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Congratulations VDOO on Raising a $32M Series B Funding Led by GGV Capital and WRVI Capital

At GGV, we’re delighted to announce today that we’ve formally partnered with VDOO, the leading IoT device security company, leading the company’s $32M Series B financing along with WRVI Capital.  The company’s existing investors including 83North and Dell Capital, alongRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #22 With Kevin Hartz, Co-founder, Chairman & former CEO, Eventbrite

On Founder Real Talk episode #22, I have the good fortune of chatting with Kevin Hartz, the co-founder, Chairman and former CEO of Eventbrite. Kevin has been a serial founder (he also founded and took public a second company, Xoom,Read More…

Congratulations Kong on Raising $43M Series C Funding

I’m delighted to announce that Kong, the world’s most popular open source API gateway — and API and service lifecycle management platform — has raised $43 million in a Series C financing with participation from GGV and existing investors including Index, Andreessen Horowitz, CRVRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #21 With Tom Turner, CEO of BitSight

On Founder Real Talk Episode #21 I have the good pleasure of talking to Tom Turner, the CEO of BitSight. We cover a broad range of topics including what its like to become CEO of a company with strong andRead More…

Founder Real Talk Episode #20 With Caryn Marooney, Former VP Global Communications at Facebook

On Founder Real Talk episode #20 with the incomparable Caryn Marooney, we tap into Caryn’s experience and wisdom to explore issues around marketing, brand and communications. Want to know what to focus on when it comes to a startup brand?Read More…

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…