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  • Becoming NEA: A New Look for a Storied Brand

    “…it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” - B. Russell A few weeks ago, I ran into one of NEA’s retired GPs in our Menlo Park office. This is not unusual—it seems that people rarely retire from NEA, they just spend less time in the office. On this particular day, it felt serendipitous…I’d been trying to chase down a bit of firm history for weeks, and if anyone could restore some…

  • Forter: The new force behind retail and ecommerce security

    A decade ago, when we heard the term “retail security” it was likely to evoke images of mall security guards patrolling local shopping centers. But now, it’s 2016 and things have changed. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, ecommerce sales were $341.7B last year (up 14.6% ), with ecommerce as a percent of overall retail sales also continuing a steady climb. With the shift in the way people spend, comes the demand to evolve protection of companies and consumers.…

  • Envisioning the Future

    Sometimes in the business of venture capital, we have the privilege of seeing the future. Six years ago on my very first day here at NEA, Lytro’s founder Ren Ng bounded into our conference room with a remarkable camera his team had built on the principles of his groundbreaking ­­­ and award winning ­­­ Stanford dissertation on light field imaging. It was a computational camera that collected way more data than a conventional one, effectively turning optics into…

  • What size Series A round can you expect to raise?

    *note: originally published on Amit Mukherjee's personal blog There are few variables that impact a startup’s trajectory as profoundly as the size of its Series A. Raising $10M versus $3M will fundamentally alter a company’s growth. Hiring, product development, and the number of customers the company acquires are all capital-constrained activities. Despite how critical the size of the Series A is, few seed-stage entrepreneurs have a deep appreciation for how large a…

  • FUSIONOPS:  TRANSFORMING THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN FOR THE ON-DEMAND WORLD

    We are excited to be a part of the $25 M financing announced today for FusionOps, who has rapidly grown to become the world’s leading supply chain intelligence cloud.  NEA was privileged to invest in the company two years ago and has watched FusionOps grow its customers, revenues, and usage by over 400% since that time.  Their unique solution combines industry-specific supply chain expertise with today’s modern cloud and big data analytics, making traditionally opaque…