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How Duolingo became fluent in monetization

As its meandering route to monetization will demonstrate, Duolingo isn’t mission-oriented, it’s mission-obsessed. Co-founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker never wanted to charge consumers for access to Duolingo content, a purpose imbued throughout the company’s culture. For years in order to work at Duolingo, you had to be comfortable with joining a company in Pittsburgh that was in no rush to make money. The startup, filled with education enthusiasts and mission-driven employees, became “ver...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Sand Hill Road, Pittsburgh, Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Luis, Luis Von Ahn


The true, raw story of how I raised a boatload of money at age 19 to build a billion dollar company — then failed

In 2011, Sahil Lavingia left his job as the second employee at Pinterest to build Gumroad, which he dreamed would become a billion-dollar company. He raised about $8 million in his first year. But things didn't keep growing. At one point he ended up having to lay off 75% of his staff, including his friends, and strongly considered selling his company. Eventually, he was working completely on his own. Lavingia began to be OK with the fact that Gumroad would never be a billion-dollar company. He...
Tags: Pinterest, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Canada, Bill Gates, Bill, Gumroad, Kpcb, Mike Abbott, Kerala, Puerto Rico, Trump, Mike, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, UK Australia


At 19, I left my job to build a billion-dollar company. But I didn't do it, and considered myself a failure for years until I made a critical change in my thinking

In 2011, Sahil Lavingia left his job as the second employee at Pinterest to build Gumroad, which he dreamed would become a billion-dollar company. He raised about $8 million in his first year. But things didn't keep growing. At one point he ended up having to lay off 75% of his staff, including his friends, and strongly considered selling his company. Eventually, he was working completely on his own. Lavingia began to be OK with the fact that Gumroad would never be a billion-dollar company. He...
Tags: Pinterest, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Canada, Bill Gates, Bill, Gumroad, Kpcb, Mike Abbott, Kerala, Puerto Rico, Trump, Mike, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, UK Australia


GV and DBL Partners leads Series C round for FBN

Farmer’s Business Network, a farmer-to-farmer network, has secured $40 million in Series C funding. GV and DBL Partners led the round with participation from Bow Capital, Acre Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. PRESS RELEASE SAN CARLOS, Calif. March 7, 2017 – Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., the farmer-to-farmer network and a mission-driven business, today announced a $40 million Series C round, led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) and DBL Partners, with additional participat...
Tags: America, Trends, Google Ventures, Kpcb, FBN, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, VC Deals, Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners, Amol Deshpande, Business Network, Bow Capital Acre Venture Partners, Farmer 's Business Network Inc, Bow Capital, Acre Venture Partners


TPG-backed BVI names new president/CEO

Waltham, Massachusetts-based Beaver-Visitec International, a provider of specialized surgical devices for the ophthalmic industry, has hired Dana G. Mead Jr as president and CEO. Mead is a former strategic adviser and partner in the life sciences practice of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. BVI is backed by TPG Capital. PRESS RELEASE WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beaver-Visitec International (“BVI”), a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialized surgical devices for the...
Tags: Singapore, Trends, People, Allergan, Kpcb, Stanford University, Tpg Capital, Tom, Johnson Johnson, Dana, The Board, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Lafayette College, Waltham Massachusetts, Waltham MA USA, BVI


Canaan Partners leads Series C round for Leanplum

San Francisco-based Leanplum, a mobile marketing platform, has raised $29 million in Series C funding. Canaan Partners led the round with participation from return backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Shasta Ventures. In conjunction with the funding. Joydeep Bhattacharyya, who recently joined Canaan Partners, has been added to Leanplum’s board of directors. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO – October 18, 2016 – Leanplum, the leader in mobile marketing, today announced that it closed a $29 mill...
Tags: Google, Israel, San Francisco, Trends, Connecticut, Novartis, Kpcb, Leanplum, Kleiner Perkins, Vmware, Shasta Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Canaan, Canaan Partners, Derm


Venture fundraising maintains strong pace with $8.8 bln raised in Q2

Venture fundraising continued at a strong pace in the second quarter, with $8.8 billion raised by 67 funds, according to the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters. The total was down noticeably from the $14 billion of the first quarter, which was a 10 year quarterly record. But it still sets the year on a powerful trajectory , with $22.9 billion raised, already approaching the $28.7 billion raised for all of 2015. The quarter saw new funds from Andreessen Horowitz (fund V at $...
Tags: Trends, Funds, Andreessen Horowitz, Thomson Reuters, National Venture Capital Association, Longitude, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Emerging Managers


Taking the “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams

 As part of our Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) engineering meet-up series, I had the opportunity to host a panel of leaders of various functions at Hulu, Twitter, Oculus, and Facebook to discuss best practices in cross group teamwork and collaboration — this is what they said. Read More
Tags: Column, Design, Tech, Industrial Design, Innovation, Problem Solving, Product Management, Product Development, Product Design, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB


Core OS secures $28 mln in Series B funding from group led by GV

GV, formerly Google Ventures, lead a $28 million Series B funding in CoreOS, which deploys, manages, and secures software containers. Others participants included Intel Capital and existing investors Accel, Fuel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Y Combinator Continuity Fund. CoreOS’s total funding to date is $48 million. Press Release In validation that hyperscale, container-enabled infrastructure will lead the next computing phase of enterprise companies, CoreOS, Inc. today announce...
Tags: Google, Europe, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Trends, Intel, United States, Google Ventures, Kpcb, Idc, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, San Francisco New York, Clair, Google Facebook and Twitter


Why adopt a mobile-first development strategy?

