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  • Investing in Marketplaces at NEA

    After a nine-year hiatus from venture, during which I was building the product team at Airbnb, I am thrilled to be back, investing in consumer technology as a partner at NEA. The opportunities today are far greater than they were in 2009, in the doldrums of the financial crisis. It feels like a step function change in the level of activity that is occurring in the startup ecosystem. Entrepreneurship has been democratized. Technology has seeped into the lives of everyone around the world,…

  • Things are Getting Hot in Metal 3D Printing

    *This post was originally published on LinkedIn As I’ve participated in the digital revolution of manufacturing over the past decade, I’ve come to believe that productivity will be redefined by the “Four A’s:” artificial intelligence, analytics, automation and additive manufacturing. Among those forces, additive manufacturing -- or 3D Printing -- may be the most disruptive. I saw it first-hand at GE – one of the world’s largest manufacturers -- as the…

  • #Mindfulness

    Today, fitness permeates many aspects of our lives and culture. From what we wear (Nike, Lululemon, Adidas) and how we socialize (Equinox, SoulCycle) to our sources of motivation (Instagram fitness influencers) and methods of transportation (Bird, Lime and the dock-less bike mafia), our habits have evolved with our understanding of how to live longer and healthier lives. For the past decade, investors have capitalized on, and fueled significant growth in, the fitness category. We believe that…

  • Digital Transformation Requires Leadership

    *Originally published on Auguest 6th, 2018 on LinkedIn. The internet has had a massive impact on consumer and enterprise markets. However, it has had little effect on industrial businesses or healthcare. In fact, most IT investments on platforms such as ERP, CRM or EMR led to improved communications or compliance but not substantial enhancements in productivity, quality or growth. That could change, but success is not assured. The next wave of tools is transformative: data, analytics, digital…

  • Our Partnership with Formlabs

    Since Max Lobovsky, Natan Linder and David Cranor founded Formlabs, the 3D printing space changed dramatically. As a consumer craze, it fizzled. 3D printing in the consumer world today connotes disposable trinkets, DIY experimentation or even kids’ toys. But 3D printing has quietly become very important to a massive industry:  manufacturing. Pioneering companies like Formlabs and DesktopMetal, another NEA portfolio company, are making 3D printing a reality for manufacturing end-use…