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A top Silicon Valley VC thinks a massive shift to remote work could kill the commute —and launch the beginning of a boom in productivity

Mayfield managing director Navin Chaddha told Business Insider that the months of sheltering in place in California's Bay Area have been some of the most productive of his professional career. He credits the change to ditching his lengthy morning commute and time spent shuttling between Mayfield's office and various meetings in San Francisco. He said he has started taking socially distant hikes and walks with founders and firm partners in Silicon Valley's South Bay as a safe way to build and m...
Tags: California, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Bay Area, South Bay, Mayfield, South Bay Area, Teslas, West Valley College, Navin Chaddha, Silicon Valley VC, Los Gatos Trail, Chaddha, Silicon Valley Chaddha


Here are the 9 health-tech startups that got coronavirus stimulus loans to keep workers employed during the pandemic

The Paycheck Protection Program, created by Congress as part of a $2 trillion coronavirus bailout, helped small businesses stay afloat as they struggled economically during the pandemic.  Businesses were allowed to qualify for up to $10 million in loans.  On Monday, the Trump administration released the list of companies that borrowed most of the money. We spotted some applications from health-tech companies among their ranks, many of which are backed by venture capital firms.  Companies that ...
Tags: Congress, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, PPP, Khosla Ventures, Lumos, Zocdoc, Business Insider, Nomad, Sparks, Trump, HealthTap, Small Business Administration, SBA, Mayfield, Sarasota Florida


SUSE acquires Kubernetes management platform Rancher Labs

SUSE, which describes itself as ‘the world’s largest independent open source company,’ today announced that it has acquired Rancher Labs, a company that has long focused on making it easier for enterprises to make their container clusters. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition, but Rancher was well funded, with a total of $95 million in investments. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s only been a few months since the company announced its $40 million Series D round led...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Computing, Linux, Free Software, Leader, Nexus Venture Partners, Kubernetes, Suse, Cloud Infrastructure, Mayfield, Rancher Labs


A customer-training startup founded by a former Amazon employee is having its 'Zoom moment' during the pandemic as its usage increases by 5 times

Sandi Lin started Skilljar after spending years nearly four years at Amazon because she wanted to find a way to improve customer interactions.  Her company makes a customizable customer-training platform for software companies and has signed on big clients, like Tableau, Verizon, and Zendesk.  It's seeing demand skyrocket in the remote-work era as companies quickly look to connect with customers digitally, and having what one of its investors calls its "Zoom moment."  Online education and trai...
Tags: Amazon, Verizon, Trends, Lin, Mayfield, john Stanton, Batra, Rajeev Batra, Skilljar, Sandi Lin, Business Insider Skilljar, Aashish Dhamdhere Skilljar


A customer training startup founded by a former Amazon employee is having its 'Zoom moment' during the pandemic as its usage increases 5x

Sandi Lin started Skilljar after spending years nearly four years at Amazon because she wanted to find a way to improve customer interactions.  Her company makes a customizable customer training platform for software companies and has signed on big customers like Tableau, Verizon, and Zendesk.  It's seeing demand skyrocket in the remote work era as companies are quickly looking to connect with customers digitally, and is having what one of its investors calls its "Zoom moment."  Online educati...
Tags: Amazon, Verizon, Trends, Lin, Mayfield, john Stanton, Batra, Skilljar, Sandi Lin, Business Insider Skilljar, Aashish Dhamdhere Skilljar, Ravjeev Batra


Baker Mayfield: If I lose fans for kneeling, that’s OK

Baker Mayfield's offseason motto was "moving in silence." But after the death of George Floyd on May 25, followed by nationwide protests, the Browns quarterback is speaking out. Loudly. And, frankly, he doesn't care what anybody thinks. Mayfield expanded on his earlier Instagram post after receiving flak from some fans for vowing to kneel for [more]
Tags: News, Instagram, Sports, Browns, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, George Floyd


The Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 21: Baker Mayfield

After a rookie season that put him close to the category of franchise quarterback, Baker Mayfield regressed to the lower reaches of the middle of the pack. Mayfield comes in at No. 21, down four spots from last year. The first pick in the 2018 draft arguably could have been higher in 2019. He easily [more]
Tags: News, Sports, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Simms


