Vested in the Success of Others

Small businesses, those sole- or family-owned enterprises that make up nearly half of our economy, are the lifeblood of this country and a key ingredient to the American Dream. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley I always get upset when I see institutions spring up which create barriers to entrepreneurship. The Dodd-Frank...

Things That Were Impossible: On Our Investment in ProtectWise

Security is a nasty business. Brilliant security researchers have told me, with a straight face, that the asymmetric nature of cybersecurity makes it an unsolvable problem. There will always be more attackers than defenders; attackers are hidden while their targets are highly public; threats can evolve incredibly qu...

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...