January 21, 2021

CoreOS Co-Founders Alex Polvi and Brandon Philips on Tackling Enormous Opportunities

One of the more fulfilling aspects of my job is connecting new founders with experienced mentors who can help them grow. CoreOS founders Alex Polvi and Brandon Philips are among the most requested open source mentors in the GV network, for good reason.

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January 11, 2021

EQRx: Affordable Medicine When Patients Need It Most

In the summer of 2019, I was at a board offsite for Relay Therapeutics, chatting with long-time collaborator, investor, entrepreneur, and friend Alexis Borisy. Many who know Alexis acknowledge that he is seldom wrong, and never in doubt. He looked at me with all the conviction in the world to state point-blank that he wanted to tackle drug pricing.

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December 22, 2020

Allbirds Co-Founder Tim Brown on Building a Company for Your Grandkids

When I asked Allbirds Co-Founder Tim Brown what advice he’d give his eight-year-old self, it’s no surprise that he focused on relationships and guts. As someone audacious enough to turn the archaic footwear industry upside down, Tim spends as much time thinking about culture, legacy and community as he does about product materials and fit.

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December 17, 2020

PostHog Founder James Hawkins on Engineering a New Approach to Product Analytics

A year ago, entrepreneur James Hawkins and technologist Tim Glaser were hard at work as part of Y Combinator's winter 2020 cohort. Their focus: help product managers and engineers collaborate.

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December 16, 2020

Vercel Founder Guillermo Rauch on Raising Kids, Raising Capital, and Raising the Bar for Front-End Design

Vercel founder Guillermo Rauch is a passionate advocate for removing barriers to creative web development. Since back-end systems are now available off the shelf, and with innovation accelerating on the front end, developers can code, preview, and ship interactive web applications as fast as they can dream them up.

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December 15, 2020

Bowery Farming’s Irving Fain on Food, Sustainability, and Growing the Farm of the Future

Irving Fain is equal parts optimist and critic. As the founder and CEO of the modern farming company, Bowery Farming, his excitement for the future of agriculture is contagious, and his relentless push to make food production more sustainable has led to several advances in vertical indoor farming.

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December 11, 2020

Dr. Richard Scheller on Scientific Rigor, Genetics, and the Evolution of Drug Development

I first met Richard Scheller fifteen years ago when we worked together at Genentech. Richard’s pioneering work in drug development and oncology has touched millions of cancer patients, and I’ve learned a tremendous amount from him over the years.

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December 10, 2020

The Shape of Metal: How Desktop Metal Took 3D Printing from Sci-Fi to Reality

Desktop Metal has shaped how metal is produced, ushering in a new era for 3D printing that brings digitized technology to manufacturing. On behalf of GV, congratulations to Ric Fulop and the entire team Desktop Metal team on taking the company public today.

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December 08, 2020

"Absolutely Remarkable": Richard Scheller on COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthroughs

Last week I asked my longtime colleague, GV advisor Richard Scheller, for his perspective on the latest COVID-19 vaccine news. Richard has dedicated his life to developing new medicines, and as the leader of multiple R&D organizations, he pioneered oncology drugs that have helped millions of people.

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December 01, 2020

Extra Crunch Live: MG Siegler on Remote Work and The Keys To Startup Success during COVID-19

Recently, GV General Partner (and TechCrunch alum) M.G. Siegler sat down with Darrell Etherington on TechCrunch’s Extra Crunch Live. They discussed what startup fundraising looks like eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of remote work.

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November 25, 2020

Vaccitech Co-Founder Professor Adrian Hill on Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine

Following this week’s news that AstraZeneca, the University of Oxford, and Vaccitech have teamed up to deliver a promising vaccine for COVID-19, my colleague Vidu Shanmugarajah and I invited Vaccitech co-founder Dr. Adrian Hill to talk with our portfolio CEOs about the battle against the pandemic.

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November 24, 2020

Sebastian Thrun on Tackling the Impossible

Sebastian Thrun is among the most prolific entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. As a serial founder whose ventures include Google X, education trailblazer Udacity, and transportation company Kitty Hawk, he is an enormously big thinker whose natural curiosity leads him to take on seemingly impossible projects.

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November 18, 2020

Investors Tyson Clark and Sydney Sykes on Championing Diversity in Venture Capital

As part of our new video series examining diversity across venture capital and tech, I recently invited investor and BLCK VC founder Sydney Sykes to talk about breaking into venture, the mission for BLCK VC, and the current ecosystem for Black investors. We also invited members of the BLCK VC community to submit questions.

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November 18, 2020

Headway: A Path to Mental Health Support During a Time of Crisis

As the pandemic disrupts our lives physically, socially, emotionally, and financially, many of us will experience a subclinical mental health struggle with anxiety, mood issues, family and relationships.

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November 17, 2020

How a U.S. Marine Built HOVER to Recreate Homes in 3D

Before jumping into the technology industry over a decade ago, I spent six years in the United States Navy. I served on submarines as both a nuclear propulsion officer and scuba diver, roles which taught me the value of character and the meaning of true grit.

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November 12, 2020

The Future of Education: Swing Education’s Mike Teng on COVID-19, Schools, and Social Equity in Distanced Learning

As schools grapple with questions about how and when to reopen amid the COVID pandemic, I asked Swing Education Co-founder and CEO Mike Teng for his perspective on the future of K-12 education.

