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  • Why Design at NEA?

    A few months ago, when Dayna Grayson and Kate Barrett first mentioned to me the possibility of joining NEA as a Designer-in-Residence, I was simultaneously intrigued and excited. I became a designer because I wanted to create impactful and useful things —what would it be like to do that in partnership with the world’s largest venture capital firm? Could a heightened emphasis on design within NEA lead to greater impact for the design community, for the companies within NEA’s portfolio, and for…

    • June 24, 2015

    HackerOne: Cybersecurity is War, and We Need a New Army

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result” – Albert Einstein, 1951 “It may sound crazy to try this. But it is also irresponsible not to…” – Bill Gurley, 2015 I am excited to announce our investment in HackerOne, the leading cybersecurity marketplace which connects enterprises and governments to responsible and ethical hackers. Many of the largest Internet companies such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft learned years ago that in…

    • March 16, 2015

    Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

    Note: this post was originally published as a guest blog on TechCrunch on March 14, 2015 You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and that’s the Internet’s biggest problem today. For more than two decades, the very backbone of the Internet — the network — has subsisted in the shadows, pinned beneath the weight of a fast-growing Internet economy and a powerful cohort of incumbents with much to lose. Since the early days of SaaS, the tech world has set an astonishing pace for innovation.…

  • Open for Business: Company Building in the Age of Open Source

    When it comes to open source business models, the rules of engagement have changed—and it’s good news for entrepreneurs. For years the concept of an “open source business model” was largely aspirational. The reinvention of software as we know it has been fueled by communities, not corporations. Passionate, creative, and intensely averse to software monopolies, these communities are accelerants and advocates for technological innovation. Yet it’s become clear over time that adoption, not…

  • GoEuro: One destination, optimal transportation

    Two decades ago, planning a trip involved calling a travel agent and trusting them to book what you wanted. Today, anyone can go online and be inundated with options for flights, hotels, vacation deals, and more. Democratization of data through the Web means consumers have access to a practically limitless amount of information. This puts considerable power in the hands of individuals, but it also leads to a complex data optimization problem for consumers to match up the right set of…