April 08, 2021

Theory and Practice: A Conversation with the Broad Institute's Anne Carpenter

GV Podcast Theory and Practice talks to Dr Anne Carpenter, inventor of CellProfiler, who designed a method for coloring and analyzing cells. She works at the Broad Institute as the Senior Director of the Imaging Platform and is an Institute Scientist.

Read more
April 07, 2021

Facebook Veteran Julie Zhuo: Lessons from High-Growth Startups and How to Hire Exceptional Designers

I first met creative entrepreneur Julie Zhuo at Facebook when the company had just a few scrappy offices in Palo Alto and we were celebrating a couple hundred million users. Julie started at Facebook as an engineering intern, worked her way up to Vice President of Design, and then made the jump back into the startup world with her new company, Sundial.

Read more
April 01, 2021

Women of Color, Board Service, and the Value We Bring

Boards of directors are the people who determine business decisions that shape many aspects of society. Prominent efforts to increase gender diversity on boards are making a difference, albeit slowly — in 2020 more women were in the boardroom in both private and public companies. However, in a country in which women of color are nearly one in five Americans, under 5% of Fortune 500 board directors are women of color...

Read more
March 31, 2021

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann: Leadership, Gender, and Impact

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann recently spoke with our GV Impact List 2021 leaders, openly sharing the stories and insights she has gained over four decades of breaking glass. In our chat, she explores what it’s like to upend cultural norms, the importance of learning from — and learning to negotiate with — fierce leaders, the art of advocating for yourself, and tackling key issues like pay disparity and discrimination in the workplace.

Read more
March 25, 2021

Leyden Labs’ Unconventional Approach to Pandemic Preparedness with Intranasal Medicine

During the first lockdown in Amsterdam last May, biotech leader Koenraad Wiedhaup met safely outdoors with a small handful of concerned virologists and healthcare executives. "We asked ourselves one question," Koenraad recalls. "How can we ensure that this pandemic will never happen again?"

Read more
March 16, 2021

Plexo’s Lo Toney on Diversity and Equity in Venture Capital

I first met Lo Toney seven years ago when we teamed up to develop GV’s first diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Part of our mission was to find ways to increase investments in startups founded by women and people of color, not just at GV but across venture capital.

Read more
March 10, 2021

Adagio Therapeutics' Tillman Gerngross on Bringing Covid-19 Antibodies to Clinical Trials in Record Time

As COVID-19 began to spread rapidly across the world in March 2020, Tillman Gerngross and a team of highly regarded scientists founded Adagio Therapeutics — a spin-off of Adimab — to tackle the pandemic and related coronaviruses that may emerge in the future.

Read more
March 08, 2021

Introducing the GV Impact List 2021

25 Leaders Changing the Face of Tech and Life Sciences

In honor of International Women’s Day today, our annual GV Impact List pays tribute to 25 leaders who are changing the face of technology and life sciences.

Read more
March 04, 2021

Doppler: Keeping Secrets in Sync for Modern Developers

At just 26, Doppler CEO Brian Vallelunga knows a lot about keeping secrets. This former lead software engineer at Uber and Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree has made it his mission to take the headache out of secrets management for developers.

Read more
February 23, 2021

“Anything Is Possible”: How Multiverse Apprenticeships Create New Paths to Career Success

In 2019, more than 7.2 million job openings in the U.S. could not be filled, due to the growing skills gap in the workforce. According to the World Economic Forum, closing the skills gap by 2028 could boost global GDP by $11.5 trillion...

Read more
February 22, 2021

Nanit: Investing in Better Sleep for Families

As a mother of three, Nanit CEO Sarah Dorsett knows firsthand just how important it is for parents and babies to get proper sleep. "On average, parents lose 44 nights of sleep in just their first year of parenting," she says. And living through COVID-19 hasn't made sleep routines easier on families."

Read more
February 17, 2021

Dandelion’s Kathy Hannun On Why Geothermal is Heating Up

As climate change has increasingly become the most pressing issue of our generation, sustainability presents the kind of opportunity we're especially excited about at GV: a problem of global magnitude, and solutions that require both creativity and engineering.

Read more
February 08, 2021

Dialpad’s Craig Walker on His Entrepreneurial Journey: “Work Isn’t a Place You Go”

Eleven years ago, when I set up GV with three other general partners, we began with the thesis that we’d bet on people as much as companies. Serial entrepreneur Craig Walker was one of the first founders we backed, and we brought him into GV even before he knew exactly what kind of company he would start...

Read more
February 03, 2021

The Future of Local Commerce is Nearby

When COVID-19 hit early last year, April Underwood, like all of us, watched in disbelief as small businesses in her town of San Anselmo were forced to scramble overnight and figure out how to stay alive. This trend, of course, was happening far and wide. Last fall, the WSJ reported on a study that found one in five businesses...

Read more
February 02, 2021

Remote Work Is the Future: Five Highlights From Gitlab's Playbook

As remote work becomes even more ubiquitous—and with the trend likely to continue post-pandemic—companies need to rethink the way they communicate culture, values, and expectations for how teams work together. As a pioneer in remote work, GitLab has scaled to more than 1300 team members across 68 countries without opening any offices...

Read more
January 28, 2021

My Once and Future Travel Buddy: Some Thoughts on GV's Investment in Gowalla

The year was 2011 and it was my first trip to London. I was there by myself. But I wasn’t alone. I had Gowalla with me. I was still a reporter at the time, and for the couple of years prior to that, the “location wars” between players like Gowalla and Foursquare had been one of my key beats...

Read more
January 27, 2021

Welcoming Our Newest Advisor: Katie Dill, Former Design Lead at Airbnb and Lyft

In my previous role as head of UX for G Suite at Google, I led a team of 180 designers. I also worked on smaller and more agile product and design teams at GoPro and Walmart Labs. If there is one thing that I've learned in my 20+ years in design, there are vastly different opinions about what “design executive” actually means, and where that role fits within an organization.

Read more
January 26, 2021

Vectorized's Alex Gallego and Google's Kelsey Hightower on the Language of Operational Simplicity

Before even thinking about starting a company, Vectorized CEO Alexander Gallego has had plenty of opportunities to test his resilience and grit. At just 14, he immigrated to the U.S from Manizales, Colombia. Here he reveled in opportunities to learn and grow.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more