ubiquity6 and returning to angel investing


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i launched Ascolta Ventures, prior to KP,  to invest in various *very* early stage companies (people) that i had been involved with in some capacity. From Cloudera to Hearsay Labs, each investment was driven by having deep conviction in the founder – and often independent of their vision/product. i had faith in the grit of the individual to deal with challenges of being a founder – and as an investor/advisor I wanted to be available to listen.  the Italian word ‘ascolta’ translates to ‘listen’ and I am assembling a set of advisors that founders can leverage to listen and provide counsel as various inflection points are reached. as i return to working directly on technology/ products, i am excited to again be doing angel investing on the side to support the courageous folks starting companies. and as first investment in a number of years, i am thrilled to announce

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ubiquity6 and returning to angel investing


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i launched Ascolta Ventures, prior to KP,  to invest in various *very* early stage companies (people) that i had been involved with in some capacity. From Cloudera to Hearsay Labs, each investment was driven by having deep conviction in the founder – and often independent of their vision/product. i had faith in the grit of the individual to deal with challenges of being a founder – and as an investor/advisor I wanted to be available to listen.  the Italian word ‘ascolta’ translates to ‘listen’ and I am assembling a set of advisors that founders can leverage to listen and provide counsel as various inflection points are reached. as i return to working directly on technology/ products, i am excited to again be doing angel investing on the side to support the courageous folks starting companies. and as first investment in a number of years, i am thrilled to announce

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ubiquity6 and returning to angel investing


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i launched Ascolta Ventures, prior to KP,  to invest in various *very* early stage companies (people) that i had been involved with in some capacity. From Cloudera to Hearsay Labs, each investment was driven by having deep conviction in the founder – and often independent of their vision/product. i had faith in the grit of the individual to deal with challenges of being a founder – and as an investor/advisor I wanted to be available to listen.  the Italian word ‘ascolta’ translates to ‘listen’ and I am assembling a set of advisors that founders can leverage to listen and provide counsel as various inflection points are reached. as i return to working directly on technology/ products, i am excited to again be doing angel investing on the side to support the courageous folks starting companies. and as first investment in a number of years, i am thrilled to announce

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ubiquity6 and returning to angel investing


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i launched Ascolta Ventures, prior to KP,  to invest in various *very* early stage companies (people) that i had been involved with in some capacity. From Cloudera to Hearsay Labs, each investment was driven by having deep conviction in the founder – and often independent of their vision/product. i had faith in the grit of the individual to deal with challenges of being a founder – and as an investor/advisor I wanted to be available to listen.  the Italian word ‘ascolta’ translates to ‘listen’ and I am assembling a set of advisors that founders can leverage to listen and provide counsel as various inflection points are reached. as i return to working directly on technology/ products, i am excited to again be doing angel investing on the side to support the courageous folks starting companies. and as first investment in a number of years, i am thrilled to announce

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Personal Update


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Some news to share…

Over the next couple of months, I will be stepping away from VC investing and from the daily work with friends, colleagues, founders, and executives who make up Kleiner Perkins.  I am grateful for the opportunities, the friendships, and the journey to help the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Why leave one of the greatest jobs on earth?

Ultimately, my desire to discover and invest in the next new thing became eclipsed by my desire to get my hands dirty again and build the next new thing. I have to come understand that my real passion lies in the grappling to understand, develop and build new technologies. Like you, perhaps, I am captivated by what AR could enable, and fascinated by ‘real’ applications of AI/ML, or how security techniques from the world of geopolitics are influencing enterprise technologies.

I was born and raised here in Silicon

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Personal Update


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Some news to share…

Over the next couple of months, I will be stepping away from VC investing and from the daily work with friends, colleagues, founders, and executives who make up Kleiner Perkins.  I am grateful for the opportunities, the friendships, and the journey to help the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Why leave one of the greatest jobs on earth?

Ultimately, my desire to discover and invest in the next new thing became eclipsed by my desire to get my hands dirty again and build the next new thing. I have come to understand that my real passion lies in the grappling to understand, develop and build new technologies. Like you, perhaps, I am captivated by what AR could enable, and fascinated by ‘real’ applications of AI/ML, or how security techniques from the world of geopolitics are influencing enterprise technologies.

I was born and raised here in Silicon

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Personal Update


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Some news to share…

Over the next couple of months, I will be stepping away from VC investing and from the daily work with friends, colleagues, founders, and executives who make up Kleiner Perkins.  I am grateful for the opportunities, the friendships, and the journey to help the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Why leave one of the greatest jobs on earth?

Ultimately, my desire to discover and invest in the next new thing became eclipsed by my desire to get my hands dirty again and build the next new thing. I have come to understand that my real passion lies in the grappling to understand, develop and build new technologies. Like you, perhaps, I am captivated by what AR could enable, and fascinated by ‘real’ applications of AI/ML, or how security techniques from the world of geopolitics are influencing enterprise technologies.