“The Urban Bride” Modern Wedding Styling Ideas

The City issue is all about embracing the urban streets. Embracing the time-worn brick walls, the asphalt, the pavement- oven the potholes! And exploring how, this facade can actually be the most beautiful setting for a wedding. And so with that, we’re diving into modern, stunning bridal style ideas thanks to a Newcastle dream team. Photographer Little Black Bow Photography taking to the industrial area behind co-working space The Wedding Social Co in Mayfield, to create s special urban magic. C...
Tags: Wedding, Newcastle, Bride, Mayfield, Bridal Fashion, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration, Australia - New South Wales, The City Issue, Photographer Little Black Bow Photography, Wedding Social Co


Browns QB Mayfield ready for 'big year', but under no added pressure

Looking ahead to his third NFL season, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield will not add any more pressure on himself.
Tags: News, Sports, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Browns, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield


Quieter Mayfield knows Year 3 vital for him after rough '19

Baker Mayfield went back to his roots during this strange offseason, a time he's used to reflect and forget a season that didn't go well for the Browns' brash quarterback. Neither is his NFL career, and Mayfield's spent the past two months trying to get it back on the proverbial fairway. After an electrifying rookie season, he regressed significantly with Cleveland.
Tags: News, Sports, NFL, Browns, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Quieter Mayfield


Baker Mayfield changes offseason approach by “moving in silence”

Immediately after the 2019 season, Baker Mayfield vowed to talk less this season. He has done just that this offseason and reiterated Wednesday that his play will do his talking for him in 2020. "There's no need to be talking about it," Mayfield told beat reporters in a conference call, via Mary Kay Cabot of [more]
Tags: News, Sports, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Mary Kay Cabot


Baker Mayfield: Year 3 is a big year for contracts

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield knows he'll be richly rewarded if he can play up to his potential in 2020. That's because 2020 is Mayfield's third season, and NFL players can renegotiate their contracts after the third year of their rookie deals. "There's no doubt that Year 3 is always a big year with these contracts, [more]
Tags: News, Sports, NFL, Browns, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield


How Oracle-rival startup Couchbase raised $105 million during a pandemic by being brutally honest with investors

Database startup Couchbase, an upstart rival to giants like Oracle and Microsoft, closed a $105 million round of venture funding, it said on Wednesday. CEO Matt Cain described a wild couple of months to land this funding in the middle of a pandemic, filled with 20-hour days on the phone and twice-a-day, hour-long exercise workouts to relieve stress. Cain is a first-time CEO, so not only was this his first time on the venture capital pitch circuit, it was all done while in lockdown, during an e...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Gartner, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Cain, PitchBook, Mayfield, Matt Cain, Julie Bort, Couchbase, Amazon Google Microsoft, GPI Capital


Couchbase raises $105M Series G funding round

Couchbase. the Santa Clara-based company behind the eponymous NoSQL cloud database service, today announced that it has raised a $105 million all-equity Series G round “to expand product development and global go-to-market capabilities.” The oversubscribed round was led by GPI Capital, with participation from existing investors Accel, Sorenson Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners, Glynn Capital, Adams Street Partners and Mayfield. With this, the company has now raised a total of $251 ...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Pinterest, Microsoft, Tech, Aol, Aws, Santa Clara, Databases, Data Management, Accel, North Bridge Venture Partners, Crunchbase, Adams Street Partners, Mayfield, Matt Cain


There are early signs that VC investors are backing out of their cash commitments, and it could break one of the industry's 'cardinal rules' and force funds to shrink

Venture industry experts see growing signals that some venture fund investors may renege on their commitments to send in the cash they promised. Venture funds typically have little cash on hand; when the fund managers need money for investments or other reasons, they issue capital calls to their investors, the limited partners. The terms of the partnership agreements require limited partners to pony up money when asked, or face onerous penalties if they don't. But at least some limited partner...
Tags: Trends, Startup, Silicon Valley, Couch, Goodwin, Beaudoin, Cooley, Fenwick West, Mayfield, Dailey, Venture, Bryan Roberts, Peter Adams, Probitas Partners, Richard Couch, Diablo Management Group


Venture capital funds may quietly shrink during the coronavirus crisis if their investors back out of their cash commitments. Experts are spotting early signs of that danger.

