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Tony Fadell Speaks Out About Innovation, Revolution, Nest, Steve Jobs and Entrepreneurship

This week on the Ventured podcast, Randy Komisar sat down with Tony Fadell, father of the iPod and co-founder of Nest. Tony recently announced he was leaving Nest and Alphabet to pursue other opportunities. Before letting Tony off the hook to focus on the future, Randy wanted him to sit down and share the insights he gained from his work at General Magic, Apple, Nest, and Alphabet. He didn’t disappoint.

Duration: 00:40:00

All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising: Asked And Answered

Start-up fundraising is hard, unpredictable, and often very difficult to navigate. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, Aviv Gilboa sat down with his partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs have about fundraising today.

Duration: 00:42:24

Are We Experiencing Transportation’s Instagram Moment?

Three powerful trends – electrification, sharing and autonomous drive – are reshaping the future of transportation, with huge implications for the ecosystem. In just the past few weeks, there have been significant developments on all three fronts: the success of Tesla’s Model 3 pre-sales, GM’s $500M investment in Lyft, and more recently, GM’s acquisition of Cruise, a billion dollar exit that could be transportation’s Instagram moment.

Duration: 00:28:02

Taking The “Dysfunction” Out Of Cross-Functional Teams

As part of our Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) engineering meet-up series, Eric Feng had the opportunity to host a panel of leaders of various functions at top tech companies to discuss best practices in cross group teamwork and collaboration -- Jessica Verrili, director of corporate development at Twitter; Eugene Wei, head of video at Oculus and previously head of product at Flipboard and Hulu; and Wendy Owen, product design lead for the Facebook ads platform.

Duration: 00:32:05

Is Business School the New Design School?

The 2016 Design In Tech Report revealed that all of the top ten U.S. business schools have design clubs led by students. The trend was remarkable, so we set out to interview student leaders at three business school clubs: Yale School of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Respectively, those schools are represented by Wilma Lam, Anita Wu, and Jeremy Fish in this episode of Ventured.

Duration: 00:31:42

The User Guide to Early Stage Fundraising

Over the last decade, the early-stage funding environment has dramatically changed. There are now myriad financing options that founders can consider as they look to build their companies. Nearly 70,000 companies received funding through angel networks and 3,000 through venture capital firms annually, according to CB Insights. On the most recent episode of Ventured, we spoke with Qasar Younis, Chief Operating Officer of Y Combinator (YC), about the early-stage funding landscape and how...

Duration: 00:33:25

What Silicon Valley Can Do About Cyber Threats

As part of our Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Leadership Salon series, we hosted a panel of cybersecurity entrepreneurs who have spent years working for the government before starting their own companies. They all have a perspective on these trends affecting both the private sector and the public sector. The panelists included Oren Falkowitz, CEO and founder of Area 1 Security; Nathaniel Fick, CEO and founder of Endgame; Jay Kaplan, CEO and founder of Synack. They offered their...

Duration: 00:32:16

Building the Foundation for Company Growth: Why Boards Matter

When people think about company building, they often think about high-performing management teams and hard-charging founder-CEOs who are assembling the business brick by brick. But when disaster hits or scandal strikes and organizational challenges come to light, it’s the board of directors which ultimately come under fire. In the world of venture capital, there is nothing more fundamentally important for an entrepreneur than building a strong board of directors.

Duration: 00:37:24

How Kleiner Perkins Thinks About Investing In The Future Of Wearable Tech

For years now, wearable devices have promised to help us lead healthier lives, experience life in new ways, and become less dependent on our smartphones. 2015 was a very important year for wearables as the market took several important steps towards delivering on these promises. This podcast conversation covers the challenges and opportunities facing the future of wearable technology.

Duration: 00:32:24

The Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley

In this episode of ventured, KPCB partners Swati Mylavarapu and Mike Abbott had a discussion with KPCB Entrepreneur in Residence Ryan Panchadsaram about the intersection of government and technology. They discuss how was fixed, how to uncover opportunities for startups to work with government, and how government can adopt the latest technological advances.

