Entrepreneur Views

June 26, 2014

Thriving as a Women-Focused Business

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It’s not often that a room full of startup CEOs and founders is 90% women. But that’s what happened on Tuesday night at The Battery in San Francisco.

The theme of the night was building a women-focused brand online. But more so, it was an opportunity for approximately 100 women CEOs and executives (as well as a few men) from the extended Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) community to hear a panel of successful and thoughtful women founders talk about how they approach company building.

These are issues we care deeply about at NVP. From a business standpoint, women control more than 70% of household spending in the U.S., so it would be crazy not to invest in companies that serve them. There are a significant number of talented women entrepreneurs who are targeting the female demographic, and we want to partner with them to build successful businesses.

Among our panelists were Amy Errett, CEO and co-founder of read more 

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June 12, 2014

MobileIron’s Path to an IPO

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Suresh Batchu, Bob Tinker, and Ajay Mishra (ZEF NIKOLLA/NASDAQ)

 

MobileIron’s IPO brings light to the enormous transformation we’ve seen, and continued opportunity ahead in enterprise mobility. Since the company was founded, the adoption of mobile technology has become a disruption of historic proportions. Mobile has outpaced earlier transitions we’ve witnessed such as mainframe to PCs and client/server to the Internet.

I remember the day that Ajay Mishra, Suresh Batchu and Bob Tinker first met with NVP in 2008 to discuss MobileIron’s vision. They believed their startup could help solve mobility problems faced by all businesses. They said MobileIron’s technology would enable custo...

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May 13, 2014

NVP Raises New $1.2B Fund

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We are delighted to share the news of NVP XII, our new $1.2B fund. NVP XII provides fresh fuel for us to continue making early to late stage venture and growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors.

We want to express our gratitude to all of the incredible entrepreneurs with whom we work – you inspire us with your vision, passion and drive to succeed.  The tech sector remains the global engine for innovation, job creation and economic growth, and we are excited to continue our 53 year involvement in this ongoing revolution.

From our vantage point, the opportunity to turn innovation into meaningful market impact has never been stronger. This is happening on a global scale with diverse and vibrant emerging technologies in the U.S. and markets abroad.  The advancements we continue to see in cloud and SaaS, the domination of mobile technology, the explosion of online marketplaces across all aspects of the economy and the continued innovation pertaining ...

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May 8, 2014

Five Must-Haves of A Successful Online Marketplace

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Five Must-Haves of A Successful Online Marketplace

Key performance metrics I look for as a venture capital investor

Udemy brings an innovative marketplace model to ed tech.

I have spent more than 15 years of my career building, investing in, advising, and studying online marketplaces.  I am convinced marketplaces possess very unique and fascinating characteristics, which are often counter-intuitive and easily misunderstood.  By “marketplaces,” I am referring to a central exchange of goods or services whereby a large fragmented supply/seller base meets in one concentrated place to sell to a large and fragmented demand/buyer base. Visually, this many-to-many model for commerce has been captured as a butterfly.  Lots of suppliers (one wing) meet lots of buyers (another wing) in one central spot (the body).  That “body,” the marketplace, typically has a lot of the concentrated control and power, which results in high equity values.

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