10/07/2021 CEO Bi-weekly summary

Hello everyone.

Wussten Sie, dass Sie gemeinsam Marathons aus verschiedenen Teilen der Welt laufen können?

Translation: did you know you can run marathons together, from different parts of the world? That’s what three of our Partners did last week in honor of their unique friendship and love of long distance running in the BMW Berlin Marathon. Months of training, two sets of running shoes on the ground in Germany (Seth & Ryan), and one running in the dead of night (Brad, back in Colorado) and they were off, together, from two different parts of the world. The underlying message here is even when we are not working together, we support one another. #FoundryFamily #TeamGoals 

As always, below is a recap of the key CEO threads, Don’s corner, “perk of the week” (back in two weeks), as well as a preview of what’s on tap.

Until then, be well and kind to one another.

Rena, Seth, Ryan, Moody, Jaclyn, Lindel, Brad, Lynch, Lena, Angeli, and Don

Coming up

A (virtual) Fireside Chat with Nirav Sheth

In this session you’ll be able to chat 1:1 with Nirav, learn about go-to-market/co-selling programs, and hear a valuable case study.

Thursday, October 21st, 12:00PM – 2:30PM

Register here.

Save The Date!

Bay Area (In-Person) CEO Meet-Up


November 2, 2021, 5pm-8pm (SF/TBD)

Join our 2022 Meet-ups (Dates TBD)

(CEOs welcome to attend any of the following):

  • Seattle/PSL- Q1/date/TBD
  • Colorado- Q1/date/TBD
  • Boston- Q2/date/TBD
  • NYC- Q2/date/TBD

Join the (virtual) event with Jennifer Batuyoung of Skyline Tax and Accounting


Join David Cohen of Techstars

In this Pitch Live episode, he will share essential communication techniques for raising your next round.

Thursday, 10/7 at 7:30am PT (10:30am ET)

Join him here.

Join Elevate’s Masha Sedova

She’ll focus on real-world examples of insider threat risk prevention & deterrence strategies, to protect and defend your sensitive data.

Thursday, 10/7 at 10am PT (1pm ET)

Register here.

Join Alloy’s event presented by High Alpha Innovation

This year’s programming focuses on disruption and the future.

Thursday, 10/7, 7am-2pm PT

Register here.

Bonus event: Join High Alpha Partner Kristian Andersen and Gumroad CEO & Founder Sahil Lavingia virtually on Wednesday, 10/20 at 10am PT (1pm ET) for High Alpha’s October Speaker Series. Register here.

Join Techstars & Western Union

This year’s investment thesis is Innovation in the Movement of Money.

Thursday, 10/14 from 1:30-2:15pm PT (4:30–5:15pm ET)

Register here.

Him For Her is hosting a webinar ft. Daniel Chait, CEO, Greenhouse Software, and Jocelyn Mangan, CEO, Him For Her.

Thursday, 10/21 at 11am PT (2pm ET)

Register here.

During this 55-minute session, they’ll explore best practices for running a board search as a venture-backed CEO. They’ll cover how to define the criteria for your next director, where to source candidates, how to interview, as well as compensation and onboarding.


Brad Feld hosted “A Fireside Chat” with Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO, Twilio and author of Ask Your Developer.

CEO threads

(group archive here)

EXEC threads

(group archive here)

Foundry portfolio
partner news &


Formlabs Doubles Down on Speed and Cost Per Part, Validates Fuse 1 For Dental Manufacturing, Reformulates Model Resin For Speed

Gig Wage

Craig J. Lewis of Gig Wage in Rolling Stone: How to Run an Affiliate Marketing Program (and Have It Succeed)

High Alpha

High Alpha opens third venture studio: co-founder calls venture market ‘hot and crazy’


Havenly’s Lee Mayer is one of Inc’s 2021 Female Founders 100!


Knock Launches Knock GO™ (Guaranteed Offer), Making Homebuyers Cash Buyers


Mandolin Buys NoonChorus as Live Streaming Consolidation Continues


Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center Partner With SeatGeek Where Fans Can Sell and Buy Tickets on New Official Ticket Exchange


Miro Partners with Techstars to Invest in Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Don's corner

Don Loeb

Corp Dev: Don Loeb

Headlands West Advisory

Headlands West Advisory helps Foundry Group and our partner funds with market intelligence, relationship assistance, and M&A advisory for our portfolio companies.

