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  • Collective Health: Transforming an Industry by Focusing on Individuals

    When we first met Collective Health, it was 2014—American satisfaction with the health insurance industry had dipped to a 10-year low[1], the proliferation of mobile devices and cloud technology had already impacted major industries from IT to finance to real estate, and a new crop of startups were applying SaaS technology solutions across healthcare verticals—a trend that was increasing rapidly, and one which we followed closely. We focus on identifying companies that are addressing real…

  • How I Survived Insane Hypergrowth at Airbnb

    As I reflect on my time as Director of Product at Airbnb, I already feel a sense of nostalgia. I get another emotion, though, when I remember the harder times. Helping the business scale like crazy was a roller coaster, and there were many moments when I was ready to throw my hands up and jump on a plane to somewhere across the world (to quietly relax in an Airbnb, of course). Building a startup that is in hypergrowth is like few other professional experiences. The work environment is…

  • The Investor’s Dilemma: What Matters Most?

    People often ask VCs: What is the most important thing to look for in new investments? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer is actually pretty complicated. We look for disruption, and we look for impact. We look for teams and companies that are solving problems and challenging the status quo. More than anything, we look for the right people—for entrepreneurs who have a certain spark about them. Very rarely, the stars align so that all of those factors—the team, technology, and market…

  • For women, by women

    As an investor, I'm always looking for trends that will drive the next big economic wave. One is happening now and it might end up being the most important economic change of our generation. Nearly every part of the economy, from health and wellness, to home goods, to food and beverage, to fashion and beauty, will be remade because of women. For the first time, products for women are being made by companies founded by women, designed by women, and marketed directly to women. These products are…

  • Powering Real-Time Insights for Growth with Attest

    For a long time now, I’ve been drawn to the consumer insights and market research space—both as a consumer and investor. In fact, through the course of studying promising consumer companies over the past few years, I’ve spent no small amount of time designing and deploying surveys on consumer behavior, including fumbling through various non-intuitive survey creation workflows online, struggling to find the right target audience and then ultimately abandoning the exercise altogether upon…