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  • Digital Transformation Requires Leadership

    *Originally published on Auguest 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…

  • Choosy: Ushering in a New Era of Fashion and Commerce

    Back in the early 2000s, I remember tearing through the pages of Teen Vogue to check out the latest in celebrity fashion. While I knew how to get my hands on those Juicy Couture tracksuits, not everything was that easy. That dress that Marissa wore to prom on The O.C.? I needed that. But where could I find it? Could I even afford it? Back then, we were accustomed to four fashion seasons per year, all of which required six months of lead time and offered little flexibility. Zara, of course,…