LinkedIn Buys Refresh

Today LinkedIn announced that it is buying Refresh, the mobile app that helps you discover common ground and build stronger relationships by serving up dossiers on the people you meet, just as you need them.  We’re proud to have backed founders Bhavin Shah and Paul Tyma from the company’s early stages and we’re excited to … Continue reading

Data Warehousing for All

At Redpoint, we’re always proud to support our portfolio companies and it’s gratifying when one receives industry recognition for its accomplishments. In case you missed it, last week the O’Reily Strata + Hadoop Conference held its fourth annual Startup Showcase where a panel of judges picked the best data-driven startups.  The first place winner was Snowflake Computing, a … Continue reading

Microsoft buys Acompli

  Redpoint Ventures and I would like to congratulate and thank Javier Soltero, Kevin Henrikson and J. J Zhuang for their amazing insights, entrepreneurship and leadership at Acompli. Today Microsoft announced that they will purchase Acompli. It is bitter sweet for me. While we are thankful for the amazing ROI that they delivered us, I … Continue reading

Another Marketplace Ready for Reinvention: Why we invested in Beepi

Every year since Redpoint was founded we’ve made a marketplace investment. Technology offers brilliant ways to lower friction, enhance turnover, discover favorable economics and surface marginal demand in existing marketplaces. Stars in our portfolio like Loopnet, BlueKai and HomeAway.com have set the bar for others to follow, and exciting new investments like Thredup, Homejoy, The … Continue reading

Backing Tactile’s Series A

At Redpoint, we have been excited about the consumerization of the enterprise for some time. The idea is simple – target professionals inside of businesses with applications that make their working lives more productive. Many successful businesses have emerged that employ this business model. Good examples of these are Yammer, Dropbox and Evernote. Redpoint has … Continue reading

ThredUp: Leveraging Data to Understand Customers

ThredUp, the leading online resale marketplace for women’s and children’s fashion, has gathered interesting data points on its customers’ shopping trends. Here’s a quick look. Ever wonder which clothes in your closet might fetch the most money? Or in which cities people shop the most for “practically new” shoes and dresses? Or which clothing brands … Continue reading

Lessons in Enjoying the Ride: BlueKai Acquired by Oracle

Today, Oracle announced that it is acquiring BlueKai, the leading data management SaaS provider for digital marketers, and a Redpoint portfolio company.  Congratulations to the BlueKai team and to Oracle on a terrific combination. As an early stage VC, this is the kind of investment I live for, and I’m not talking about the financial return … Continue reading