CEO Bi-Weekly Summary | 07.02.2021

Hi everyone.

We’re all gearing up for the July 4th weekend and we hope you are too. Whether you’re traveling, grilling outside, or just taking some time off, gather safely. In the spirit of America’s birthday, did you know that food can be patriotic?

The start of Q3 is a great time to provide some friendly #FoundryFamily reminders about the data & resources for our network, namely:

Internal Resources:

  • Venture Debt Survey: our new survey hit the inboxes of our CFOs last week. View current anonymized results here. Get counted!
  • Talent: We’ve added 20+ new candidates to our Talent Network database. Backgrounds include CFO, Recruiting, Engineering, Product, and more. View the entire list here (pass: FoundryFamily!); feel free to reach out directly to anyone in our network and keep us posted if a match is made.

External Resources:

  • OpenView’s 2021 Financial + Operating Benchmarks Survey kicked off and can be found HERE. The deadline is July 9th.
  • VCECS 2021 SURVEY is also underway. The deadline is July 23.

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

Event Reminder!

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).
  • 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

Whoop

Congratulations to Whoop’s Will Ahmed for being named to the #SBJFortyUnder40 Class of 2021 and for winning this year’s #SBJAwardsBest in Sports Technology!

Your Startup Community

Check out the latest podcast from the Techstars Podcast Network, Your Startup Community, which takes a deep dive into what it takes to build a thriving startup community with hosts Brad Feld, Ian Hathaway and Chris Heivly.

Integrate

Integrate’s Jeremy Bloom reflects on Supreme Court’s NCAA decision.

West Slope Startup Week

The third annual West Slope Startup Week runs from July 12-16. This year’s Kickoff Event will feature Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride, authors of “The New Builders”. Register here.

Golden Ventures

Lindel Eakman quoted in The Globe and Mail discussing Golden Ventures’ double fund close.

Sensu

Sumo Logic acquires Portland open source cloud monitoring startup Sensu. Congrats to Caleb and Sean and the rest of team Sensu!

Social Leverage Capital

Social Leverage Capital (Howard Lindzon) closed its fourth seed-stage fund.

Xometry

Xometry (NASDAQ:XMTR) IPO’d on Wednesday June 30. Congrats Randy and everyone at Xometry on this amazing milestone!

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.

Foursquare

SVP Product

Facebook

CorpDev (Commerce, Payments, Facebook Reality Labs)

Taboola

Director CorpDev

Outbrain

SVP Strategy

Microsoft

Sr Director Azure / AI Strategy

Snap

Corporate Strategy & Development

Google

VP Product

Discover

CMO

Dapper Labs

CEO

ex-Google

former VP Product and GV Partner

Google

Director CorpDev (Commerce/Payments, Search, AI, Maps, EdTech)

Tiktok

Global Commerce Partnerships Director

Intuit (Mint)

Sr BD and Strategic Partnerships

Schneider Electric (Ventures)

GP

Hopin

Senior Counsel

Koji

CEO

Issuu

CEO

Google

Head of VC Partnerships, Google Cloud, Americas

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

Airbnb

Director, Sustainability

Engine Media

Chief Product Officer

Twitter

Senior Product Manager (Founder of Revue)

IDEO

Managing Director

FOUNDRY THOUGHTS
AND UPDATES

The Power of Giving Away Power

by Seth Levine

Our Investment in Mandolin

by Ryan McIntyre

Our Investment in Deduce

by Lindel Eakman

PERK OF
THE WEEK

Who: Bolster

What: We have partnered with our friends at Bolster to make connecting executive talent with our portfolio companies as easy as possible!

Perk: They are offering 50% off board searches and 30% off marketplace fees if you mention us or “FOUNDRY2021” when finalizing an engagement.

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