Venture industry experts see growing signals that some venture fund investors may renege on their commitments to send in the cash they promised. Venture funds typically have little cash on hand; when the fund managers need money for investments or other reasons, they issue capital calls to their investors, the limited partners. The terms of the partnership agreements require limited partners to pony up money when asked, or face onerous penalties if they don't. But at least some limited partne...
Tags: Trends, Startup, Silicon Valley, Couch, Goodwin, Beaudoin, Cooley, Fenwick West, Mayfield, Dailey, Venture, Bryan Roberts, Peter Adams, Probitas Partners, Richard Couch, Diablo Management Group


Baker Mayfield: We’re putting the right pieces together

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn't gotten a chance to work with the team's new additions in person yet because of the move to a virtual offseason program amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but he likes what he's seen thus far. Mayfield said that every interaction he's had with new head coach Kevin Stefanski "has been great" [more]
Tags: News, Sports, Browns, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Kevin Stefanski


A startup that helps marketing and sales teams automatically send gifts and snail mail to customers and clients just raised $9 million

Postal.io wants to automate physical marketing and communication in the same way digital marketing has been automated. The company just launched with a $9 million Series A funding round led by venture firm Mayfield. Cofounder Erik Kostelnik said that he came up with the idea because he noticed during his decade in sales that companies were still sending physical notes and gifts as part of the relationship building process, yet there weren't any tools to simplify or keep track of the process.  ...
Tags: Adobe, Trends, Mayfield, San Luis Obispo California, Danner, Postal, Rajeev Batra, Erik Kostelnik, Kostelnik, Jed Danner


How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting buzzy startups, from Rent the Runway to Peloton

Funding was already drying up for some Silicon Valley startups when the coronavirus hit, threatening their wild growth. Some are now shutting down, laying off staff, or drastically changing their marketing plans. Here are all the ways startups from Peloton to Convene are being impacted. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley startups were already seeing investors tap the breaks after a series of black eyes for high-profile companies like WeWork and Peloton when the...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Softbank, Digital, Trends, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Victoria, WeWork, Coca Cola, Rhone, Mayfield, Peloton, Bandier, Greycroft Menlo Ventures, WeWork Uber


Kevin Stefanski: We’re going to keep our thumb on Baker Mayfield

During a radio interview on Tuesday, Browns General Manager Andrew Berry said that "circumstance and environment" contributed to quarterback Baker Mayfield falling short of expectations last season and that he is confident that the team has improved those things heading into Mayfield's third NFL season. Any improvement on those fronts is tied to the change [more]
Tags: News, Sports, NFL, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Andrew Berry, Kevin Stefanski


Browns draft picks 2020: All of Cleveland’s selections, full NFL Draft results, team order

The Cleveland Browns add to the protection of QB Baker Mayfield by selecting tackle Jedrick Wills with the No. 10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Wills allowed only one sack on 714 snaps last season as right tackle at Alabama, but may have to make the switch to left tackle to protect Mayfield's blind
Tags: News, Sports, Alabama, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Cleveland, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Jedrick Wills, NFL Draft Wills


Browns draft picks 2020: Cleveland’s Round 4-7 selections, full NFL Draft results, order

The Cleveland Browns add to the protection of QB Baker Mayfield by selecting tackle Jedrick Wills with the No. 10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Wills allowed only one sack on 714 snaps last season as right tackle at Alabama, but may have to make the switch to left tackle to protect Mayfield's blind
Tags: News, Sports, Alabama, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Cleveland, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Jedrick Wills, NFL Draft Wills


Browns draft picks 2020: Cleveland’s Round 4-7 selections, full NFL Draft results

The Cleveland Browns add to the protection of QB Baker Mayfield by selecting tackle Jedrick Wills with the No. 10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Wills allowed only one sack on 714 snaps last season as right tackle at Alabama, but may have to make the switch to left tackle to protect Mayfield's blind
Tags: News, Sports, Alabama, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Cleveland, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Jedrick Wills, NFL Draft Wills


