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  • HackerOne:  Cybersecurity is War, and We Need a New Army

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result”  – Albert Einstein, 1951 “It may sound crazy to try this.  But it is also irresponsible not to…” – Bill Gurley, 2015 I am excited to announce our investment in HackerOne, the leading cybersecurity marketplace which connects enterprises and governments to responsible and ethical hackers.  Many of the largest Internet companies such as…

  • Why Derek Jeter is hitting a Home Run as an Entrepreneur

    “I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.”  - Derek Jeter, 2015 I am excited to announce our investment in The Players’ Tribune, an innovative new media company founded by Derek Jeter.  NEA has a longstanding history of working with accomplished entrepreneurs, but few with a career as celebrated as Derek’s, which includes 5 World Series titles and 14 All-Star appearances.  Derek is known not only for his commitment to…

  • A Venture Capitalist’s Second Thoughts on Patent Reform

    Note: this post was originally published as a opinon piece in The Wall Street Journal on May 31, 2015 The patent-reform legislation currently being considered by Congress is touted as a crackdown on “patent trolls,” but it would inflict unintended damage on our innovation economy by making it more difficult for small companies to enforce their property rights against infringers. The term “patent troll,” as I understand it, refers to a company that purchases flimsy…

  • The Indian Family and the Mobile Internet

    It’s hard to deny the magnitude of media and household attention that has been focused on the recent hyper-growth of the digital economy in India. Indeed, it is incredible how much lifestyles in India have changed in the past year due to the conveniences of the mobile internet. Today, we can purchase everything from clothes to cars and sofas to solitaires on our mobile devices thanks to NEA portfolio company Naaptol and other innovative ecommerce platforms. Every city has thousands of…

  • Placester: helping real estate agents move to a vertical cloud

    Buying a home is the single biggest financial decision that most Americans make in their lifetime. And to guide them along this journey to find the perfect home, almost all Americans turn to real estate agents. As a result, the real estate agent profession is one of the largest in the United States with over 1.1M agents. However, real estate agents have had almost no purpose built software options even though they collectively manage a significant portion of the US economy. Instead, agents have…