Realistic Optimists

I am not sure who to credit for this saying, but I love it: “pessimists sound smart, optimists make money.” Venture capital is an industry for optimists. It is about betting on the potential, on underdogs, on progress. We consider what a company can become, not simply what it is today. That requires a belief…More

Thank you, Jeremy Levine

Ten years ago, I landed a college internship at Bessemer. That led to a full time job and launched my career as a venture capitalist. As I look back, I can’t imagine where I would be without people taking bets on me – from founders that said “yes” and bet on me as a young,…More

Scandals in a Male Dominated Silicon Valley

The recent Ellen Pao–Kleiner Perkins scandal has brought much needed attention to the gender gap in technology and venture capital. The media attention and debate surrounding the lawsuit has opened up a dialogue that often remains hidden and overlooked, particularly in this field. But the gender unbalance is unmistakable. A recent report reveals that women make up a…More