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Best of Bootstrapping: What Traditional VCs are Looking for with Scott Sandell, NEA

Posted on Monday, Jun 7th 2021

If you have been bootstrapping and think you are ready for investors, you need to learn how investors think. First, please study our free Bootstrapping course and Investor Introductions page. Then start looking for entrepreneur – investor fit. Today I introduce you to Scott Sandell.

Scott Sandell, General Partner at NEA, is one of NEA’s star investors. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list every year since 2007, and has been involved with eight Unicorn companies including Salesforce.com, Workday, Webex, Tableau, and others. During our conversation in 2015, Scott discusses, specifically, Webex and Tableau in quite a bit of depth. In both companies, the scrappy, capital-efficient management of those businesses were striking!

Among Silicon Valley’s venture firms, NEA holds a special place in my own entrepreneurial journey, being the first VC firm that I successfully raised funding from. Oddly, at that time in the late nineties, the fact that my company was doing product development in India was considered unacceptable. Of course, all that changed in due course, and today India is firmly established on the startup map, as are China, Europe, and many other nations. NEA was an early adopter of the global entrepreneurship trend, and has offices in India and China. They also invest elsewhere in the world, where they don’t have offices. You can listen to the podcast interview here and the entire roundtable program here:

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250th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Scott Sandell, NEA

Posted on Monday, Jun 7th 2021

Scott Sandell, General Partner at NEA, is one of NEA’s star investors. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list every year since 2007, and has been involved with eight Unicorn companies including Salesforce.com, Workday, Webex, Tableau, and others. Scott discusses, specifically, Webex and Tableau in quite a bit of depth. In both companies, the scrappy, capital-efficient management of those businesses were striking!

Cloud Stocks: Analysis of Palo Alto’s Bridgeview Acquisition

Posted on Monday, Jun 7th 2021

According to a recent market report, the global cyber security market is projected to grow from $162.5 billion in 2020 at 12.5% CAGR to reach $418.3 billion by 2028. Security player Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) continues to grow in this market through acquisitions.

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Catching Up On Readings: WWDC 2021

Posted on Sunday, Jun 6th 2021

This feature from TechCrunch looks at what to expect from Apple’s virtual developer conference WWDC to be held from Monday June 7. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links.

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Colors: Amphan V

Posted on Sunday, Jun 6th 2021

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about art and culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of art – one of my paintings – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Amphan V

Amphan V | Sramana Mitra, 2020 | Watercolor, Pastel | 9 x 12, On Paper

533rd Roundtable Recording on June 3, 2021: With Gene Caballero, GreenPal

Posted on Saturday, Jun 5th 2021

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

Colors: Amphan IV

Posted on Saturday, Jun 5th 2021

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about art and culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of art – one of my paintings – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Amphan IV

Amphan IV | Sramana Mitra, 2020 | Watercolor, Pastel | 9 x 12, On Paper

Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Ram Swaminathan, CEO of BUDDI.AI (Part 6)

Posted on Saturday, Jun 5th 2021

Sramana Mitra: Last question. When you look around in your space, where would you point new entrepreneurs to look for white spaces? 

Ram Swaminathan: In general, you should look for problems by not reading some Forbes article. The challenge is more on the ground. The more that entrepreneurs can talk to functional workers in that particular domain, the better.

The first way to start is, of course, to look at Forbes, Wired, and all of these magazines to find areas where they are pointing at problems. The next step is to take some of these problems and see what relates to the functional workers and the journey they have gone through in life. They need to spend the time and go meet people. 

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