Duration: 00:29:25

The Roadmap for Pitching a Venture Capital Firm

In this episode of Ventured, Aviv Gilboa deconstructs venture capital for entrepreneurs raising a round of financing. Aviv spoke with KPCB partners Randy Komisar and Eric Feng about how they evaluate startup pitches and entrepreneurs who walk through the door. Throughout the discussion, they discussed the number of factors, both quantitative and qualitative, that go into each funding decision such as: what to include in the slide deck, why business models might not matter, and how venture...

Duration: 00:31:51

The Secret Force Behind Nest: Good Leadership and Product Design

KPCB partner Swati Mylavarapu spoke to Matt Rogers, founder and VP of Engineering at Nest Labs, about how he helped scale the company from a garage startup to a significantly larger organization today. Reflecting back on the founding story of Nest, Matt shares some lessons about leadership and how early product decisions shaped the company’s long-term success.

Duration: 00:30:11

Paving the Way for Women in Science and Tech

In this episode of Ventured, KPCB partner Beth Seidenberg, MD speaks to Eileen Pollack, author of The Only Woman in the Room, and Angie Chang, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Hackbright Academy and co-founder of Women 2.0. By discussing the challenges facing women in STEM (and revealing their own personal experience), they highlight the practical ways to make education and the workforce more inclusive for women. Tactics such as changing course names can attract more women to study...

Duration: 00:33:34

The Inside Story of How Uber Built a Global Business

Kleiner Perkins partner Mood Rowghani interviewed Emil Michael, SVP of Business at Uber at a recent Kleiner Perkins CEO Summit. Throughout the discussion, Michael reveals how Uber started as an underdog and emerged as the market leader. A mix between a technology business and a business that moves people to physical places, partnerships are especially important when it comes down to making a deal. In the conversation, Michael talks about how finding product market is important, how Uber...

Duration: 00:19:35

How Google Reinvented the Workplace

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.

Duration: 00:28:28

How Cyber Hacking is the New Global Battlefield

Kevin Mandia and his security company, Mandiant, are probably most well known for their 2013 report exposing APT-1, one of China’s espionage units. Previously, there had only been rumors about the matter; Mandiant technology provided the proof. Later that year, the company was acquired for more than $1 billion by FireEye Inc., a purchase that validated KPCB's earlier investment in Mandiant. At KPCB’s recent CEO Workshop, Kevin talked about the current security outlook and a bit about...

Duration: 00:27:35

Welcoming a New General Partner to Kleiner Perkins: Eric Feng

Today we have a special edition episode of Ventured, where Randy Komisar interviews and welcomes a new general partner to Kleiner Perkins, Eric Feng, to discuss his decision to transition from an engineer and entrepreneur to Venture Capitalist. Eric has a long standing relationship with our firm and we’re excited to have him as a part of our team.

Duration: 00:26:49

How Google Thinks About Hiring, Management, and Culture

During Laszlo Bock's nine years as Google’s SVP of People Operations, the company has won more than 100 awards for its employment practices. Bock, who came to Google after stints at McKinsey and GE, recently collected his thoughts about management and culture into "Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead," a New York Times best-seller. He expounded on some of his HR-related ideas in a conversation with Beth Seidenberg at KPCB’s recent CEO Workshop.

Duration: 00:24:35

How Netflix is Trying to End Boredom and Loneliness

Most start-ups would be happy if they were responsible for one major industry disruption. But Netflix, under the leadership of Reed Hastings, can count already two to its name — how we watch movies and TV shows and how content is produced — and it’s not done yet. In a conversation with John Doerr at our recent CEO Workshop, Hastings discussed some of the things that make for great companies — and great leaders.

Duration: 00:27:57

Behind the Blockchain: How Decentralized Identity Aims to Level the Financial Playing Field

KPCB General Partner Randy Komisar interviews Marwan Forzley, CEO of Align Commerce, and Anjney Midha, founding partner of KPCB Edge, about how the blockchain enables greater speed, transparency and lower costs in today’s financial transactions. They discuss how this technology provides the underlying infrastructure to level the playing field for small businesses by opening up markets so payments can be made worldwide, not just in local regions.

Duration: 00:25:34

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