I was born and raised here in Silicon Continue reading “Personal Update”

the next generation of enterprise applications will look very different than today


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for years, we’ve heard CIOs grouse about the fact that at least 80% of their IT budgets are locked up just “keeping the lights on.” this means that money dedicated to delivering real business innovation is limited to somewhere between 5% and 20% of their resources – simply not enough to compete in hyperactive competitive markets.
and what does “keeping the lights on” really mean, anyway? companies have spent years investing in enterprise applications like Oracle, Siebel, and Peoplesoft that yes, really do run the business. the problem is that these applications were designed and built long before clouds, containers and the concept of microservices were available. these applications were built in monolithic blocks that are nearly impossible to move to new infrastructure or storage options without lots of time and effort. and the applications are hard to upgrade since updating even one small portion means rebuilding and

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the next generation of enterprise applications will look very different than today


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for years, we’ve heard CIOs grouse about the fact that at least 80% of their IT budgets are locked up just “keeping the lights on.” this means that money dedicated to delivering real business innovation is limited to somewhere between 5% and 20% of their resources – simply not enough to compete in hyperactive competitive markets.
and what does “keeping the lights on” really mean, anyway? companies have spent years investing in enterprise applications like Oracle, Siebel, and Peoplesoft that yes, really do run the business. the problem is that these applications were designed and built long before clouds, containers and the concept of microservices were available. these applications were built in monolithic blocks that are nearly impossible to move to new infrastructure or storage options without lots of time and effort. and the applications are hard to upgrade since updating even one small portion means rebuilding and

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the next generation of enterprise applications will look very different than today


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for years, we’ve heard CIOs grouse about the fact that at least 80% of their IT budgets are locked up just “keeping the lights on.” this means that money dedicated to delivering real business innovation is limited to somewhere between 5% and 20% of their resources – simply not enough to compete in hyperactive competitive markets.
and what does “keeping the lights on” really mean, anyway? companies have spent years investing in enterprise applications like Oracle, Siebel, and Peoplesoft that yes, really do run the business. the problem is that these applications were designed and built long before clouds, containers and the concept of microservices were available. these applications were built in monolithic blocks that are nearly impossible to move to new infrastructure or storage options without lots of time and effort. and the applications are hard to upgrade since updating even one small portion means rebuilding and Continue reading “the next generation of enterprise applications will look very different than today”

document storage – welcome to the 21st century


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what’s your best estimate of how much space it takes to store paper records and documents in the US today?

  • 5 acres
  • 20 acres
  • 100 acres

while all of these options represent a lot of real estate, in fact the storage of paper records utilizes 8000 acres of land — the equivalent of 6000 football fields, #small cities or the state of Delaware. now that’s a massive amount of space that could be more productively used than for storing paper. not to mention that warehousing records this way is very expensive, makes them difficult to retrieve and search, and poses a security risk.

yet the scale of the problem also reveals the need. every year, U.S. companies have to archive millions of records for up to 7-15 years to meet legal, compliance, tax and other business requirements. extrapolate demand for document storage over the next decade and you can see that

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buddying up to another series a


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for the past year, many of the smartest investors and pundits i follow have claimed some variant of the following: the mobile market for apps is maturing. they’re probably mostly right, as it’s hard to drive distribution on either platform (for different reasons), the venture appetite to take on such risk has been satiated,  so much of the echo chamber has moved on to new exciting platforms like virtual reality, automobiles, space, and beyond.

 

don’t get me wrong, vr, cars, and space are all fascinating areas — but, as a long-time software engineer dating back to palm all the way to twitter, to me mobile hasn’t yet matured. it may never mature, what with billions of people worldwide who will come online over the next decade, new features (as recent as google instant apps), and interesting overseas forks of android, especially in asia. put another way, one investor’s maturing market

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buddying up to another series a


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for the past year, many of the smartest investors and pundits i follow have claimed some variant of the following: the mobile market for apps is maturing. they’re probably mostly right, as it’s hard to drive distribution on either platform (for different reasons), the venture appetite to take on such risk has been satiated,  so much of the echo chamber has moved on to new exciting platforms like virtual reality, automobiles, space, and beyond.

 

don’t get me wrong, vr, cars, and space are all fascinating areas — but, as a long-time software engineer dating back to palm all the way to twitter, to me mobile hasn’t yet matured. it may never mature, what with billions of people worldwide who will come online over the next decade, new features (as recent as google instant apps), and interesting overseas forks of android, especially in asia. put another way, one investor’s maturing market

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let connect the world’s billion+ mobile gamers!


