In this interview, Anita Sands discusses Corporate Innovation as it pertains to large enterprises experiencing disruptive change as well as some experiencing hyper growth. She has perspective on both, and generously shares her thoughts.
Sramana Mitra: Anita, you have spent the first part of your career being a physicist. That’s a really interesting training ground for someone who went on to be in the innovation ecosystem. Would you actually tell me a few things about your journey as a physicist and how that ties into where you are today in the innovation ecosystem?
Anita Sands: As you rightly said, I started as a physicist. My undergraduate was in Physics and Applied Mathematics. My Ph.D. >>>
Anita Sands, Board Director at Symantec and ServiceNow, talks about corporate innovation as it pertains to large enterprises experiencing disruptive change, as well as some experiencing hyper growth. Anita has perspective on both, and generously shares her thoughts.
Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Ann Winblad, Winblad was recorded in December 2014.
Ann Winblad, Co-founder of Hummer Winblad, is one of the most successful women VCs in our industry, and as I mentioned in my introduction, I have never heard her whining about bias against women. One of the most encouraging things she discussed today is how her firm is sourcing interesting ventures from all over the world, not just Silicon Valley. Mulesoft, one of their hot portfolio companies, had its CEO based in Malta, originally! >>>
Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures was recorded in September 2017.
Cindy Padnos, Founder and Managing Partner at Illuminate Ventures, discusses a topic that we’ve been highlighting recently: the need for multiple seed rounds as a way to bridge the Series A gap.
Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Illuminate Ventures. What is the focus of the firm? How big is the fund? What sized investments do you make? >>>
During this week’s roundtable, we celebrated our milestone 400th episode with four entrepreneurs ‘teaching’ their lessons from the trenches. Of these, three are 1Mby1M entrepreneurs, and one is a 1Mby1M case-study.
First, Vikrant Mathur, Co-founder of Menlo Park, California based Future Today, discussed his 10+ year journey of building a profitable bootstrapped business to over $10 million in revenue. Vikrant has had to navigate major shifts in his industry and he candidly explained how he has maneuvered. Vikrant’s lessons are perfectly in tune with the 1Mby1M methodology, and a great validation of the philosophy we have practised and preached for over a decade now.
Next, Heidi Jannenga, Co-founder and President of Phoeniz, Arizona based WebPT discussed another text-book case study of the 1Mby1M methodology: Bootstrap First, Raise Money Later. Heidi raised $1 million WITH $1 million in revenue already booked, and then turned that $1 million into $17 million in revenue. Very powerful and inspiring story.
Deb Kemper is Managing Director and Chair of the Boston Forum at Golden Seeds, an Angel Group and Micro VC focused exclusively on women entrepreneurs.
In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:
During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Jennifer Carolan, Co-founder and General Partner at Reach Capital, a venture firm with 100% focus on EdTech. The conversation was an excellent exploration of the state of the union in EdTech investments.
As for entrepreneur pitches, we spoke with Tamilvendan Rajaraman from Chennai, India, pitching Vpharmacist, an online pharmacy that is bootstrapped and executing very well, competing in a crowded market.
You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here: