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  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Consumerizing Health Coverage: How a new Silicon Valley company is hitting its Stride

    How many Americans understand their health insurance coverage? According to a recent survey from the Journal of Health Economics, only about 14%. It’s one of the top personal expenditures for Americans each year, but the selection process gets a disproportionately low amount of thought and attention because it’s so confusing! One of the best analogies I can point to is purchasing a new mattress. Try shopping at various stores to find the best combination of price, performance and…