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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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


An Interview with General Keith Alexander on Cybersecurity, Snowden, and IronNet

KPCB partner Brook Byers interviews General Keith Alexander about cybersecurity, terrorism, and corporate security. In the discussion, we learn that Alexander founded IronNet to fight cyber threats through technology as well as hear stories about his time during the Edward Snowden and 9/11 eras.


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...


Redefining the Hustle: From Prison to Entrepreneurship

More than 100 million Americans have a criminal history, according to a Department of Justice survey. In this episode of Ventured, Randy Komisar interviewed Catherine Hoke about how former inmates turn their experience running illegitimate business operations into the startup American dream. They deviate from the traditional view of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur by shining a light on the efforts of these former inmates.


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.


Lessons from Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley’s Secret Executive Coach

In this episode of Ventured, KPCB partner Randy Komisar talks to his longtime friend and colleague Bill Campbell about coaching tech CEOs in Silicon Valley. Having been a mentor to Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, Campbell draws on decades of experience and openly shares his (usually behind closed doors) coaching methodology with Komisar. Campbell describes his personal journey from football coach to tech executive to coach to CEOs. In hearing the details of his...


Better Health Through Design – More Usable, Understandable, and Profitable

In this episode of ventured, KPCB design partner John Maeda and partner Lynne Chou discuss with designers and healthcare entrepreneurs the product decisions that led to the rise acquisition of Misfit, how designing good constraints can improve design decisions in fitness products, and how consumer healthcare apps are "ethically" gamified to make chronic illnesses more manageable.


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...


The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Surviving A Tech Bubble

KPCB general partners Randy Komisar and Ted Schlein discuss their views on unicorns and whether they think there is a tech bubble about to pop. Komisar and Schlein provide advice for entrepreneurs on how to save enough money for runway to build a sustainable business and how to use goals to guide the next round of fundraising and growth within the company. While boasting about having a $1 billion company is alluring, entrepreneurs should be focused on building sustainable businesses with...


Preparing for the Technology Revolution Created by Artificial Intelligence

In this episode of Ventured, KPCB partner Randy Komisar speaks with Jerry Kaplan, author of Humans Need Not Apply, and John Markoff, author of Machines of Loving Grace. They discussed the impact of artificial intelligence and its effect on society, job security, and the future of the human race. How do we welcome the growing field of artificial intelligence as it makes its way into our lives through advancements in self-driving cars, companions to the elderly, automated machines used to...


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...


Pinterest and the Process of Designing a Multi-Billion Dollar Startup

This episode of ventured features a conversation between KPCB partner John Maeda and Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann. At KPCB’s recent CEO Workshop, Maeda talked to Silbermann about design principles and what it means to scale a multi-billion dollar company that is focused on design. Throughout the conversation, Silbermann goes into some of the challenges he’s encountered getting designers to work with engineers, how he stays up-to-date on the latest consumer apps, as well as...


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...


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.


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