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Founder and CEO?

Founder & CEO?

The nature of entrepreneurship has changed over the past few decades. It used to be that founders saw a market opportunity and were driven solely to solve the problem. Fairchild Semiconductor is probably the seminal founding story. The founding team was passionate about two new technologies, silicon and planar processes. Their insight and execution fundamentally…

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Championing Entrepreneurs with $525 Million in Two New Funds

Championing Entrepreneurs with $525 Million in Two New Funds

Since our founding in 1969, Mayfield has championed hundreds of entrepreneurs, from an idea to an impactful company. During our 46-year history, we have invested in more than 520 companies, resulting in 114 IPOs and more than 160 mergers or acquisitions. See our notable investments for additional details. Today we have raised $525 million across two…

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Navin Chaddha Shares Learnings from Serial Entrepreneurs Jake/Brighter & Manish/Poshmark

On Big Ideas, Serial Entrepreneurs & Marathons

Today, Jake Winebaum, founder & CEO of Brighter, a Saas-enabled dental marketplace, announced a $21 million financing round.  This follows last week’s news of a $25 million financing round announced by Manish Chandra of Poshmark, a mobile fashion marketplace. The ability of these two companies to raise healthy amounts of capital and attract best-in-class investors…

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The Talent Economy Tejas Maniar

The Talent Economy

“By 2013 more than half of the top 50 companies were talent-based, including three of the four biggest: Apple, Microsoft, and Google.  (The other was ExxonMobil.)  Only 10 owed their position on the list to the ownership of resources.  Over the past 50 years the U.S. economy has shifted decisively from financing the exploitation of…

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The Rewarding Journey of Championing a Serial Entrepreneur

The Rewarding Journey of Championing a Serial Entrepreneur

Rehan Jalil is a serial entrepreneur whom I first met in 2007. At that time, he had an innovative idea to build a wireless equipment company with product excellence and a capital-efficient model.  Our partnership lasted for 2.5 years, during which Wichorus pioneered the new category of smart wireless 4G infrastructure, impressed customers & partners…

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Robin Vasan The Lens Of Time InfluxData

The Lens of Time

As an industrial engineering student at Stanford in the 80s (they didn’t yet have an undergraduate Comp Sci degree!), we were taught about time and motion studies and the pioneering work of Frederick Taylor. In order to assess and improve industrial efficiency it was critical to capture detailed time-based measurements. For my final project, I wrote a…

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The Attention Economy and the War Over Measurement

The Attention Economy and the War Over Measurement

Content that gets delivered digitally should be measured digitally. This sounds obvious, but it’s not that easy: Ad blockers, infinite scroll design and auto-load/auto-play videos all make it harder than ever to determine what has actually been viewed and what has successfully captured the consumer’s attention. We’re in a new era of content, with an…

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The Final Frontier: Democratizing Access to Stocks

The Final Frontier: Democratizing Access to Stocks

Software and the Internet have transformed and democratized many industries over the last two decades, but the financial services industry remains in the dark ages. The Great Recession was just a reminder that despite the “brilliance” of the global financial complex, most people suffer from a lack of access, transparency and independence when it comes…

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