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  • Veriflow: The Next Great Startup with Cal Connections

    Investors have long realized that great companies can grow out of academia, and NEA has been fortunate to invest in many—Tableau Software is perhaps the latest and greatest example. Nobody is ever surprised to learn that Tableau originated at Stanford—generally considered the golden goose of academic institutions with a long list of successful tech companies including Google, Sun, and Cisco to name a few. It helps that you can hit Stanford with a 9-iron from Sand Hill Road. What is…

  • State of the Startup Economy (End of Q1 2016)

    *note: originally published on Amit Mukherjee's personal blog With Q1 2016 nearly in the books, it’s obvious that the tech sector is experiencing a downturn. Having been on the ground as a venture capitalist for NEA through this cycle, I’ve experienced first-hand how sentiment and decision-making has changed over the past nine months across hundreds of deals that we have evaluated. In this blog post, I aim to (1) cite a number of data points that illustrate the downturn and (2)…

  • QUANTUM COMPUTING: TIME FOR VENTURE CAPITALISTS TO PUT CHIPS ON THE TABLE?

    Moore’s Law is the prediction that the number of transistors on a microprocessor (computer chip) will double every two years, thereby roughly doubling performance. This “law,” which has held steady for the last 50 years, might now be endangered. People have been saying Moore’s Law is dead for years, but thanks to some seriously impressive engineering at places like IBM and Intel, those people have been dead wrong. However, to keep up the pace of progress, by 2020…

  • Design and Venture Capital Q&A with Dayna Grayson

    NEA Partner Dayna Grayson recently joined the Design and Venture Capital panel at the 2016 O'Reilly Design Conference in San Francisco and weighed in on the importance of design from her position as a venture capitalist. Below are 10 questions she answered posed by moderator and leading technology design thinker, John Maeda. INVESTMENT SPACE AND DESIGN: JM: How does a design perspective help in evaluating an investment decision, in obvious ways? DG: The obvious way that a design…

  • A New Beginning…

    Dear friends and colleagues, The passage from one year to the next has always inspired gratitude in me—perhaps because at a time of transition, one can fully appreciate the blessings of the journey so far, while eagerly anticipating what lies ahead. As some of you know, this New Year marked a particularly significant milestone for me. A decade ago, on January 1, 2006, I joined NEA as a General Partner. After 10 years, five funds, nearly four dozen investments, and more blessings than I…