Please email Don if you’re interested in talking about any of these companies/people, especially those scheduled for the next couple of weeks.


Head of Search and Shopping Product


Chief Business Officer

Amazon (Alexa + Climate)

WW CorpDev Alexa Fund + Climate Pledge Fund

500 Global



VP Design


General Partner

Google (Area 120)

Founder Threadit

Founders Co-op

Founding Managing Partner


Head of Operations


CorpDev & Strategy

Glu Mobile

VP & General Manager


Director CorpDev


CorpDev & Strategy


VP CorpDev and Strategic Partnerships


Director of Product Design

State of California

Chief Technology Innovation Officer

Lobby Capital

Founding Partner

Don’s upcoming meetings
rrently scheduled)
in the next 2 weeks

Google (Youtube)

VP Product (Shopping)


Innovation Principal


Head of Product, AWS Educate


General Partner

Foundry thoughts
& updates

Ever wondered where #GiveFirst came from and how it became a core philosophy at Techstars? Fraudmarc’s Keith Coleman and Give First Podcast hosts explore the value and meaning behind the phrase in the latest episode of Give First.

Ft. Brad Feld & David Cohen

DSW 2021: Frederich Nietzsche and Entrepreneurs – A Fireside Chat

With Brad Feld

DSW 2021: Ask a VC anything 

With Jaclyn Hester & Natty Zola (Matchstick Ventures)

Plexo Capital Launches Education Platform For Emerging Fund Managers

Ft. Lindel Eakman

Building and Compensating Your Board

By Seth Levine

DSW 2021: Authors Showcase: “The New Builders”

With Seth Levine

DSW 2021: The Next Generation of Business Owners Aren’t Who You Think They Are

With Seth Levine

Foundry talent network

View our list of vetted talent candidates in Foundry’s Talent Network.

(pass: FoundryFamily! — must manually type it in.)

Talent Spotlight: Zendesk

Zendesk is growing their Startup Partnerships team with openings focused on the East Coast and Europe. They are looking for former founders, investors, ecosystem builders or anyone else with experience working with startups and partners. Ideal candidates will understand the needs of Zendesk’s audience, have strong connections in their regional startup ecosystems and want to join a fun, high-impact team setting startups up with a best-in-class product.

“On-demand” talent

Hot Freelance/Contract Tech Talent from our friends at 10x.

  • James Knight – Senior mobile (iOS & Android) developer & full-stack engineer, James is one of 10x’s longest-standing clients
  • Alex Fallon – Award-winning graphic/branding designer that has worked on GE’s Olympic branding for the last two Olympics
  • Paul Christodoulou – Senior product owner/manager/strategist
  • Trevor VanLinden – Python / E-Commerce architect and programmer

For more information, please contact Sam Zeisler at sam@10xmanagement.com.


Who: GoalFlow

What: Employee Goal and Reward Platform

Perk: 50% off unlimited users for 12 months

About: Without clear goals, people work in circles.

GoalFlow simplifies employee goals and rewards, making the experience better for everyone. Company-wide goals cascade down to teams and individuals, keeping teams and departments aligned. Employees choose their rewards (crypto, gift cards, cash) and get paid automatically based on performance.

See how the platform can help your team drive stronger results.

Contact: Email Murphy at murphy@goalflow.com to learn more.

CEO Summit Postponement

As we look toward the second half of the year, we continue to grapple with questions surrounding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. One thing, however, is for certain: the health and safety of our network (and your families) are of utmost importance to us.

Due to the recent spike in cases around the U.S. and world, we have decided to postpone our CEO Summit from October to Spring, 2022. It will still take place at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, so if you’ve reserved your room already, we’ll simply move your reservation. If you’ve booked your flights, please contact your carrier to make arrangements. The new dates for the summit in the spring are still TBD, but we hope to determine this in the next few weeks. We apologize if this has caused any inconvenience.

In the meantime, we are busy planning other potential programming including regional/outdoor meet-ups and other digital content. We will send around another survey to gauge interest and to make the most out of the remainder of this year.

We want to thank those who have voiced their opinions and participated in the surveys and open dialogue surrounding this event and what is best for the network.

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