MongoDB IPO and New York Tech

I spent much of yesterday morning at the NASDAQ for the IPO of our portfolio company MongoDB (now trading as MDB). This is a big milestone for technology companies in New York. We have had New York IPOs before, including Etsy in our portfolio, but MongoDB is the first core technology (as opposed to applied technology) company that’s based in New York city to reach this milestone. As someone who came to New York in 1999 at the height of the dotcom bubble, when it first felt like the city could be a force in tech, and then lived through the tech winter that followed in the early 2000s this moment feels particularly sweet.

Why does this matter? Because it is one more step along the way of demonstrating that geography is no longer destiny. You do not have to move to San Francisco / Silicon Valley to start Continue reading "MongoDB IPO and New York Tech"

A running list of every company backed by the $93B SoftBank Vision Fund

 When SoftBank announced the first close of its $93 billion Vision Fund back in May it was hard to understand how the company would even manage to deploy so much capital in an already saturated ecosystem. Two months have passed and we’re starting to get a taste of the strategy of the fund — bet big and bet often and you just might be able to influence who wins and loses in the… Read More