In the latest episode of the “Voices of KPCB” podcast, KPCB design partner John Maeda and talent partner Andy Chen speak to Elaine Zhoe and Viraj Bindra, on how they successfully navigated between engineering and design disciplines, which are seeing increasing overlap in the tech industry.
I loved my time in school but it wasn’t until I left graduate school at the University of Washington that my real education began (beyond having learned how to learn). Looking back at it, I’ve had a great career working on Microsoft’s early cloud-computing efforts, founding and then selling my own company, leading software development of webOS at Palm, then engineering at Twitter, and now, investing and advising young start-ups. In each and every experience, I made mistakes, fixed them, and made some more. I may have even notched a few wins along the way.
In a prior era, some considered it best practice to bring in “professional managers” to run the businesses started by creative and hard-working entrepreneurs once those business began to scale and appeared to need “adult supervision.” The term “upgrade management” is still occasionally heard among investors but never in front of founders.
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At the age of 22, I had just graduated from college in the United Kingdom and I was beginning my career at a Fortune 50 company. I had everything that I could ever want: I was on a track toward leadership at the company, I had just bought a new car, I was earning money and my parents were proud. But surprise, I hated it.
For business leaders today, no task is more important than ensuring confidence and trust in the organizations they lead. The boardroom has woken up to the importance of security – and to the enormity of what it will take to protect company and consumer data from attacks.
In this edition of the “Voices of KPCB” podcast series, KPCB partner Creighton Hicks sits down with Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, to discuss the computing and infrastructure behind the next generation of applications. They highlight the latest trends and techniques in the industry – including virtualization, containers, warehouse scale computing and security – and what to expect in the years to come.
Push the boundaries: join a board. I strongly recommend that all professionals get involved with work outside of their day job and, when they can, join a board – the right board – as a way to keep highly motivated at work. A few years into my career at KPCB–just when I was starting to really hit my stride (and probably my comfort zone)–my KP partner John Doerr came to me with a completely out-of-the-box request: Would I be willing to speak with Bono and Bobby Shriver about the “Product RED” initiative they recently launched in the U.K.?
KPCB Partner John Doerr hosts a behind the scenes conversation with Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google, on Work Rules!, which Doerr calls “the Best Business Book of the Year.” They cover topics ranging from the secret to Google’s success, to why you should take power away from your managers and pay less, and how work really can “suck less” for everyone.
Every day, we create 2.5 billion gigabytes of data. New developments in data storage, ranging from Hadoop to object-oriented approaches, have enabled us to store that data more efficiently, and advances in visualization technology turn the data into actionable business intelligence. Still, so much of the data is untouched, awaiting the development of new analytic methods that will generate the insights that business leaders need.
When I went to Silicon Valley at the end of 2013, I had that feeling that comes every so often in one’s life: of not being too early, and not being too late. I had listened to the co-founder of Airbnb, Joe Gebbia, as he visited the Rhode Island School of Design each year as an alumnus and later as a trustee, and he would tell me that Silicon Valley was amazing. Frankly, I didn’t believe him. I had spent twelve years of my life at the MIT Media Lab, ubiquitously known in the tech world for being “amazing,” and by the mid-2000s “the cloud” was getting boring for me. I wanted to be closer to creation — “the dirt” of the physical world.
In this edition of the “Voices of KPCB” podcast series, KPCB partners Creighton Hicks and Wen Hsieh talk to Peter Godman, CEO of Qumulo, about the new era of data storage we’re in. In fact, they agree that “data storage” is no longer what consumers and enterprises most urgently need – instead, we’ve moved on to an age in which data analytics and searchability are of paramount importance to the ever-expanding mass of big data.
Design has become a game changer in Silicon Valley. Last year, John Maeda joined KPCB as the firm’s first Design Partner, joining from his role as the President of the Rhode Island School of Design. Now, in his inaugural #DesignInTech Report, Maeda highlights the rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Drawing on extensive research and his own conversations with hundreds of designers, Maeda examines the intersection of design, business, and technology. The report covers trends ranging from the record amounts of funding flowing into design-led startups to M&A activity with major tech corporations. Beyond designers and technologists, the report will appeal to a broad audience. For all of us who use a computer or mobile device, great design is changing how we live and work. This report helps explain why.
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KPCB partner Mike Abbott recently hosted a panel discussion about the intersection of engineering and management in front of an audience of leaders of KPCB’s portfolio companies. The panelists included Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering at Airbnb, Jeff Huber, SVP at Google X, and Alex Roetter, VP of Engineering at Twitter. This podcast captures the highlights of their conversation, which focused on the excitement but also the challenges of successfully managing engineering teams at a fast-growing company.
The greatest companies have clear vision. It’s the north star — the big, timeless idea that frames every key decision made by the company. The people we hired to build Twitter could have built cool apps or services anywhere. But what really got everyone excited was the impact they’d have on building ‘the global town square’. Staying up late to fix a critical bug is much easier when you realize you’re giving people a voice.
