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Founder Real Talk Episode #19 With Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora

In Founder Real Talk episode #19, I host Tim Westergren, the founder and one-time CEO of Pandora, the pioneer in streaming music. Having known Tim since the early days of Pandora (2005 era!) and having been lucky enough to investRead More…

2018 – Top 10 Books

For the past several Decembers, I’ve been sharing a list of my favorite books from the year. If you’re interested in my favorites from prior years, check out 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. I read very little fiction. I loveRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #18 With Elad Gil on High Growth Scaling

In episode #18 of Founder Real Talk, I discuss a variety of topics regarding scaling in high growth settings with Elad Gil. We dig into several of the themes Elad explores in his seminal book on the topic, “High GrowthRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #17 With Will Gaybrick, CFO of Stripe

In episode #17 of Founder Real Talk, I discuss the magic of Stripe with Will Gaybrick, its longtime CFO. We cover topics such as how Stripe has maintained focus on and continued to serve its developer user base, how theRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #16 With Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder & CEO of Lively

In episode #16 of Founder Real Talk, my GGV colleague Robin Li and I interview Michelle Cordeiro Grant, the founder and CEO of Lively.  Lively has grown from a woman’s brand of bras and underwear, to include a broader arrayRead More…

Top Five Insights from Building a Global Company Panel with Slack, Lime, GGV & UpWest Labs

Last night, my colleague Oren Yunger and I moderated a panel at GGV’s SF office on the topic of “Going Global.”  Our panelists included Neil Shah of Slack, Andrew Savage of Lime, my fellow GGV Capital Managing Partner Hans Tung,Read More…

Congratulations HashiCorp on $100M Series D Funding

An earlier picture of Mitchell and Armon with me at our Menlo Park office Today HashiCorp announced a $100M Series D financing at a $1.9B valuation, led by IVP, with participation from all inside investors including GGV, Mayfield, Redpoint andRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #15 With Mitchell Hashimoto, co-founder & co-CTO of Hashicorp

In episode #15 of Founder Real Talk, I host Mitchell Hashimoto, the co-founder & co-CTO of fast-growing Hashicorp.  I’ve had the good fortune to have invested on behalf of GGV in every round since the Series A and have beenRead More…

When Blue and Red Mix: Making Sense of IBM’s $34B Acquisition of Red Hat

News of IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat for $34B ($190/share) hit the wires today.  At $34B, its the largest software acquisition in history and represented hefty multiples of 9.2x NTM revenue and 33x NTM free cash flow.  Why did IBMRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #14 with Jen Holmstrom, GGV’s Head of Talent

In episode #14 of the Founder Real Talk podcast, I host GGV’s incomparable Head of Talent, Jen Holmstrom, for a fact-filled conversation on attracting, retaining and getting the most out of your people.  We dig into issues such as tacticsRead More…