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  • Beyond the Brunch: Takeaways from a Gathering of Female Founders

    Since joining NEA, I have been part of a dedicated focus to increase, support, and promote diversity within the firm and our portfolio. While we have still have a long way to go, I am proud of the excellent group of female founders in our portfolio. One specific sector in our portfolio, the Direct to Consumer (D2C) sector, has many companies that are breaking out and changing the landscape of their respective industries (think: Mejuri, goop, Tamara Mellon, Willow, etc…). We’ve recently seen…

  • The Onshape Story

    Today, PTC announced announced that they are acquiring Onshape in a move that could dominate the stage for collaborative product development and data management for at least the next decade. It’s no surprise that this team, led by Jon Hirschtick and John McEleney, has again created something that will have a lasting impact; in the nineties, this same team created Solidworks, which offered the first graphical user interface in Windows for computer aided design—a brand new experience in a design…

  • What the World Needs Now: Why Instabase Will Lead the Biggest Enterprise Transformation Yet

    When I was first introduced to Anant Bhardwaj through a mutual friend, two things were immediately apparent: (1) I didn’t fully understand what he was building, and (2) I wanted in. To advance my cause on both counts, I pulled in my partner Forest Baskett, who has one of the sharpest technical minds around. In fact, Anant and Forest share many of the same qualities—soft spoken, brilliant, and far more savvy in sizing up people than one might expect. After meeting with Anant, Forest grabbed…

  • The Next Chapter in Data Analytics

    Data-driven decision making is fundamental for all modern businesses. Companies that haven’t figured out how to use data to their advantage must evolve or risk being outcompeted. It’s been no secret to any VC over the past six to seven years that big data is an interesting and attractive investment area. You may be tempted to think that the area has run its course and all the “unicorn” ideas have been funded—but believe it or not, there are still opportunities to build billion-dollar businesses…

  • Stockwell Has The Goods. Announcing NEA’s Series B Investment

    In tech, timing is everything. That’s why I am thrilled to finally announce NEA’s Series B investment in Stockwell, one of the most disruptive commerce companies I’ve seen, and the largest deal I’ve led in the 7 years I’ve been at NEA. Stockwell is delivering on its mission of transforming any space into a modern retail experience with a next generation vending machine. It just achieved a 1,000 store milestone. Having spent the last year on their board, I'm beyond eager to shine some light on…