CEO Bi-Weekly Summary | 08.27.2021

Hi everyone.

The news is unusually hard to watch right now. Locally, regionally, and internationally there is so much suffering.

In the spirit of keeping things positive, I’m sharing a source of some good news and reminding us that the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. This in addition to one very uplifting story about a family who was successfully evacuated out of Afghanistan, made my last few weeks. How about you?

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 Postponed

Foundry Group's 6th Semiannual CEO Summit (Retreat).

Dates TBD at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Updates: We are still working closely with our event organizer to pinpoint new dates and transfer rooms. We will have an announcement on or before Sept. 9th.

Dwight Yoakam & Molly Tuttle are streaming live via Mandolin.

Monday, 8/31

Purchase tickets here.

What Will Scale Mental Health Treatment?

Hear it from Meru Health’s Kristian Ranta during What’s Next for Health Care Virtual Event.

Virtual Event (9/7-9/10)

Register here.

An hour of critical thinking about creating a security aware culture.

Join Masha Sedova of Elevate Security for a special edition of the CISO Series Video Chat.

9/13 at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT

Register here.

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

Arryved

Arryved and Craftpeak integrate POS systems, ecommerce and on-premise services, syncing beer inventories in real-time

Elevate Security

Enterprise Security Magazine has recognized Elevate Security as a “Top 10 Startup” for 2021

HiHello

HiHello Introduces Support for Vaccine QR Codes

JumpCloud

Knock

Knock Expands Presence in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas to Empower More Homeowners to Buy Before They Sell

SingleFile

Spekit

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.

Apple

Head of Apple Home Services plus the full Energy team

Google (Youtube)

CorpDev

Wella

SVP CorpDev / BD

Updater

CPO + CEO + Head of Special Projects / CorpDev

Palmetto

Chief Development Officer and GC

Box

VP BD and CorpDev

Figma

VP BD

Walmart

New Ventures and Growth, plus entire Energy team

Slack Fund

Slack Fund

Grammarly

Former VP Product, now Advisor

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

Dapper Labs

CBO and Co-Founder

Berkeley Fund

Cal Fund

Medium

VP Medium Labs

Chaotic Capital

Managing Partner

Plaid

CorpDev / Strategy

Lemonade

Chief Business Development Officer

Discover Financial

Head of Corporate Strategy & Development

Farfetch

Innovation Principal

FOUNDRY THOUGHTS
AND UPDATES

Reflection of over 40 episodes of the Give First Podcast

By David Cohen and Brad Feld

Angel Invest Boston Podcast

by Brad Feld, “Nietzsche for Founders”

FOUNDRY TALENT NETWORK

View our list of vetted talent candidates in Foundry’s Talent Network.

(pass: FoundryFamily! — must manually type it in.)

Talent Spotlight: Erin Roeder.
She comes recommended via one of our Partners, Seth Levine via Bryan Leach from ibotta.

  • Position Desired: COO, GM, Operations, Customer Success
  • Location: Based in Denver, but is currently a remote employee (S. Cal)
  • Find her in the talent database or email us for an intro.

“ON-DEMAND” TALENT

Hot Freelance/Contract Tech Talent from our friends at 10x.

  • Dan Gerlanc – Senior data scientist & data engineer
  • Jeanette Woods – UX, mobile, branding, and responsive web design wiz
  • Louis Ye – React / Typescript / Javascript front-end expert
  • Matt Murphy – Full-Stack engineer with management experience, more recently into Blockchain technologies

For more information, please contact Sam Zeisler at sam@10xmanagement.com.

PERK OF
THE WEEK

Who: Builtfirst

What: Software perks and discounts for CEOs and their businesses.

Perk:

  • Nearly $1,000,000 in savings on must-have tools
  • No signup fees, membership dues, or hidden costs
  • Custom discounts and credits for specific companies and investors
  • More than 200 of the most widely-used SaaS tools available

About:

Hey, startup CEO! 👋 Want to get nearly $1m in software savings?

Foundry Group is partnering with Builtfirst to give founders, CEOs, and startups the tools they use at the price they want. Right now there is around $1m available in SaaS discounts.

There are no membership fees and everyone qualifies for discounts. CEOs need software, and Builtfirst is the place to secure the best deals available.

Simply sign up, find tools, and start saving big.

Contact: Tom Adler; tom@builtfirst.com for questions and support.

CEO Summit Postponement

As we look toward the second half of the year, we continue to grapple with questions surrounding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. One thing, however, is for certain: the health and safety of our network (and your families) are of utmost importance to us.

Due to the recent spike in cases around the U.S. and world, we have decided to postpone our CEO Summit from October to Spring, 2022. It will still take place at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, so if you’ve reserved your room already, we’ll simply move your reservation. If you’ve booked your flights, please contact your carrier to make arrangements. The new dates for the summit in the spring are still TBD, but we hope to determine this in the next few weeks. We apologize if this has caused any inconvenience.

In the meantime, we are busy planning other potential programming including regional/outdoor meet-ups and other digital content. We will send around another survey to gauge interest and to make the most out of the remainder of this year.

We want to thank those who have voiced their opinions and participated in the surveys and open dialogue surrounding this event and what is best for the network.

Foundry Group

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