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  • For women, by women

    As an investor, I'm always looking for trends that will drive the next big economic wave. One is happening now and it might end up being the most important economic change of our generation. Nearly every part of the economy, from health and wellness, to home goods, to food and beverage, to fashion and beauty, will be remade because of women. For the first time, products for women are being made by companies founded by women, designed by women, and marketed directly to women. These products are…

  • Powering Real-Time Insights for Growth with Attest

    For a long time now, I’ve been drawn to the consumer insights and market research space—both as a consumer and investor. In fact, through the course of studying promising consumer companies over the past few years, I’ve spent no small amount of time designing and deploying surveys on consumer behavior, including fumbling through various non-intuitive survey creation workflows online, struggling to find the right target audience and then ultimately abandoning the exercise altogether upon…

    • May 6, 2019

    The Twenty Minute VC with Dayna Grayson

    Dayna Grayson recently chatted with Harry Stebbings for his latest podcast episode of The Twenty Minute VC. In the episode, they cover: 1) Path: How Dayna made her way from product design and engineering into the world of venture and came to be a Partner at NEA. 2.) Sourcing: How does Dayna approach the sourcing component of venture today? What does the deck filtering process look like to Dayna, prior to meeting? What has Dayna found works best in really building rapport in the first meetings?…

  • Cleo, a support system for working parents; linchpin of the femtech ecosystem

    One of the things that has excited me the most in the two and a half years since becoming a venture capitalist is the rise of femtech. Femtech is the fast-growing category of products and services designed to improve women's health and wellbeing, from fertility and reproductive health, to smart breast pumps and breast milk delivery, to mental health and general wellness and everything in between. The term femtech was coined by Ida Tin, founder and CEO of period tracking app Clue, right around…

  • Our investment in BlackBird, the world’s first flights marketplace

    Today I am excited to announce that NEA has led the $10M Series A funding in BlackBird. I’ve known the company and its founder, Rudd Davis, since I first made an angel investment in the startup in 2017, and have been blown away by the team’s ability to create a flights marketplace. Here is what got me so excited about BlackBird. Entrepreneurs are remaking every part of transportation ecosystem, and NEA has invested in many of them, but innovation has come on either the short or long end of…