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  • Our Investment in Datafold—the Data Observability Platform

    One of the biggest shifts we’re seeing in the data ecosystem is the rise of the analytics engineer. These are data practitioners who are used to working with SQL and BI platforms. Increasingly however, they own the model creation, data extraction, transformation, and flow, and they are building systems around their practice to have good CI, version control, and documentation. The craft of analytics is progressing and becoming more like software development, and we’re excited to invest in…

  • GRID: The New Face of Spreadsheets

    “Hey, can you show me how our 2021 forecast would change if we increased the marketing budget?” You quickly get to work, rustling through 4-5 applications (Slack, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook…) for an hour to prepare the results...Whew!“Oh, sorry, did I say 2021 performance? I meant 2022. And what if we were able to decrease our travel expenses as well?” ...Back to the drawing board. The above scenario is all too familiar to the large population of global workers who interface with…

  • 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…