10/20/2021 CEO Bi-weekly summary

Welcome to the new Foundry!

After months of hard work and collaboration we are proud to present our new brand. It was a process steeped in team discovery, but ultimately one that most reflects the “who” and “what” we are today.

As our Network has grown and our investment strategy has shifted, we wanted to underscore that today’s Foundry is different from yesterday’s Foundry “Group.” But while we have a new brand, updated name, and web experience, we have maintained our ethos, driven by our #givefirst mentality, while paying homage to our Coloradan roots and “out of the Valley” perspective.

(Thanks to the team at WEST for being our brand stewards.)

Enjoy the initial splash page; a fuller site with even more content will be available in mid-November. Drop us a note, send feedback, and as always, be well and kind to one another.

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

Coming up

POSTPONED/RESCHEDULED

Google Partnerships (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.

NEW DATE: November 5, 2021

New registration link to come.

Bay Area, CEO Meet-Up

Join In-Person at Dirty Habit (Rooftop)

We kindly ask that everyone who attends to be fully vaccinated; email [email protected] for more information.

Happy Hour: 5:30-7:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Silicon Flatirons Event

Serial entrepreneurs and co-authors Rajat Bhargava, Co-founder and CEO, JumpCloud; and Will Herman, former CEO and Founder, Viewlogic Systems, Inc. will present key concepts from their new book. This event will accommodate remote participation in addition to in-person attendance.

Wednesday, 10/27 from 5:30-7:00pm MT

Register here.

Silicon Flatirons Event

People starting new businesses today are not who you think they are. Contrary to the myth of the white, male tech founder that dominates our mindshare, most new businesses are started by people who are black, brown, female, and older. Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride will discuss their book. This event will accommodate remote participation in addition to in-person attendance.

Tuesday, 11/2 from 5:30-7:00pm MT

Register here.

Book Signing

Join Seth Levine and Elizabeth McBride at the Boulder Book Store

Seth will be reading a few sections from the book, talking about the work they’ve been doing supporting New Builders since the book launch, and signing books for those who want to pick up a copy. You can register below or learn more about the evening and register via the Facebook Event Page. There is a small registration fee ($5) but you’ll receive a coupon at the event for that amount toward your purchase of the book.

Wednesday, 11/3 at 6:30pm MT

Register here.

IN CASE YOU
MISSED IT

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 &
happenings

Airship

Airship Announces Keynote Speakers for Elevate 2021, Including Benedict Evans, Apptopia CEO Jonathan Kay and Airship CEO Brett Caine

Bolster

From Start-Up to Grown-Up Podcast: Episode 1 with Matt Blumberg of Bolster

Dwolla

Dwolla’s Brady Harris shares his thoughts on the future of FinTech, working with investors, and leadership advice on GrowthCap’s Insights podcast. Give it a listen here.

Gig Wage

Marketplace Risk Platform Podcast: A Fairer Gig Economy Starts with Payments ft. Craig J. Lewis of Gig Wage

Havenly

Havenly And Reese’s Book Club Announce Multi-Year Partnership To Bring Reading Rooms To Every Home And Celebrate Book Lovers Across The U.S.

High Alpha

High Alpha Launches Castiron, E-Commerce Platform for Culinary Artists

Integrate

Integrate’s Jeremy Bloom interviewed The Weight of Gold’s Director Brett Rapkin at the Kennedy Forum. They spoke about their film’s impact and the need for thoughtful media coverage of mental health.

JumpCloud

JumpCloud’s Raj Bhargava explains how big partnerships with Atlassian, CrowdStrike helped him raise $225 million at a $2.63 billion valuation

Landing

Landing to Award Three People With A Year of Rent-Free Flexible Living

LOOP

LOOP Closes $21M Series A Round led by Foundry Group and 01 Advisors

Molekule

Jonathan Harris, CEO Of Molekule, Is On A Mission

Moxxie Ventures + Homebrew

Joining An Existing Fund Versus Starting Your Own ft. Moxxie Ventures and Homebrew

Ordermark

Ordermark has received the 2021 Comparably Award for ‘Best Company Happiness’ as rated by employees in the small/mid-sized company category.

SeatGeek

SeatGeek to go public via $1.35 bln deal with Billy Beane-backed SPAC

Suzy

Suzy Launches Suzy Home for In-Home Usage Testing

WHOOP

Boston College Athletics and WHOOP Announce Multi-Year Partnership

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 the following companies / people linked below, especially those scheduled for the next couple of weeks.

Google (Youtube)

VP Product (Shopping)

Farfetch

Innovation Principal

500 Global

COO

Asana

Head of Business and Corporate Development

SOSV

Operating Partner

Roblox

Director Corporate Development

RAND

CMEPP Director

JumpCloud

CEO

Snap

CorpDev & Strategy

Intuit

Corporate Strategy & Development

GTMHub

CEO

Tier Mobility

GC

Bolt

VP Corporate Strategy

Seedstars

Investment Analyst

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

Amazon

Head of Product, AWS Educate

LDV

General Partner

Shopify

VC Partnerships

Climateworks

CFO

Google

Director Product

Battery Ventures

Venture Investor

Pantheon

Chief Strategy Officer

Voyager Capital

Managing Director

Foundry thoughts
& updates

Square One: Conversations with the Best in Business Episode 111

Ft. Brad Feld, Founder and Partner of Foundry Group

Our Investment in LOOP

By Jaclyn Hester

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 [email protected].

PERK OF
THE WEEK

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 [email protected] 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.

Foundry Group

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Rena Ramirez