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video games have always captured the minds and imaginations of multiple generations. i remember my first time playing (then cracking) castle wolfenstein, alpine encounter and aztec – all a huge step up from the original game i played – oregon trail! these days I’ll find myself playing minecraft pocket edition with my daughter and xbox one games which are amazing. what has been so intriguing about all of this is the way in which we learn and improve our game play is no different than it was years ago – we learn by watching others in the community. (then side-by-side but now online!)

the mobile game sector has been growing globally at a fast clip. various industry reports cite more than one billion mobile gamers worldwide. and this year alone more than half the us population is expected to join the fold. if that were not enough, these numbers

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reimagining marketing in a mobile world


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mobile devices have eclipsed desktops, laptops and other devices, becoming our primary method for engaging with the digital world. for the first time, smartphones in 2015 accounted for over half of all hours US adults spent viewing digital media. not only have smartphones become central to our daily lives, they are our most intimate devices. recent surveys show that for the vast majority of millennials their smartphone never leaves their side, day or night; and it’s the first thing they reach for in the morning (87% and 80% respectively). it’s no surprise then that businesses need to reach their customers on mobile, where they’re spending most of their time. and with smartphone users spending 4-8x more time in mobile apps than mobile web, their preference for apps is clear.

 
while being at the center of our digital lives presents unmatched opportunities for businesses – and the customers that patronize

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reimagining marketing in a mobile world


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lean

mobile devices have eclipsed desktops, laptops and other devices, becoming our primary method for engaging with the digital world. for the first time, smartphones in 2015 accounted for over half of all hours US adults spent viewing digital media. not only have smartphones become central to our daily lives, they are our most intimate devices. recent surveys show that for the vast majority of millennials their smartphone never leaves their side, day or night; and it’s the first thing they reach for in the morning (87% and 80% respectively). it’s no surprise then that businesses need to reach their customers on mobile, where they’re spending most of their time. and with smartphone users spending 4-8x more time in mobile apps than mobile web, their preference for apps is clear.

 
while being at the center of our digital lives presents unmatched opportunities for businesses – and the customers that patronize

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meet KPCB Edge – seed VC for builders, by builders


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i’m excited to announce Edge, a new seed stage initiative backed by KPCB that is launching today. at its core, Edge is attempting to redefine seed investing through software, where product, engineering and design have the same status as investing.  it’s the way i wish my early investors had approached venture capital when I founded Composite and Passenger, and i can’t think of a team better suited to tackling this problem.

each of them has built, backed or managed products used by thousands of people, while remaining grounded to the core mission of helping founders working on the earliest stages of company building.

Anjney, who is leading Edge, joined kpcb as our youngest partner in late 2013, working closely on our investments in RelateIQ, Ayasdi, Magic Leap, Enjoy and TrueCaller, where he’s a board observer. before that, he led the Dorm Room Fund at stanford, backing seed stage founders in the bay area,

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2015 commencement speech @USCViterbi – USC engineering


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recently i had the honor of delivering the commencement speech to the students graduating from the usc viterbi school of engineering in 2015. this was a momentous day for the students – and the fact that it rained in southern california during their comments only made it that much more novel 🙂

tl;dr

  • complacency is the enemy of achievement – so get comfortable being uncomfortable
  • seek mentors to help you navigate through uncomfortable situations
  • spend time with and talk with non-engineers. build understanding and empathy of others that are not like you
  • seek diverse perspectives – unlearn what you have learned
  • keep building regardless of your age or experience – once a builder – always a builder
  • your biggest risk is pursuing a journey whereby you are too comfortable

and if you want the talk in full text – shoot me a note

also, very awesome and proud that USC’s undergraduate engineering graduating class is 30% women!

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kpcb fellows 2015 – learn by doing


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i loved my time in school but it wasn’t until i left graduate school at the university of washington that my real education began (beyond having learned how to learn). looking back at it, i’ve had a great career founding and then selling my own company, working on microsoft’s early cloud-computing efforts, leading software development of webOS at Palm, then engineering at Twitter, and now, investing and advising young start-ups. in each and every experience, i made mistakes, fixed them, and made some more. i may have even notched a few wins along the way.

in school, we are often taught how to find solutions to problems. but in the “real world,” no one’s there to walk you through a problem step by step. my experiences allowed me to carve my own path and figure out solutions on my own. the best education that I ever received was outside of

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kpcb fellows 2015 – learn by doing


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i loved my time in school but it wasn’t until i left graduate school at the university of washington that my real education began (beyond having learned how to learn). looking back at it, i’ve had a great career founding and then selling my own company, working on microsoft’s early cloud-computing efforts, leading software development of webOS at Palm, then engineering at Twitter, and now, investing and advising young start-ups. in each and every experience, i made mistakes, fixed them, and made some more. i may have even notched a few wins along the way.

in school, we are often taught how to find solutions to problems. but in the “real world,” no one’s there to walk you through a problem step by step. my experiences allowed me to carve my own path and figure out solutions on my own. the best education that I ever received was outside of

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