“We think mobile first,” stated Macy’s chief financial officer Karen Hoguet, in a recent earnings call with financial analysts. A quick glance at the US department store chain’s 2015 financial results explains why mobile technologies might be occupying minds and getting top priority there. Sales made by shoppers over mobile devices were a definite bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year for the company. Mobile revenues more than doubled, in fact, thanks to big increases in the number of s...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Feature, Macys, US, Samsung, Blog, Barcelona, Silicon Valley, Eric Schmidt, Canary, Mobile World Congress, Mary Meeker, Inmobi


Did You Know That In 2016 Your Next Hire Must Be a Designer?

In businesses these days, software design is emphasized more than the development of the software itself. Design is in high demand across all industries because of both its technical results and the mentality and process behind it, a form of design-thinking if you will, that breeds innovation, growth, and, ultimately, success. To give that rather bold statement some context, consider the fact that design has actually been at the forefront of public discussion since 1975, when design surpassed bo...
Tags: United States, New York Times, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Oxford University Press, Ellie Martin, In Fast Company, Peter Nilsson, KCPB


Ring raises $61.2 mln Series C from Kleiner Perkins, Richard Branson

Home security company Ring, which makes smart video doorbells, raised $61.2 million in a Series C funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation from existing investor Sir Richard Branson. PRESS RELEASE SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ring, the leader in outdoor home security, today announced its newest smart security device, RingTM Video Doorbell Pro, a premium, compact Wi-Fi video doorbell. The company now has the largest line of smart, outdoor security products ...
Tags: Beijing, United States, Richard Branson, Usa Today, Kpcb, Mary Meeker, Ring, Jamie, Cam, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, VC Deals, Jamie Siminoff, Kleiner Perkins Richard Branson, Sir Richard Branson Founder of Virgin Group, Amazon Electronic Arts Genentech Google


ARMO BioSciences fetches $50 mln Series C

ARMO BioSciences has closed $50 million in Series C funding. The investors included Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, OrbiMed, DAG Ventures, NanoDimension, HBM Healthcare Investments, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Celgene Corporation, Industrial Investors Group and certain private investment funds advised by Clough Capital Partners LP. Based in Redwood City, Calif., ARMO BioSciences develops immunotherapies that treat cancer, fibrosis, hypercholesterolemia/atherosclerosis and inflammatory disea...
Tags: Kpcb, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, beth Seidenberg, RCC, CRC, NSCLC, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Celgene Corp, Redwood City Calif, VC Deals, PDAC, ARMO BioSciences, Clough Capital Partners, DAG Ventures, GV, HBM Healthcare Investments


Kleiner Perkins leads $10.5 mln Series A for Handshake

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led a $10.5 million Series A round of financing for Handshake, a college career network. Returning investors True Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners participated in the funding along with new backer Lowercase Capital. As part of the funding, Eric Feng, general partner at Kleiner Perkins, will join Handshake’s board of directors. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Handshake, the college career network built to transform the recruiting experience for...
Tags: Chicago, Silicon Valley, Michigan, Hulu, True Ventures, Detroit, Kpcb, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Flipboard, Kleiner Perkins, Cto, Michigan Tech, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Eastern Michigan University, San Francisco Calif


Looker Analytics Platform Scores $48 Million Led By Kleiner Perkins

 Looker is trying to simplify the way companies use analytics and today it announced $48 million in Series C funding to continue the mission. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Previous investors Redpoint Ventures, Meritech and Sapphire Ventures also participated. This round doubles their total raised to date to $96 million. This funding round comes less than… Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Kleiner Perkins, Sapphire Ventures, Looker, Redpoint Ventures Meritech, Looker Analytics Platform Scores, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB


M.D. Turned VC Beth Seidenberg To Talk Biotech Startups At Disrupt SF

 Beth Seidenberg is a licensed physician immunologist who helped bring drugs like the asthma drug Singulair and the pain medication Vioxx to market before turning to venture capitalism. As a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), she’s helped develop companies that led to some pretty sizable exits, and we’re thrilled to announce that Seidenberg will be talking with… Read More
Tags: TC, Asthma, Pain, Kpcb, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, beth Seidenberg, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Seidenberg