For business leaders today, no task is more important than ensuring confidence and trust in the organizations they lead. The boardroom has woken up to the importance of security – and to the enormity of what it will take to protect company and consumer data from attacks.
In this edition of the “Voices of KPCB” podcast series, KPCB partner Creighton Hicks sits down with Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, to discuss the computing and infrastructure behind the next generation of applications. They highlight the latest trends and techniques in the industry – including virtualization, containers, warehouse scale computing and security – and what to expect in the years to come.
Push the boundaries: join a board. I strongly recommend that all professionals get involved with work outside of their day job and, when they can, join a board – the right board – as a way to keep highly motivated at work. A few years into my career at KPCB–just when I was starting to really hit my stride (and probably my comfort zone)–my KP partner John Doerr came to me with a completely out-of-the-box request: Would I be willing to speak with Bono and Bobby Shriver about the “Product RED” initiative they recently launched in the U.K.?
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KPCB Partner John Doerr hosts a behind the scenes conversation with Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google, on Work Rules!, which Doerr calls “the Best Business Book of the Year.” They cover topics ranging from the secret to Google’s success, to why you should take power away from your managers and pay less, and how work really can “suck less” for everyone.
Every day, we create 2.5 billion gigabytes of data. New developments in data storage, ranging from Hadoop to object-oriented approaches, have enabled us to store that data more efficiently, and advances in visualization technology turn the data into actionable business intelligence. Still, so much of the data is untouched, awaiting the development of new analytic methods that will generate the insights that business leaders need.
When I went to Silicon Valley at the end of 2013, I had that feeling that comes every so often in one’s life: of not being too early, and not being too late. I had listened to the co-founder of Airbnb, Joe Gebbia, as he visited the Rhode Island School of Design each year as an alumnus and later as a trustee, and he would tell me that Silicon Valley was amazing. Frankly, I didn’t believe him. I had spent twelve years of my life at the MIT Media Lab, ubiquitously known in the tech world for being “amazing,” and by the mid-2000s “the cloud” was getting boring for me. I wanted to be closer to creation — “the dirt” of the physical world.
In this edition of the “Voices of KPCB” podcast series, KPCB partners Creighton Hicks and Wen Hsieh talk to Peter Godman, CEO of Qumulo, about the new era of data storage we’re in. In fact, they agree that “data storage” is no longer what consumers and enterprises most urgently need – instead, we’ve moved on to an age in which data analytics and searchability are of paramount importance to the ever-expanding mass of big data.
Design has become a game changer in Silicon Valley. Last year, John Maeda joined KPCB as the firm’s first Design Partner, joining from his role as the President of the Rhode Island School of Design. Now, in his inaugural #DesignInTech Report, Maeda highlights the rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Drawing on extensive research and his own conversations with hundreds of designers, Maeda examines the intersection of design, business, and technology. The report covers trends ranging from the record amounts of funding flowing into design-led startups to M&A activity with major tech corporations. Beyond designers and technologists, the report will appeal to a broad audience. For all of us who use a computer or mobile device, great design is changing how we live and work. This report helps explain why.
KPCB partner Mike Abbott recently hosted a panel discussion about the intersection of engineering and management in front of an audience of leaders of KPCB’s portfolio companies. The panelists included Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering at Airbnb, Jeff Huber, SVP at Google X, and Alex Roetter, VP of Engineering at Twitter. This podcast captures the highlights of their conversation, which focused on the excitement but also the challenges of successfully managing engineering teams at a fast-growing company.
The greatest companies have clear vision. It’s the north star — the big, timeless idea that frames every key decision made by the company. The people we hired to build Twitter could have built cool apps or services anywhere. But what really got everyone excited was the impact they’d have on building ‘the global town square’. Staying up late to fix a critical bug is much easier when you realize you’re giving people a voice.
The A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series hosted venture capitalist John Doerr at UC Berkeley in a question and answer session where he helped enlighten students on such topics as startups, healthcare, education, policy & politics, venture capital, the sharing economy, and jobs in emerging markets.
Interest in the Internet of Things has focused on the connected home, with attention to newly designed thermostats, lights, and security systems. Yet the connected home is just the first wave of a greater transition toward “smart, connected products” throughout the economy. The next wave, focusing on what is known as the Industrial Internet, may have an even more transformative effect on our lives.