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  • Patreon: Putting the Creator First

    I’m excited to share that NEA has co-led the Series E financing of 90M for Patreon! Patreon is a platform for online creators to engage with their fans (aka patrons!). More than 200,000 creators share exclusive content including videos, photos, music, drawings and writing to more than 6M patrons. Patreon aligns the creator with the patron through a subscription model. Patrons sign up to support a creator that is making content they love which they receive in return through the website or app.…

  • 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…

  • Beyond Identity: The End of Authentication Frustration

    Password incorrect.Additional verification required.Enter code to sign in.Account will be locked after one more failed attempt. We’ve all experienced the speed bumps and roadblocks that result from attempts to keep online accounts secure. Average users have a total of 90 online accounts—which means 90 passwords to keep track of, plus the added friction associated with 2FA (two-factor authentication) and MFA (multi factor authentication). It is a lot to manage, and when accounts are difficult…

  • 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…