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  • Lisbon the New SF? My Observations from Web Summit

    I recently had the chance to travel to Lisbon, Portugal for Web Summit 2021. Web Summit is Europe’s biggest tech conference, bringing together many of the world’s technology leaders for a four-day event. I was lucky enough to be able to attend this year; especially since this was my first in-person conference in one and a half years. Here are a few of my observations from the trip. The excitement was real Web Summit welcomed 42,751 attendees at the kick-off, with many more people likely…

  • Empowering Gen Z Independents: Our Investment in Contra

    We are living a once-in-a-generation revolution in how we work. It’s an exciting time as individuals and companies reimagine how to collaborate, build high performing teams and define professional identity for a new normal of hybrid work. As we imagine the future of work for consumers and enterprises, we see 3 exciting trends: Accelerated digitization of industries and enterprise collaboration Reset of employee expectations in favor of flexibility and hybrid mode Innovation in…

  • Scaling in the Southeast: 5 Takeaways from a Chat with Unicorn Founders

    After a year and a half of remote work and life, it’s refreshing to see communities starting to (safely) reconvene in person — including one of my favorite communities, the Atlanta tech ecosystem. NEA has been a big supporter of Venture Atlanta for several years, and it’s with great (Georgia Tech alum) pride, that I participate in many of the group’s initiatives to foster collaboration and growth across the Southeast tech and investment sectors. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to…

  • Embracing the Future of Mobile Data

    Over the past decade, the proliferation of mobile has transformed the way people across the world live, work, and play. We’ve seen mobile expand beyond cellphones into all intelligent devices from IoT, to point-of-sale, to AR, and more. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has hastened this mobile eventuality, with corporations accelerating digitalization by seven years according to McKinsey. Mobile is now at the forefront of every strategic conversation with billions of dollars riding on…

  • Reflecting on the Hispanic American Experience

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, NEA recently hosted a panel exploring the Latino experience within the U.S. innovation ecosystem titled, The Latin/Hispanic American Experience: Embracing a Mosaic of Diversity. The latest in a series of educational programs and content spearheaded by the firm’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) initiative, the panel aimed to illuminate the breadth of backgrounds, experiences and challenges among Latino leaders. Participants included Lalo Flores, CEO,…