Does Your Start-Up Know How to Interview?


  Knowing how to effectively interview and evaluate candidates is critical to finding the right talent,  yet most companies don’t take the time to help their teams learn this important skill.  If you don’t train your teams to properly interview candidates you can end up hurting your ability to attract rock star talent.  The good … Continue reading

Building a Strong Talent Community

Redpoint‘s reputation for supporting founding teams was the main reason I joined the firm last fall to head up Talent. My role is to work with our companies and help them build the right sized recruiting and talent programs.  I love working with our founders and finding ways both big and small to help our … Continue reading

Why Every Tech Company—Large and Small—Needs a China Strategy

Everyone knows that China is a complex place for U.S. companies to do business. From the obvious cultural and language differences to the regulatory landscape to the sometimes unpredictable political climate, it can be a country where even the most experienced entrepreneurs and executives stumble. Nonetheless, it is an increasingly vital component of any company’s … Continue reading

Redpoint’s Founders Day Re-cap

Redpoint recently hosted “The Anatomy of a Breakthrough Performance.” Held at the innovative Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, it was an event that brought together a lineup of luminaries who have indeed achieved breakthrough performances. From the America’s Cup skipper Jimmy Spithill to Navy Seal Commander Pete Naschak to peak performance guru Andy Walshe, Redpoint … Continue reading

Reflections On YCombinator Demo Day: How The Seed Market Has Changed

Earlier this week, I attended the Spring YCombinator Demo Day. I’ve been attending for six years now. Each time, I’m impressed by the intelligence, ambition and the polish of the founders presenting companies only a few weeks or months old. As I listened to the pitches, I wondered if the types of startups founders decide … Continue reading

The Four Key Steps In Startup Fund Raising Processes

Raising capital from venture capitalists at any stage can seem like a very strange, ambiguous and amorphous process. I’ve written about the way Redpoint diligences/researches a startup and its market and what questions we tend to ask at each stage. In this post, I’ll focus on the process from entrepreneur’s point of view. When raising capital, entrepreneurs … 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