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  • Culture:  Why It Matters from Day One - and Every Day After

    “Culture, culture, culture.” While speaking at NEA’s tech CEO retreat last week, Nick Woodman called out culture again and again as a fundamental and determining factor in his—or any—company’s success. As the founder of recently public GoPro, Nick has spent plenty of time in the trenches telling his story to investors, consumers and employees—being able to articulate how he’s built a wildly successful business, and why it will continue to be…

  • The Last Mile of Enterprise Applications

    At NEA we’ve been privileged to help fuel the evolution of enterprise software from on-premise to the cloud by working with category-defining SaaS companies such as WebEx, Salesforce.com, and Workday. We continue to invest in the SaaS transformation of the enterprise, from emerging big data applications (check out our colleague Scott Sandell’s take on this shift) to the rise of industry-specific or “vertical” SaaS—think utilities (Opower) or education…

  • GoEuro: One destination, optimal transportation

    Two decades ago, planning a trip involved calling a travel agent and trusting them to book what you wanted.  Today, anyone can go online and be inundated with options for flights, hotels, vacation deals, and more. Democratization of data through the Web means consumers have access to a practically limitless amount of information. This puts considerable power in the hands of individuals, but it also leads to a complex data optimization problem for consumers to match up the right set of…

  • Unlocking Human Potential: What We Learned from NEA’s New Design Studio Format

    In a mobile-first world, design is not only key to developing products consumers love, but needs to be a core part of a company’s DNA from the earliest days. Brand differentiation and consumer behavior now hinge on a product’s design, and we see a growing number of talented designers making the leap to entrepreneurship. In 2013, NEA created the Design Studio, a summer-long mentorship program for designers interested in founding companies. One year later, we kicked off our second…

  • IIX: Network Interconnectivity for the Enterprise Masses

    In today’s anytime-anywhere business world, we expect instantaneous response whenever we access a file from Box, search for a new recruit on LinkedIn, or launch a video conference on Blue Jeans Network. And in today’s mobile first, real-time data, video-centric, everything-as-a-service world, the costs are high when a business fails to deliver.  A widely quoted calculation when it comes to B2C applications is that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost Amazon $1.6…