The A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series hosted venture capitalist John Doerr at UC Berkeley in a question and answer session where he helped enlighten students on such topics as startups, healthcare, education, policy & politics, venture capital, the sharing economy, and jobs in emerging markets.
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Interest in the Internet of Things has focused on the connected home, with attention to newly designed thermostats, lights, and security systems. Yet the connected home is just the first wave of a greater transition toward “smart, connected products” throughout the economy. The next wave, focusing on what is known as the Industrial Internet, may have an even more transformative effect on our lives.
We live in a world awash in media, from music to photos to home videos to TV to movies. We may download the media, or stream it, or create it ourselves. It’s a world of unparalleled choice, in our living room and on the go. But accessing and enjoying all of this media is not always easy. The amount of content keeps growing, stored in different formats and across devices. It’s difficult to remember where we’ve stored our media – and even if we do remember, often we have to take the time to move content from one device to another, especially when we share it with family and friends. We all want to access our content in a beautiful, elegant, intuitive way, at any time and on any screen.
In this edition of the Voices of KPCB podcast series, KPCB partner Randy Komisar speaks to Brook Porter, partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund, and Amol Deshpande, CEO and founder of Farmers Business Network, about innovations and advancements in agriculture. The three discuss new Ag Tech applications, approaches to big data, supply chain transparency, and other hot topics of interest to anyone looking to break into the space – or consumers who are interested in learning where their food comes from and what to expect in the future.
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I had just finished my second year on the faculty at MIT, and one of my colleagues who had joined the academy at the time had just shared the fact that he was departing for industry. Naturally, I felt a bit like quitting too – as the second year of being a professor was proving harder than the first. And boy did my friend sound happy that he was leaving behind all the institutional politics he was just being indoctrinated into. It certainly sounded enticing, and when I told my mentor, Professor Whitman Richards, that I was thinking of leaving, he said something that stuck with me for years: “If you leave, the field that you represent leaves with you.”
Our latest “Voices of KPCB” podcast features a conversation between KPCB Partner John Doerr, SVP of People Operations at Google Laszlo Bock, and CEO and Co-Founder of BetterWorks Kris Duggan. They discuss how Millennials differ from previous generations of employees, how to optimize review processes for their needs, and what all of us – even those born before 1980 – can learn from their approach to work.
Everyone in tech acknowledges that we need more women working in our startups. Studies show that organizations are stronger when they are diverse. In the four years since our firm launched the KPCB Fellows program – which identifies the best college-age talent, pairs them with one of our portfolio companies, and connects them to our network – the two of us researched and carried out several approaches to increase the number of female engineers in the program. This year, we will welcome our largest percentage of female engineering Fellows, all while holding to the highest standards of excellence.
Behind every great CEO is a great board, and I’ve noticed that startup founders tend to put off the task of building strong boards. Consider successful tech companies like Amazon and Google that built their boards early on. They’re more an exception than the rule, however; more often than not, companies find that there are few, if any, consequences until they run into trouble.
Learn to code. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software developers alone is expected to grow 22% between 2012 and 2022. And this doesn’t even include the extraordinary demand for design and product management skills that companies are searching for at career fairs and technical bootcamps.
Hear Mike and Albert Lee recount the beginnings of MyFitnessPal and their entrepreneurial journey, in conversation with John Doerr of KPCB. The two brothers bootstrapped the company to profitability over eight years before taking venture funding. MyFitnessPal has 75 million users who have collectively lost 200 million pounds. MyFitnessPal is now joining with Under Armour to create the largest digital health and fitness community in the world.
It’s a rare opportunity to work with a company like MyFitnessPal – or co-founders and missionaries like Mike and Albert Lee. This past year, VC funding for digital health startups exceeded $4 billion – nearly the amount of the previous three years combined. But even here, the devotion Mike and Al showed in helping customers eat well and exercise stands out – and it enabled them to build the world’s leading digital health and fitness app.
Several trends – the decline in the cost of data storage, the growth of the Internet of Things, and the rise of consumer-generated data – have converged to double the amount of data in the world every two years. Enterprises feel comfortable storing everything as the cost of doing so keeps falling. The Internet of Things will account for ten percent of all data by 2020 as more of our devices get connected. And the worldwide adoption of smartphones, the 10x growth in the App Store in the last five years, and the ability to produce high-quality images across devices means that it’s never been easier to store pictures, videos, music, and files. It’s an exciting time, as Big Data promises to transform how we live and work.
Randy Komisar is a venture capitalist, author, and entrepreneur. There are many people who would teach you how to calculate ROI and make a business model, skills and techniques for pitching and storytelling, and branding strategy and marketing methods. However, there is almost no one who would tell you what is a successful life. Randy Komisar shares his wisdom and philosophy with us.
At a recent KPCB event in Los Angeles, former Vice President and KPCB partner Al Gore interviewed film and television producer Brian Grazer on what it’s like to be a storyteller in the digital age. How has YouTube changed talent scouting? How does entertainment content spread across platforms? Al Gore and Brian Grazer tackle these and many more questions in a conversation about the new era of entertainment and media.
