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.
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.
Why Can't Tech Save Politics?
Why Can't Tech Save Politics?
The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Design
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Under Armour Acquires Endomondo And MyFitnessPal To Establish The World's Largest Digital Health And Fitness Community
Under Armour Acquires Endomondo ...
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.
Qumulo Raises $40M in Funding Round Led By Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Qumulo Raises $40M in Funding Ro...
RedBrick Health Earns NCQA Certification for Health Appraisal and Self-Management Tools
RedBrick Health Earns NCQA Certi...
Kleiner Perkins Leads $30 Million Investment in Tradesy, a Clothing Resale Site
Kleiner Perkins Leads $30 Millio...
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.