CEO Bi-Weekly Summary | 09.10.2021

Hi everyone.

 

Summer is over and it’s back to school. This semester we’re expanding our class at Foundry and welcoming a new student. If you have not already, please give a warm welcome to our newest member of the investment team, Angeli Agrawal!

Angeli brings a great mixture of investing, enterprise tech, education, and healthcare experience to Foundry. She’s worked at Kapor Capital, Chingona Ventures (a Foundry partner fund), and Plug and Play Ventures and has an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. As an Investor at Foundry, Angeli will work closely with our partner funds and portfolio companies. We’re psyched to have her on the team.

 

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, Angeli, and Don

COMING UP

We have new dates!

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

Updates: The new dates for the event are
Sept. 19 – 22, 2022.

  • High-level Timeline: 
    • Monday, Sept. 19: CEOs land Monday morning-afternoon; welcome reception from
      7-9pm/MT
    • Tuesday, Sept. 20: Day 1 of programming; 9am-4pm/MT; dinner 6-9pm/MT
    • Wednesday, Sept. 21: Day 2 of programming; 9am-4pm/MT; dinner 6-9pm/MT
    • Thursday, Sept 22: Optional Half Day: Networking + Lunch 9am-1pm/MT; Check-Out
  • Rooms/Accommodations:
    • Update: Now that the new dates are secured, we’re working with the event staff to move over rooms that were already reserved. Once finalized, Rena will be in touch with each CEO.

  • Regional Geo-Dinners + Meet-Ups:
    • We’re also working on smaller, outdoor/regional events in key regions for our CEOs to meet locally between Q4, 2021 and leading up to our Summit in September, 2022. Stay tuned for locations and dates.

Join High Alpha for a fireside chat

Terminus Co-Founder Sangram Vajreand and High Alpha Partner Kristian Anderson preview themes from Sangram’s new book.

Wednesday, 9/15

Register here.

Join Bolster CEO, Matt Blumberg

Drip CEO, John Tedesco, talks about how he leveraged executive on-demand talent to scale-up Drip’s Marketing function to propel growth.

Wednesday, 9/15

Register here.

Join Amos Schwartzfarb and Brad Feld

Amos, Techstars Austin Managing Director, and Brad hold a discussion and AMA on Brad’s newest book.

Sept. 16th at 10am 11am MT / 12 noon CT

Register here.

High Alpha Innovation’s annual conference

They’ll cover radical new approaches to innovation and implementing world-changing ideas using the venture studio model.

Thursday, 10/07

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

Code Climate

Software engineering intelligence platform Code Climate raises $50M

ColdQuanta

ColdQuanta Hires CEO, Organizes into 3 Divisions

Bond

Bond’s Interchange Podcast: Gig Wage Is Giving 1099 Payments A Glow Up – Interview w/ Craig J. Lewis

Glowforge

Glowforge’s Dan Shapiro’s article in GeekWire: Good board members are easy to find. Great ones take work.

Landing

Meru Health

From the Meru Health Blog: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s time to raise awareness, help relieve the stigma and learn strategies on how we can help those around us who are suffering.

Molekule

Molekule Air Pro Gets Cleared By The FDA

Optimize Health

Optimize Health Announces Todd Haedrich as Chief Executive Officer

Suzy

Suzy Chief Customer Officer Katie Gross has been named one of the Most Important Marketing Tech Executives in 2021 by Business Insider

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.

Dapper Labs

CBO and Co-Founder plus others

Berkeley Fund

Cal Fund

Medium

VP Medium Labs

Plaid

CorpDev / Strategy

Lemonade

Chief Business Development Officer

Discover Financial

Head of Corporate Strategy & Development

Microsoft

Sr. Director, Corporate Strategy

Jumpcloud

Chief Strategy Officer

YC

President

Chime

Head of Corporate Strategy and Development

Atlassian

Head of Corporate Development

Outbrain

Gilad de Vries (plus team)

SVP Strategy and Corporate Development

Google

Staff Software Eng Manager, Project Starline

Google

VP Product, Area 120, Google for Startups

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

Chaotic Capital

Managing Partner

Farfetch

Innovation Principal

Zumper

COO

Salesforce

Director Corporate Development

Google

Area 120 Founder of Threadit

FOUNDRY THOUGHTS
AND UPDATES

PIVOT: The Unsung Innovators Behind American Small Business

With Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride

Downsides of a white hot economy – VC Adventure

By Seth Levine

Entrepreneur en Español: These will be the stars of the largest entrepreneurship festival in Latin America and Canada

Ft. Brad Feld

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: Lucas James Talent Partners

What:

  • Dedicated, hourly, flexible recruiting services
  • Ability to support companies hiring anywhere in the US and Canada
  • All Sr. level Recruiters companies and investors
  • Both Technical and Non-Technical Recruiters to support specific projects

Perk:

  • 5% discount on hourly rate through Foundry Group partnership
  • 40-60% savings compared to traditional recruiting services

About:

Foundry Group is partnering with Lucas James Talent Partners to give startups access to their world-class recruiting services. LJTP offers a unique hiring solution that is designed specifically to support rapid-growth technology companies from Seed to Exit. Unlike most recruiting firms that charge 20-25% placement fees per hire, LJTP’s hourly model is a much more cost-effective option in providing additional hiring bandwidth for companies growing in volume.

Contact: Nick Blackburn at nblackburn@lucasjamestalent.com for questions and to learn more.

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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