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  • The Hard Work Behind Making Money Easy: Seven Founder Strategies that Drove Success at Plaid.

    Make money easier. That’s how William Hockey and Zach Perret pitched their fintech developer platform to us in 2013. It was a compelling and ambitious mission that aligned well with our deepening investment thesis around fintech. We had early conviction in Plaid’s potential to be a leader in the space, connecting banks and financial institutions to new technologies and applications. We were lucky enough that the founders allowed us to partner up with them in their seed round and every…

  • Supercharge Yourself: The Why and How of Working With Executive Coaches

    When we partner with founders, we are committed to not only helping them grow their companies, but also to helping them grow as leaders. We do this through feedback, 1-1 mentoring, events, and curated group sessions with fellow founders. We are also deep believers in the value of executive coaching as a personalized method of self-improvement and a way to gain meaningful exposure to best practices. Engaging with a coach is brave, because it requires you to hold up a mirror to yourself. It is…

  • 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…