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October 29, 2020

Gitlab CEO Sid Sijbrandij Shares His Blueprint for the Future of Work

Sid Sijbrandij is a visionary leader. As Co-founder & CEO of GitLab, he forged a new way of operating by scaling the company to more than a thousand team members, all working remotely.

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October 27, 2020

A Bet on Betty Labs and the Future of Sports Audio

Today, Howard and Betty Labs team announced $9.3M in seed funding led by GV and officially launched Locker Room. This is Betty Labs’ vision for talking about the sports we love in the digital era.

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October 23, 2020

Exploring Diversity and Anti-Racism in the Workplace with Dr. Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey

Last week, UK-based diversity expert Dr. Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey and I hosted our European portfolio companies in a wide-ranging conversation on inequality and race.

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October 14, 2020

GV’s Newest Investing Partner: Terri Burns

If you've spent much time around our GV team in the past few years, you probably already know Terri Burns, a bright star with seemingly boundless energy for our day-to-day work.

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October 13, 2020

Reducing Medical Coding Complexity with Nym Health

Nym speaks the language of healthcare in a way that medical providers and computer scientists both understand. At GV, we talk about finding companies that bridge the divide between breakthrough technology and healthcare.

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October 12, 2020

Segment and Twilio: The Future of Customer Engagement

This morning, Segment announced its intent to join Twilio, another company highlighting the massive enterprise shift toward API-driven value.

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October 09, 2020

How to Ace Remote Schooling: Swing Education’s Mike Teng on Creating Learning Pods

As the U.S. adjusts to the dynamics of remote schooling, GV asked Swing Education co-founder and CEO Mike Teng for tips on creating positive homeschool environments that work for kids and their families.

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October 01, 2020

Pixie Labs: Emerging from Stealth to Make The Hard Things Easy for Developers

Pixie Labs launches today to give developers a powerful toolset to monitor the performance of applications running on Kubernetes.

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October 01, 2020

Tend: The Move to Modern Dentistry

Today, Tend announces its $37 million Series B led by GV. This is the first bet we’ve made on the dental industry. At GV, we like to invest at intersections that combine disparate fields of study and propel new ways of thinking.

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September 28, 2020

HAGS: A Lesson in How to Build for Gen-Z

Earlier this summer, high school students around the country realized that there was one small but essential graduation moment they would miss during the pandemic: signing yearbooks in-person.

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September 08, 2020

Four Steps to Develop A Race-Conscious Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

GV’s diversity and inclusion partner, Candice Morgan, explains the four steps companies must take to build a race-conscious equity strategy.

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August 25, 2020

Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Stanford University's Chris Ré

Chris is the kind of entrepreneur we love at GV. He's inherently curious with a passion for learning; he prioritizes what matters and has the self-confidence to stay focused.

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August 03, 2020

A Conversation on The State of Mental Health in 2020 

GV Venture Partner Ben Robbins hosted a panel last week on mental health and examined ways to cope with quarantine-related anxiety, family issues, the variety of losses many of us are experiencing, burnout, and social isolation.

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July 22, 2020

Encoded Therapeutics and the Drive to End Pediatric Epilepsy

If they succeed, their approach to gene therapy will not only rescue families with Dravet Syndrome, but may lead to solving other pediatric genetic diseases.

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July 16, 2020

Relay Therapeutics: The 100-Year Race towards Better Drug Discovery

Relay's technology can visualize and target moving proteins in the human body. By identifying and simulating the underlying proteins that cause disease, Relay can design better drugs to treat cancer and other devastating genetic diseases.

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July 14, 2020

Diving Deeper into Machine Learning with Snorkel AI

Snorkel’s vision is to make it dead simple for even non-developers to build and deploy ML applications in a fraction of the time. It’s an exciting prospect with significant implications for how we can dive even more deeply into machine learning for decades to come.

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July 08, 2020

A Conversation with TechCrunch on Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Tech

GV principal Terri Burns was asked for her observations on fostering diversity and inclusion in tech, and reasons for optimism. Below is a transcript of the conversation that originally appeared in TechCrunch.

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July 02, 2020

Some Thoughts on Lemonade’s IPO

Lemonade has built on its promise to take the headache out of insurance for homeowners and renters. As a full-stack insurer, it redesigned almost all of the traditional insurance value chain to keep premiums low, and offer renters and home insurance quotes algorithmically.

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May 28, 2020

Congratulations to ThousandEyes on Joining Forces with Cisco

It has been a privilege to partner with Mohit, Ricardo, and the entire team as they built ThousandEyes to this point. Please join me in congratulating them on their continued success as a part of the Cisco family.

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May 26, 2020

Scandit Series C: Mobile Computer Vision Means Business

It takes more than just technical excellence and a compelling vision to build the next great startup; it takes dedicated people, productive co-founder relationships, and the ability to adapt to rapidly evolving business needs.

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May 19, 2020

COVID-19: Moving from Fear to Owning Our Future

This morning GV brought together a group of leaders across technology, healthcare, and public policy to discuss the impact of COVID-19 with Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann.

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April 27, 2020

The Road to ROME's Series A: Exploring the Human Genome to Develop Novel Therapeutics

Exploring the human genome to advance medicine is one of the most meaningful things we can do in our lifetimes to improve health.

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April 17, 2020

A Fine Line — Some Thoughts on GV’s Latest Investment in Stripe

Stripe is a business that emerges from our current turmoil stronger because they've helped support millions of other businesses in this time. And, as the world heals, helps countless businesses rebuild or get started.

Crosspost from 500ish Words.

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