11/18/2021 CEO Bi-weekly summary

The holidays are around the corner– can you believe it?

While some of us are traveling on important business, others are thankful to be grounded at home for a barrage of reasons. 

As for giving thanks, we at Foundry are thankful that we have remained in good health and relatively good spirits during the second year of this pandemic.

We’ve even managed to see one another face to face a few times, and were lucky enough to share this experience with some of our Bay Area CEOs last week. View a 30-second slideshow of the event here.

If you’re in NYC on 12/1 join us for the next one (learn more below).

The holidays are around the corner– can you believe it?

While some of us are traveling on important business, others are thankful to be grounded at home for a barrage of reasons. 

As for giving thanks, we at Foundry are thankful that we have remained in good health and relatively good spirits during the second year of this pandemic.

We’ve even managed to see one another face to face a few times, and were lucky enough to share this experience with some of our Bay Area CEOs last week. View a 30-second slideshow of the event
here.

If you’re in NYC on 12/1 join us for the next one (learn more below).

Coming up

Save the Date

NYC CEO (+ Partner Fund/GP) Meet-Up (Location TBD)

Contact [email protected] or [email protected] if interested in attending and for more information.

Wednesday, 12/1 from 6-8pm

New Builders Book Signing

Join us at the Boulder Book Store

Seth Levine and Elizabeth McBride 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.

Tonight, Wednesday, 11/3 at 6:30pm MT

Spekit Webinar

Join Melanie Fellay and TJ Macke

Your secret weapon to superpowers: How to save hundreds of hours creating content with Sapper & Spekit”

Wednesday, November 17th at 11am MST

IN CASE YOU
MISSED IT

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

In case you
missed it

Google Cloud for Startups Fireside Chat with Nirav Sheth

By network demand, we hosted an event with our friends at Google Cloud for Startups. In this recording, Nirav Sheth of the NorthAM Sales Organization, explains how Google approaches working with ISVs and tips on go-to-market/co-selling programs. You’ll also hear a valuable case study from one of our own portfolio companies, Pantheon, via Mika Kasumov, VP of Programmatic & Strategic Partnerships. (password: FoundryFamily!)

CEO threads

EXEC threads

Foundry portfolio
partner news &
happenings

Airship

Congratulations to Erin Reeves, VP of Human Resources at Airship for being recognized as one of the ‘Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS

ColdQuanta

ColdQuanta Founder and CTO Dana Anderson Awarded 2021 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics

Deduce

Deduce Expands Executive Team

JumpCloud

JumpCloud Named Finalist on CRN’s 2021 Tech Innovators Award List

Knock

Knock Expands to Detroit, Giving All Homebuyers the Power of a Cash Offer

Mandolin

Pitchfork partners with Mandolin to stream content from the inaugural Pitchfork Music Festival in London

Molekule

Molekule featured in Outside’s Favorite Wellness Gifts

Nextbite

Ordermark is rebranding to Nextbite to reflect their expanded virtual restaurant business

Nextbite

Nextbite’s Alex Canter featured in Business Insider‘s Restaurant Tech Power Players

Projector

Projector is joining Medium

SeatGeek

SeatGeek is now on Lolli

Spekit

Spekit Welcomes Dan Scheinman, First Investor in Zoom and SentinelOne, as Board Member

Sphero

SAS and Sphero bring coding to students with visual impairments

The Pro's Closet

Jessica Klodnicki, Cycling and Tech Industry Veteran, Joins The Pro’s Closet Board of Directors

Don's corner

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.

Shopify

Sr. Director of Design

Bolt Checkout

VP Corporate Strategy

Albertsons

Innovation Strategy & Strategic Partnerships

Adobe

Sr Director Commerce Services

AARP

VP Product

Roblox

CorpDev

Crosslink Capital

Partner

Elemental Accelerator

Head of Corporate Partnerships

Grammarly

Advisor & Former VP Product

J Street

Board of Directors

Bolt

VP BD + Chief Business Officer

Charter

CEO

Don's upcoming meetings
(currently scheduled)
in the next 2 weeks

Gap

VP Global Digital & Direct Marketing

Franklin Templeton

VP Fintech Partnerships and Corp Strategic

Atlassian

Director CorpDev

ReForge / Medium

Exec in Residence, Former Chief Product Officer

Voyager Capital

Partner

Social Leverage

Managing Partner

Battery Ventures

Venture Investor

Amazon

Head of Product, AWS Educate

Shopify

VC Partnerships

Climateworks

CFO

Albertsons

Innovation Strategy & Strategic Partnerships

Adobe

Sr Director Commerce Services

Foundry thoughts
& updates

Fireside with a VC (Andrew Romans): Episode #44, VC fund with nearly $3 billion of AUM

With Brad Feld, MD, Foundry Group

Eric Schurenberg’s Human Factor Episode

with Brad Feld

Why Founders Need to Be Open About Mental Health

by Brad Feld

The Best Business Hacks From Leaders Who Want To Succeed In The Fickle World

ft. Brad Feld

How to Build Something: ‘Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital’

ft. Seth Levine, author of ‘The New Builders’

Why We Need to Dispel the Myth of the White, Male Tech Founder

with Seth Levine, Co-Author of “The New Builders”

Foundry talent network

“On-demand” talent

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

    • Matt Murphy – Senior Full-Stack React/Rails/Python developer
    • Linton Ye – Full-Stack developer, expert in React (Linton both creates and teaches React courses for students)
    • Matt Wood – Product/UX/UI designer & product strategist

  • For more information, please contact Sam Zeisler at [email protected].

Talent Spotlight: Michael Koenig (recommended via one of Foundry Group’s partners)

    • Position Desired: COO, CRO
    • Location: Remote; Ann Arbor, open to other locations as well.
    • Sector/Experience: Enterprise & Mid-Market SaaS, Data, CloudTech, e-commerce, HRtech, Impact Tech, Infrastructure, LegalTech, Blockchain,  Lifestyles (health, sustainability, wellness).

  • For more information, please contact Sam Zeisler at [email protected].

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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