It’s not easy to contact your child’s school to get the help you need to ensure your child’s attendance. The best way to get your questions answered is to call, and calling only works during business hours, which is a significant barrier for working parents. Even if you call, the person best equipped to answer your specific question may or may not be available. Broadly, school districts are resource-constrained. …


I’m delighted to announce that Shripriya Mahesh and I are partnering to lead a new $123MM fund at Spero Ventures.

I can’t say enough good things about Shripriya. I see in her a remarkable balance of product expertise, optimistic futurism, and empathetic leadership. Shripriya’s execution as global head of product at eBay during their most dominant growth stage is an essential resource. She has a wealth of firsthand knowledge about building online marketplaces, and a deep network of connections to the talented people who will build the next generation of technology companies.

Shripriya also brings to the table something extremely…


After 9 years with the firm, I’ve decided to leave Spark Capital. It’s not a decision I make lightly, as Spark is an incredible firm, filled with talented, kind people. I’m deeply grateful for the time they have invested in allowing me to apprentice in this industry and for giving me the opportunity to grow as an investor. My partners are at the peak of their game, and I’ll be rooting for them going forward and support them however I can in transition to exiting. …


The data inside of mailboxes, calendars, and contacts is incredibly rich. Many people treat their inboxes as mostly unstructured operating systems for their day to day lives. I’ll speak for myself (and I am not unique) in saying my inbox is my todo list, ad hoc file repository, and gateway to most social interactions. My inbox is also an excellent proxy for all major transactions in my life in line with the rise of transactional email receipts over the last decade. …


The folks at Atrium were kind enough to host me on a panel alongside Justin Kan (Atrium), Zach Perret (Plaid), and Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst) moderated by Lisa Han (Atrium) last night. The topic was about raising Series A, and the audience was primarily seed stage entrepreneurs that would be gearing up for a raise soon.

I was impressed by the contributions of my co-panelists. My favorite moments were:

  • After Niko and I waxed on too long about the need for authenticity in pitches from founders and the process of “falling in love” during a pitch, Justin did a great…


Spark Capital hosted a Ready Player One viewing party last night in SF. It was a really fun event. I caught up with friends and meet a few new faces. A big thanks to Rachael and Dominique at Spark for organizing.

I am a huge fan of Ernest Cline’s book, so when I heard a movie was being made I was excited. That said, when I saw the first trailer or two, I was concerned it wasn’t going to be good. So my expectations going in to the film were mixed.

Is it a good movie? Not really.

Is it…


Teacher and student from Woodridge School District 68 (Ill.)

Panorama Education has news today. They raised $16MM in a Series B led by Emerson Collective. Ross Jensen has joined the board from Emerson Collective, and I look forward to working with Ross, along with co-founders Aaron Feuer and Xan Tanner and the rest of the amazing Panorama team on the company’s continued mission. Panorama serves over 5 million students today, and this is just the beginning.

Panorama Education was founded with the mission that we need to look beyond just proficiency in academic subjects to understand how kids are doing in school. We need to look at the whole…


eShares is announcing a rebrand today. The company is now called Carta. I love this name. It’s tight, concise, two strong syllables, that feels good on the tongue. The etymology of Carta is paper and maps. Paper we replace, so a web service that evokes paper sounds right to me. And when I think of the mission of the company most broadly and concisely: we map asset ownership. It’s still early days, and the folks at Carta strongly subscribe to “Stay Hungry, Stay Humble,” that said, the company is growing well and should be proud of how far they’ve come…


Photo Credit: ParticleGuy on Instructables

When Spark is exploring opportunities to partner with entrepreneurs who are building businesses focused on the enterprise market, we get excited when the product experience lights up our pattern recognition we have built up from our consumer investing experience. In consumer tech the product needs to be able to stand alone. The product must be a compelling experience, able to sell itself through dead simple onboarding and a lightning quick path to the “a-ha!” moment where the value proposition of the product clicks into place.

This is the magic of Particle. The company takes a complex problem, building and deploying…


I have partnered with a number of B2B software companies on behalf of Spark, and in each board meeting for these companies we review the sales pipeline. We look at the top deals in the pipeline and their likelihood to close. We consider pipeline coverage for upcoming quarters in hopes that it will be a leading indicator of whether we will hit our future goals or not.

When we review the sales pipeline, we often look at a weighted average of the Total Contract Value (TCV) of the prospects multiplied against their likelihood to close. Likelihood to close is usually…

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