Do you need a COO?

Yelp COO, Geoff Donaker, explains how a startup CEO should approach the tricky decision of whether or not to hire a COO and when. Geoff discusses how he and CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman manage Yelp, and sheds light on the ideal attributes of a COO candidate. Read More





TechCrunch / Could a Nobel Prize-winning innovation have almost been overlooked by Silicon Valley?

I want to congratulate Shuji Nakamura (pictured above), the founder of Khosla Ventures portfolio company Soraa, and his fellow collaborators who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday. They join an esteemed group of Nobel laureates that includes Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Niels Bohr, all of whom have changed the course of human history. Read More



TechCrunch / The case for intelligent failure to invent the future

The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. In the past, experts with spreadsheets and econometric models or social scientists with subscale studies and linear models may have been useful. These so-called experts extrapolated from what came before, but as the rate of change has increased, looking to the past often is no longer meaningful – especially in a world driven by new technology. Read More


Fireside chat with Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin

At the annual KV CEO Summit, we were fortunate to have both Larry Page and Sergey Brin sit down to discuss a wide range of topics including the acquisition that never was (although not for lack of trying!), why computers today are still pretty bad, their partnership over the last 16 years, the future of Google, government 2.0 and how machine learning and technology will shape our future of abundance. Read More


A dozen things I’ve learned from Vinod Khosla

This post originally appeared on Tren Griffin's website 25iq, where he blogs about business models, investing, technology and other aspects of life he finds interesting. Tren works for Microsoft and previously was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm. This post is part of a series, which includes "A dozen things I've learned from... Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman and about marketing, distribution and sales." Read More