Hoopla Brings Home the Gold

With the Sochi Olympics in full swing, it’s a good time to talk about performance. We all know that competitive performance is just as important in business as in sports. The sports industry is driven by products and tools that drive motivation and actions – Just Do It! But if you look at the world of business SaaS appl...

A Pivot that Worked: The Docker Story

For the vast majority of startups, the path to success is not a linear one.  Nearly all founders face that moment where their company’s continued existence comes into question.  I joined my first startup, Wily Technology, in 1999 right around that moment.  Lew Cirne (also the founder of New Relic) hired me to help b...

The VP of Operations: The New Rising Star of Silicon Valley

Historically the toughest executive jobs to fill at technology startups have been the VP of Engineering and the VP of Product.  However, in the consumer ecommerce sector, a new leadership role has emerged as perhaps the biggest bottleneck to success:  the VP of Operations.  Daily I meet with early stage entrepreneurs at ...

Team, Vision and Culture: Picking a Winner in an Emerging Space

From time to time, Trinity partners host the management team of one of our portfolio companies to an appreciation dinner. It’s our way of honoring their hard work, and gives us a chance to recognize and connect with the extended team that is driving their success. Recently it was my pleasure to invite Brett Wilson, CEO of...

Karan Mehandru’s SaaS Predictions for 2014!

When Neils Bohr said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” he succinctly captured the many challenges of venture capital. Venture Capital is about people, about company building, about trust and support, about ups and downs, but at its very core, venture capital is a predictions business, especia...

“The Best Breakup Ever”

I recently learnt that an entrepreneur I had turned down wrote an email to one of his existing investors describing our parting of way as “the best breakup ever”.  Frankly, I was already having angst about my decision to not invest in this company, so this entrepreneur’s generosity in characterizing our "break up" on...

In Service of Innovation

When I was doing my MBA at Stanford, evaluating possible next steps, I sat down with a partner at a well-known VC and told him I wanted to help startups. Before graduate school I had spent three years with an automotive startup in San Diego and although we had raised a tremendous amount of money and had a brilliant engine...

Why We Invested in Jama Software

There are some trends that are emerging in the enterprise and are being universally accepted across technology verticals.  Software is becoming more important than ever, the product is the new sales tool and ease of use is at the core of SaaS. At Trinity, we believe in those emerging trends, and we followed that logical pa...


Finding Signal in the Noise

There is a lot of noise being made in Silicon Valley today.  The dawn of the mobile era has ushered in a technological renaissance, in which machines held in the palms of our hands are reinventing every aspect of the way we live.  Recent high-profile IPOs from companies like Facebook and LinkedIn and billion dollar exits ...