When I first started in venture almost 7 years ago (ouch, time flies!), I was fresh out of a startup job and had no real brand in VC. As a result, I took to blogging in order to think through new investment roadmaps, used my website to reach out to entrepreneurs, or used my blog to think out loud about the current market. Sometimes I talked about mobile (which was a fairly new medium back then), or how the social media measurement space reminded me of my operating experience in mobile ad tech, or just about the current state of the market economy (man, I was a nerd.)

I still do this when I get really excited about a topic, but with the demands of my current schedule (and a focus on content like the State of the Cloud) — definitely not to the extent I once did.

So yes, blogging (again) is a new resolution of mine this year — but on a less trite note, I hope to connect with the tech community on a more personal level through this blog and talk more about some of my ideas. I’ve always seen writing as a kickstarter to dialog, so PLEASE leave questions, comments, DMs, tweets. I will answer them all.

Today, I want to share a few of my learnings from 2018:

  1. VC is a team sport: As investors, we always ask founders about their team dynamics (why did they recruit who they did, who can grow into an exec role and who can’t, and how they can keep on hiring ahead of the curve), but we rarely show founders how our own team dynamics matter. When I first became an investor, I was always told it was an independent sport. You built your own portfolio, served on boards alone, and had your own relationships with founders. To a certain extent, that is still true — but VC is evolving into more of a team sport. Partners tag team boards, share expertise across portfolios, and learn from each other. I hope to show more founders how investors, too, work in teams, and how these dynamics can make our firms better funds to work with.

GP @CRV, Alum @HarvardHBS @Stanford. I like a bagel with attitude.

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