CEO Bi-Weekly Summary | 06.18.2021

Hi everyone.

We did it. We came, we conquered, we CEO-summited. We hope you did too and enjoyed the presentations, lively discussions, and good fun. Please share your feedback via our post-summit survey. Be on the lookout for this as well as the summit’s recorded panels (to be circulated soon).

Halfway through June marks halfway through the year and the beginning of summer. Some of us will be taking sabbaticals in the mountains, some are turning to flyfishing for pre-fundraise energy, and others are moving into new homes. It will be a jam-packed summer, and we’re looking forward to catching our collective breath before the fall.

As always, below is a recap of the key CEO threads, Don’s corner, “perk of the week,” as well as a preview of what’s on tap.

 Until then, be well and kind to one another.

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

COMING UP

We’re not done summiting!

Save the date: Foundry Group’s 6th Semiannual CEO Summit.

Oct. 10 – 13 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

  • Dates: 
    • Sun. Oct. 10 (check-in is at 4pm/MT. Welcome Reception kicks off at 7pm/MT).
    • Wed. Oct 13 (check-out is at 11am/MT. Events will continue until around 2pm/MT).

  • Flight recommendations: Arrive at Denver airport between 2-4pm/MT on 10/10; leave between 5-7pm/MT on 10/13.

  • Travel FYIs: 
    • Devil’s Thumb is a 2-hour drive from the Denver airport. CEOs are responsible for providing their own flight/ground/hotel accommodations. Please plan accordingly and allow for enough time to travel to and from the airport. 
    • Foundry is currently looking into car service options and will have an update in the next newsletter.

  • Rooms: Foundry has reserved a room block at a discounted rate for CEOs; book ASAP as rooms will go fast!

  • Vaccination Guidelines: 
    • We are kindly requesting that if you are not vaccinated, please do not join us at the resort and instead, join us virtually.
    • Current vaccination guidelines can be found here.

  • To book your room, please contact the Reservations Department directly at 970-726-7000 and refer to “Foundry Group” as the group event. The best times to reach the staff are between 9am-6pm/MT.

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

Pledge 1%

Our Partner, Seth Levine, was mentioned in Pledge 1%’s Boardroom Allies announcement

Looking Glass Factory

Our friends at Looking Glass gave an update on its much-anticipated Portrait

Landing

Our friends at Landing are moving from San Francisco to Alabama

iContact

Moz Was Acquired by iContact Marketing Corp

HBCUvc

HBCUvc Welcomes its Largest Summer Cohort

DON'S CORNER

Corp Dev: Don Loeb

Headlands West Advisory

Please email Don if you’re interested in talking about any of these companies/people, especially those scheduled for the
next couple of weeks.

Highlights include the CEO of Dapper Labs CEO, Director of Sustainability for Airbnb, and
the head of commerce partnerships at
Tiktok.

Microsoft

Sr Director Azure / AI Strategy

Farfetch

Innovation Principal

Engine Media

Chief Product Officer

Discover

CMO

Snap

Corporate Strategy & Development

Issuu

CEO

Google

VP Product & Advisor

Sundance

Chief Curator, New Frontier

Roblox

Chief of Staff CEO, Head of CorpDev

Atlassian

Director CorpDev

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

Dapper Labs

CEO

Airbnb

Director, Sustainability

Outbrain

SVP Strategy

ex-Google

former VP Product and GV Partner

Google

Director CorpDev (Consumer, Search, AI)

Tiktok

Global Commerce Partnerships Director

Intuit (Mint)

Sr BD and Strategic Partnerships

Schneider Electric (Ventures)

GP

Hopin

Senior Counsel

FOUNDRY THOUGHTS
AND UPDATES

Twitter Spaces and Nietzsche

by Brad Feld

The Power of Giving Away Power

by Seth Levine

Investment vs. Speculation

by Brad Feld

Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams

by Brad Feld

Why Philosophy and Entrepreneurship?

by Brad Feld

Summer Vacation

by Brad Feld

PERK OF
THE WEEK

Who: Freshworks for startups

What: Supercharge your startup with a fresh approach to customer engagement.

Perk: Apply to get up to $10,000 in credits on Freshworks suite, mentorship, VC connects, resources & much more with the custom Foundry Group network link; priority access to Freshworks startup program including, events, resources, workshops, and much more.

About: Freshworks is one of the fastest-growing unicorns backed by Google Capital, Accel, Sequoia, Tiger Global with $400M funding, valued at $3.5Bn+. They’re a leading maker of cloud-based customer and employee engagement software based in San Mateo, California. Trusted by 250,000+ businesses across 150 countries, companies such as Honda, Cisco, Netflix, Zoom, Klarna, Get Your Guide, and TeamViewer use Freshworks.

Questions: please write to startup@freshworks.com

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