Six technologies are converging on the transportation industry, and investors have taken note. Venture investors put $5.7 billion into transportation businesses last year, more than twice the level of investment in the previous two years combined. Uber was the big winner, raising $3B. But other startups also raised significant funds, like GrabTaxi ($334 million), Lyft ($250 million), BlaBlaCar ($100 million), and INRIX ($65 million).
KPCB Design Partner John Maeda hosted a conversation on design, technology and leadership with four visionary leaders in the design industry at Ammunition’s offices in San Francisco. Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, Erin McKean, Founder of Reverb/Wordnik, Robert Brunner, Founder of Ammunition, and Margaret Stewart, Director of Product Design at Facebook, participated in “baton relay panels” in which they took turns interviewing each other on the importance of design and how they see their role as designers.
Technology is playing a critical role as an enabler of a more personalized way of doing business — one that lets consumers connect with products as their father’s father once did at the local country store. The trend underscores one of the great paradoxes of the digital age: In an increasingly automated world of interconnected everything, consumers are craving new products that they can have an emotional connection with — items that are customized to their personalities and tastes. And consumers are beginning to look beyond markets driven by mass production and low cost for everything from clothes to cars.
Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI) and Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that they will enter into a broad strategic collaboration to further advance Foundation Medicine’s market-leading position in molecular information and genomic analysis while providing Roche a unique opportunity to optimize the identification and development of novel treatment options for cancer patients.
When aspiring entrepreneurs envision their future companies, they tend to think about the products they will build. Not too much time is spent thinking about the fact that if the company grows, they will have to introduce a management layer into the organization. These changes introduce many new levels of complexity into company-building, so a recent KPCB Engineering Meetup gathered Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering at Airbnb, Jeff Huber, SVP at Google X, and Alex Roetter, VP of Engineering at Twitter, on a panel moderated by KPCB Partner Mike Abbott to share tips and tricks from those who have been through the process.
After just getting back from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, KPCB Partners Wen Hsieh and Michael Linse had some thoughts to share about their experiences. They discussed the process that Venture Capitalists go through when returning from a conference like this and trends they noticed in a variety of areas like automotive technology, wearables, and IoT. Wen even suggested that the conference should be renamed “Connected Everything Show,” emphasizing that connected devices was the theme of the year.
The resignation of Target’s CEO last May, after cyber attackers accessed the payment records of 40 million shoppers and Q4 profit declined 46 percent from the year before, was a watershed moment. Corporate officers and directors now had a concrete example of how cyber threats can hit the bottom line – and of how they will be held accountable.
Sam Lessin was Facebook’s VP of Product Management and currently writes a weekly blog for The Information. He previously founded drop.io and angel-invested in Birchbox, Makerbot, and Venmo. Sam is a founding member of the KPCB Product Council.
Shortly after I joined KPCB, I wrote a post about design in the new economy. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in the culture of Silicon Valley to experience first-hand how designers work and think in this region.
My simple conclusion: Get involved with technology early, and get close to what Silicon Valley has to offer early. If you have the chance to intern at a high-tech company in this region for a summer job, I suggest you do so because you will learn what I have learned — that the speed and scale of technology development is so fast that you’ll want to start early or you’ll miss out on a lot.
In the latest edition of the “Voices of KPCB” podcast series, KPCB partner Beth Seidenberg speaks to Jason Oberfest, Co-Founder and CEO at Mango Health, and Shanit Gupta, Senior Director of Security and Site Reliability at Practice Fusion, about digital health startups. They discuss privacy and data security, working with partners in the healthcare ecosystem, data-sharing, and other hot topics of interest to anyone looking to break into the space – or patients who would like to know how their digital health data is actually handled.
In a panel discussion at a recent KPCB event in Los Angeles, Albert Cheng, EVP and CPO of Digital Media at Disney, Neil Young, CEO and Founder at N3TWORK, and Sam Rogoway, CEO and Founder at Victorious, talk about what’s in store for the entertainment industry in the future. Will second screens disrupt traditional viewing habits? Where will funding for new content come from in the age of new media? And what is the role of virtual reality? The panel is moderated by KPCB partner Mike Abbott and concludes with an impromptu poem written and performed by KPCB partner Bing Gordon.
At a recent KPCB event in Los Angeles, former Vice President and KPCB partner Al Gore interviewed film and television producer Brian Grazer on what it’s like to be a storyteller in the digital age. How has YouTube changed talent scouting? How does entertainment content spread across platforms? Al and Brian tackle these and many more questions in a conversation bookended by impromptu poems written and performed by KPCB partner Bing Gordon.
In the latest edition of the Voices of KPCB podcast series, KPCB partner Ted Schlein speaks to Adam Ghetti, founder, chairman, and CTO of Ionic Security, about the growing cybersecurity threat. How scared should we really be? Is the threat volume growing – or just the damage attacks can do? How serious was the recent JP Morgan breach? And which challenges lie ahead as we enter the era of the Internet of Things?
Big data keeps getting bigger. Last year, VC firms invested $3.6 billion – 75 percent of what they invested in the previous five years combined. The pace has continued this year, with several firms announcing new funding rounds in the tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars.