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  • Innovation Physics: Part 1

    This post is dedicated to Harry R. Weller. We worked together in framing it and writing it for over two-and-a-half years. The contents are largely his vision, which informed his investment decisions for over a decade. I learned an immeasurable amount from him through the countless discussions and iterations leading to this post; though our conversations were always winding, those who knew Harry knew that he could always see around corners.   Introduction Innovation physics is a…

  • Biz Dev Can Make (or Break) Your Startup: 10 Rules for Getting It Right

    In more than 10 years as a VC, I’ve seen just about everything when it comes to strategic partnerships. But experience is often the best teacher, and the advice I give my portfolio companies on biz dev initiatives usually comes straight from my time spent in the trenches, running OEM and strategic alliances for Diane Greene at VMware. The expertise I gained during the company’s early years has helped to shape many of my portfolio companies’ strategies, and I have strong…

  • The Future of Design in Start-Ups Survey: 2016 Results

    Over the past five years or so, design has certainly become a hot topic in start-up circles. We’ve seen large incumbents like Google embrace design, and seen entire brand-first consumer e-commerce companies reach stratospheric levels of success. And while everyone talks about design’s importance in building an amazing company, it’s been very surprising to us that there is very little data about why, when or how to integrate design into company operations. So, in August of…

  • One Year of Design at the World’s Largest VC Firm

    It’s been about 12 months since I started at NEA as a Designer-In-Residence. We have about 450 companies in our portfolio and I’ve been fortunate to connect with a good 10% of them (400 to go!). I’ve worked with CEO’s, Founders, and Heads of Product and Design at companies all the way from the seed stage to Series D and beyond.  I’ve spent time a good deal of time getting to know the products and processes of our various companies across verticals from…

    • August 2, 2016

    NEA Design Residents: Creating Value in 10 Weeks

      Maggie Banks, Jet.com Intern  This summer, a select group of design students from world-class design schools have been hard at work inside some of NEA’s hottest NY-based portfolio companies. Spearheaded by NEA Designer-in-Residence Albert Lee, this new program pairs talented designers with cutting-edge companies Jet.com, 53, GlamSquad, Enigma and Casper for an immersive 10-week summer internship. With guidance throughout from mentors at NEA and participating…