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  • #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 August 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…

  • The First Interview

    In working closely with first time founders, I often hear their feedback regarding first interviews—specifically, frustration about not being able to extract the information they want from a candidate. Despite having received the background overview from the recruiter presenting the candidate, founders may be unclear of how good the candidate would actually be for their company. Since it’s impossible to learn everything about a person in one conversation, it’s imperative to use…

  • PlayVS: Changing the Game for Esports

    I grew up as a nerdy gamer, and these days I’m not afraid to admit it. From old school text-based MUDs to early RTSs, FPSs, and MMOs; I was playing. I met friends IRL and over the Internet. I learned how to socialize, strategize, lead, support, persevere, have fun, and compete. At the same time, I was a student athlete. I was a competitive swimmer for my club team as well as my high school team, often working out 9-10 times a week and sometimes 5 hours a day.  I ended up recruiting a…