Sexism in Silicon Valley

As a woman venture capitalist since 1999, I initially read “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women” in Newsweek with great interest, and then with increasing sadness. The scenarios depicted in the Newsweek story were disturbing but frankly, they remained somewhat abstract for me until I taught my class at Stanford's G...

MileIQ: Going the extra mile to save you money

It may sound unbelievable, but for the growing population of 1099 contractors and self-directed workers who qualify for mileage based tax reimbursements, every mile driven for business purposes is worth $0.56, and every trip is worth about $8. That may not seem like a lot, but it turns out that mileage reimbursements accoun...

The Reinvention Of The Ad-Tech Sector

There are major changes afoot in advertising technology at the moment, but not everyone has realized how transformational these changes are. Indeed, analysts have talked about four types of business models in the ad-tech ecosystem, but have not discussed the underlying innovation that is driving the more leveraged of these ...



Mastering Education

Education is a top priority in this country. Teachers and administrators are desperate to improve students’ learning in an efficient way, and are looking to technology to help them. So far, the approach to deploying devices and educational software in our schools has been haphazard and inconsistent, challenging entreprene...

Docker: The Next Chapter

What a ride. In 18 months, Docker has become the center of a whole new wave in application development; Docker containers have become the de facto building block for the next generation of distributed applications. Then last month, at VMworld, the company announced a groundbreaking partnership between the leader in virtuali...

Empowering: Workpop Connects Job Seekers and Employers

In every company we meet there is a shred of brilliance. Without fail, entrepreneurs who make it as far as our office have hit upon some unique insight, built a compelling product and found customers, investors and employees who believe in them. However, as we well know, not every startup is successful. Timing is a tremendo...

ZIRX: Making Parking Uber-Good

Anyone who has tried to find parking in downtown SF knows what a pain it can be.  Traffic in the Financial District and SOMA is enough to give even the most patient driver a headache, and since street parking is essentially nonexistent during the day, many drivers have no choice but to fight traffic until they find a comme...

Portfolio Day – Sales and Marketing Edition

As early stage investors, there are two key areas where we try and help our companies. The first is determining the right go-to-market strategy. The second is aligning sales and marketing such that the combination of a great product and killer marketing results in greatness. The task of picking the right set of technolo...