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.
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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.
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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.