Mayfield raises $750 million across two funds

Silicon Valley mainstay the Mayfield Fund has raised $750 million across two new funds, the firm said today. The venture capital firm said its Mayfield XVI will continue to invest in early-stage companies, while its Mayfield Select II will invest in later-stage rounds of breakout portfolio companies. One difference in the new Select fund will be its ability to invest in growth-stage companies outside of its portfolio.  Navin Chaddha In its blog post announcing the new funds, Mayfield ma...
Tags: TC, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Navin Chaddha, Mayfield Fund, Chaddha, Mammoth Biosciences, Mayfield XVI, Lyft Marketo ServiceMax


Take a Look as the Original Concept Art for The Mandalorian Comes to Life

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Take a Look as the Original Concept Art for The Mandalorian Comes to Life The official Star Wars Instagram account has shared three new original concept art pieces for The Mandalorian, including short videos for each so fans can see the art come to life in the live-action Disney+ series. You can check out the post and the art (from Ryan Church and Christian Alzmann) below!   View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: TV, Disney, Disney Plus, Star Wars, The Mandalorian, TV News


Star Wars Black Series Line To Feature Mandalorian Beskar Armor & More!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Star Wars Black Series line to feature Mandalorian Beskar Armor & more! To celebrate Star Wars Fan Appreciation Day last week, Hasbro has unveiled a new group of expansion figures in the Black Series line, including The Mandalorian in his Beskar armor, the iconic Admiral Ackbar and more! The full group of collectibles can be viewed in the gallery below! (Via Slash Film) RELATED: The Mandalorian’s The Child Coming Home Thanks to Hot Toys! In addition to the Pedro Pascal...
Tags: Amazon, Star Wars, TV, Movies, TV News, Hasbro, Jon Favreau, Extras, Boba Fett, New Republic, Carl Weathers, Mayfield, Giancarlo Esposito, Pedro Pascal, Jango, Bill Burr


How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting buzzy startups, from Peloton to ThirdLove

Funding was already drying up for some Silicon Valley startups when the coronavirus hit, threatening their wild growth. Some are now shutting down, laying off staff, or drastically changing their marketing plans. Here are all the ways startups from Peloton to Convene are being impacted. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley startups were already seeing investors tap the breaks after a series of black eyes for high-profile companies like WeWork and Peloton when the...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Softbank, Digital, Trends, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Victoria, WeWork, Coca Cola, Trump, Mayfield, Peloton, Greycroft Menlo Ventures, WeWork Uber


RUMOR: Jamie Lee Curtis to Appear in The Mandalorian Season 2?

BEGIN SLIDESHOW RUMOR: Jamie Lee Curtis to Appear in The Mandalorian Season 2? There’s a rumor spreading from MakingStarWars.net that Jamie Lee Curtis was spotted on The Mandalorian Season 2 set and could be making an appearance on the Disney+ live-action Star Wars series. No sources have confirmed the rumor, but the site has shared that Curtis was either “there for a set visit” or could possibly “have a role in the series” due to their reporting of her being around “multiple times.” RELA...
Tags: Amazon, Star Wars, TV, Movies, Disney, TV News, Streaming, Jon Favreau, Jamie Lee Curtis, New Republic, Curtis, Carl Weathers, Mayfield, Giancarlo Esposito, Jango, Bill Burr


Bill Burr Reprising Mayfield Character in The Mandalorian Season 2

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Bill Burr Reprising Mayfield Character in The Mandalorian Season 2 Deadline is reporting that Bill Burr will be returning as Imperial sharpshooter-turned-mercenary Mayfield in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. In the first season, Mayfield worked with Mando on a job before ultimately betraying him. Gina Carano and Carl Weathers will also be reprising their roles in the second season, which is set to launch this October. RELATED: The Terminator’s Michael Biehn Joins The Mandalor...
Tags: Amazon, Star Wars, TV, Movies, Disney, TV News, Streaming, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, New Republic, Imperial, Carl Weathers, Mayfield, Giancarlo Esposito, Jango, Bill Burr


Austin Hooper: Playing against Baker Mayfield helped sell me on coming to Cleveland

When Baker Mayfield threw three touchdowns passes in the Browns' 28-16 win over the Falcons in Week 10 of the 2018 season, there wasn't much thought about what it might mean for Austin Hooper's future. As it turns out, Mayfield's big day made a big impression on the then-Falcons tight end. Hooper signed with the [more]
Tags: News, Sports, Cleveland, Browns, Falcons, Hooper, Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Austin Hooper