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  • Choosy: Ushering in a New Era of Fashion and Commerce

    Back in the early 2000s, I remember tearing through the pages of Teen Vogue to check out the latest in celebrity fashion. While I knew how to get my hands on those Juicy Couture tracksuits, not everything was that easy. That dress that Marissa wore to prom on The O.C.? I needed that. But where could I find it? Could I even afford it? Back then, we were accustomed to four fashion seasons per year, all of which required six months of lead time and offered little flexibility. Zara, of course,…

  • Fishing Scheme: Artificial Intelligence for an Authentic Solution

    At NEA, we are constantly on the lookout for talented entrepreneurs, and unique applications of innovative technologies. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to find both in the same place—as we did with Bryton Shang and Aquabyte.   Today, we are thrilled to announce our investment in Aquabyte, a startup applying computer vision and machine learning models to optimize fish farming efficiency. My partner Greg Papadopoulos and I are leading this investment on behalf of NEA. Having a…

    • December 9, 2013

    VCs and angels take aim, entrepreneurs caught in crosshairs

    It's time for VCs and angels to set aside their differences, in part because they are largely cosmetic. Note: this post was originally published as a guest column on Fortune Term Sheet on December 4, 2013 No topic fuels more discussion and debate within the early-stage investment community than the dynamics between VC and angel investors. Are they natural enemies or complementary players in an increasingly diverse funding ecosystem? Or both? AngelList's introduction of…

  • Bullish on Boston: Why Biotech (and More) is Booming

    I spend a lot of time in Boston these days. So do many of my partners. In fact, half of our partnership serves on boards in Boston, and we have about two dozen Boston companies in our active portfolio. This is not a new phenomenon—NEA has always been among the most active VCs in Boston—but today we’re spending more time here than ever before. Why? Because we’re seeing more opportunity here than ever before. This might sound counterintuitive at a time when many in our…

    • October 2, 2013

    By the Numbers:  A Big Deal for Big Data as Monsanto Buys Climate Corporation

    Today’s announcement that Monsanto will acquire Climate Corporation for about $1B is a big deal for many reasons: by the numbers, it’s one of the year’s largest M&A transactions for a venture-backed company, coming from a sector few would expect and a buyer far afield of the ‘usual suspects’ for a tech acquisition of this size. The company is an outlier, in almost every sense of the word. Through several rounds of financing and some very graceful pivots,…