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Corinne Riley
In chronological order, these are some articles / presentations / legal documents that have I've found valuable in contextualizing technology and venture capital today
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John Allspaw (Flickr/Yahoo!) and Paul Hammond (Flickr)"10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr"

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Some have described Agile and infrastructure as an oxymoron: they just donpsilat fit together. During one year we have focused on using agile techniques in three different infrastructure related proje…

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The modern world is built on two centuries of industrialisation. Much of that was built by equity finance. Which is built on limited liability

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Editorial on bursting of dot-com stock bubble; observes that current sense of despair may be as overdone as last year's euphoria

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At Greylock, my partners and I are driven by one guiding mission: always help entrepreneurs. It doesn’t matter whether an entrepreneur is in our portfolio, whether we’re considering an investment, or …

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A study of Bell Labs offers a number of lessons about how our country’s technology companies — and our country’s longstanding innovative edge — actually came about.

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Where today’s most innovative—and world-changing—thinking is taking place

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Earlier this week, I met an experienced head of sales. During our meeting, the candidate shared a simple way of thinking about a startup’s sales process that resonated with me. A startup’s sales evolu…

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With more than 80% of venture capital investments occurring in enterprise and with the public markets disproportionately rewarding SaaS companies with huge enterprise value-to-revenue multiples (media…

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In those tender days between two-scrappy-founders-in-an-apartment and established business, these burgeoning outfits have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in their future, and that future is f…

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In this record fundraising year, (and despite the recent hiccups, record year in the public markets) we are beginning to see a lot of companies raise institutional venture capital simply because it’s widely available and the Silicon Valley bull market default. Many people feel they have to take venture capital, or they get pushed into it by investors looking for opportunities. This is bad. Out of the approximately half million businesses with employees that get started every year, only about a thousand are venture-backed. However, in the current environment we are conflating “technology startup” with “venture-backable.” Hanging out yesterday, a friend (in a leadership role at a startup) mentioned his Xoogler friends were hacking on something, and were probably going to raise money when they shouldn’t. Here’s a quick crack at that: Elon Musk put $100M of his own money into SpaceX before he raised $20M in “Series A” VC money from some of his former Paypal cofounders in 2008 (6 years of work and 3 progressively closer-to-successful launches into the company’s life). It wasn’t until 2009 that they received their first (relatively small) commercial contract. Even if a fund is of the billion-dollar scale, investing $120M in a single company to fund development over 7 years before basic technological and commercial de-risking is untenable in an area with weak intermediate outcomes. Who would buy SpaceX if it didn’t work?. However, if some of that risk is taken off the table, as it had been here by 2008, the investment and risk profile changes dramatically — and that investment looks like it will do enormously well for Founders Fund.

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This is going to be a two-part post—one on why machine intelligence is something we should be afraid of, and one on what we should do about it.  If you’re already afraid of machine intelligence,...

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Back in December, when Slack integrations launched, I wrote Clippy’s Revenge about the potential of “smart messaging” to become a new platform. Since then, big players have done much to nurture that…

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Product led growth (PLG) isn't just a buzzword—it's an incredibly powerful go-to-market strategy used by companies like Slack, Airtable, Calendly and more.

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Venture capital is so familiar in the startup world that everybody tends to forget how it emerged and why it is so focused on financing startups. The reason why venture capital thrives in the digital…

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In 1871, Scotland-born Alexander Graham Bell used to experiment with a harmonic telegraph in his Boston laboratory and his family home in Canada. His work as a lone inventor led to an extraordinary…

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The memo Sequoia Capital sent to founders & CEOs to provide guidance on how to deal with potential business consequences due to the effects of the coronavirus.

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A few years ago, I published a framework I called The Hierarchy of Engagement (Version 1, and updated “Expanded” Version) which synthesized my thinking on how to build enduring consumer products. The…

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