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B2B a CEO (with Ashu Garg)
47 minutes | 8 days ago
How to Go From Idea to IPO (George Kurtz & Michelle Zatlyn)
In this session from our FC BUILD conference, Ashu interviews two billion-dollar founders. When it comes to scaling management, engineering culture, and anticipating future markets, Cloudflare COO Michelle Zatlyn and CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz are the ones to ask. Each shares a bit about their respective company’s journeys — plus, George explains how a company is like a race car!
37 minutes | 21 days ago
How to Grow as a CEO (Tien Tzuo and Edith Harbaugh)
In this installment of our FC BUILD series, my partner Steve Vassallo talks with Edith Harbaugh, co-founder and CEO of LaunchDarkly, and Tien Tzuo, co-founder and CEO of Zuora. Both former engineers, Edith and Tien offer advice for building a startup, discuss scaling in the time of virtual work, and dissect the art of managing others and themselves.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Commercialize Open Source (Ali Ghodsi, Co-Founder & CEO of Databricks)
In this discussion from our recent enterprise conference FC BUILD, Ashu interviews Databricks founder and CEO Ali Ghodsi. A rather unconventional company, Databricks began as an open-source project at UC Berkeley that moved into the commercial space after the team realized its impact. Ali and Ashu discuss commercializing an open-source project, identifying product-market fit, and optimizing go-to-market.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
How to Manage on the Edge of Chaos (Reed Hastings, CEO & Co-Founder of Netflix)
This is a special episode of B2B a CEO. Last month, Foundation Capital held a special event for all of our CEOs. We hosted a conversation with Foundation’s most illustrious CEO, Reed Hastings, the CEO and cofounder of Netflix. General Partner Steve Vassallo and General Partner Emeritus Mike Schuh interviewed Reed about his new book, No Rules Rules. Reed discusses the evolution of Netflix, and what he’s learned over the decades about how to build a high-performance culture. He also shares a few stories from back in the day. https://foundationcapital.com/how-to-manage-on-the-edge-of-chaos/
48 minutes | 3 months ago
How to Build a Snowflake (Frank Slootman, Chairman & CEO of Snowflake)
From FC BUILD, our recent enterprise conference, Foundation Capital General Partner Joanne Chen interviews Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman. On the heels of his third major IPO, Frank discusses performance culture, scaling, and the future of data.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
How to Sell Yourself, Your Startup, and Your Product (Edith Harbaugh, CEO & CoFounder of LaunchDarkly)
On this episode, Ashu interviews Edith Harbaugh, co-founder and CEO of feature management platform LaunchDarkly. They discuss what it takes to leap from an established job to pursue an idea, and how to tackle the woes of fundraising. Edith and Ashu spend the lion’s share of the conversation on the all-important topic of sales. How to sell yourself, your company, and your product. And what to look for when you’re hiring a sales leader.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
How to Be an Anti-Racist CEO (Ralph Clark, President & CEO of ShotSpotter)
This episode’s guest is Ralph Clark, the president and CEO of ShotSpotter. Ralph has more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance and organizational leadership roles at IBM, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and several successful tech startups. He and Ashu talk about how executives and the tech industry can confront bias and systemic racism.
51 minutes | 10 months ago
How to Hate Losing (George Kurtz, Founder & CEO of Crowdstrike)
George Kurtz, the founder and CEO of Crowdstrike, the most successful cybersecurity company of the past decade, is the very special guest for this episode. George joins Ashu for in-depth conversation on everything from hiring, to board composition, to balancing a hybrid product-and-services model. George also gives specific advice for all you security founders listening.
43 minutes | a year ago
How to Go to Market (Ali Ghodsi, Co-Founder & CEO of Databricks)
On this episode, we have Ali Ghodsi, cofounder and CEO of Databricks, a cloud platform for massive scale data engineering and collaborative data science. For the first third of the podcast, Ali tells us the story of how a research project at the AMP Lab at UC Berkeley grew into Databricks. This will be of particular interest to anyone who wants to know how to commercialize open source. After that, Ali gives listeners a crash course on how to build an early stage go-to-market machine—from how and who to hire, to how to coordinate sales and marketing, to how to execute. It's a fantastic bootcamp for startup CEOs.
32 minutes | a year ago
How to Make Your CEO Dreams Come True (Mark Leslie, Managing General Partner at Leslie Ventures)
In part 2 of my interview with Mark Leslie, we dive deeper into his experience founding Veritas and leading it to become a Fortune 100 software company. We hear more about Mark’s eventual departure from his role as CEO to his current passion for teaching and investing.
48 minutes | a year ago
How to Get Through the Covid-19 Crisis (Various)
This special episode of the podcast is part oral history of when the plague came to Silicon Valley and part anthology of advice for startups dealing with the fallout of Covid-19. Five CEOs and one CFO, at companies ranging from early stage to public market, share their experiences of coping with the business impact of the pandemic and offer advice for how best to manage through the crisis. The guests for this episode are Mohit Aron, CEO at Cohesity; Andrew Feldman, CEO at Cerebras Systems; Jack Lazar, former CFO; Mark Leslie, retired CEO at Veritas Technologies; Jonathan Siddharth, CEO at Turing; and Derek Steer, CEO at Mode.
31 minutes | a year ago
How to Manage Your Board & Everything Else (Mark Leslie, Managing General Partner at Leslie Ventures)
Mark Leslie is the founder & CEO of Veritas Technology, a company he grew from an idea to a Fortune 100 powerhouse worth over $1B in revenue. My interview with Mark was so full of wisdom that we decided there was enough material for at least two episodes. In this first episode, I get into the weeds with Mark on topics ranging from how to manage your board, to pricing and sales, to annual planning. It’s a can’t-miss for all CEOs or CEO-hopefuls!
26 minutes | a year ago
How to Be Your Best CEO Self (Dane Holewinski, Startup Founder & CEO Coach at Decode)
For the first episode of the new year and new decade, a startup-founder-turned-CEO coach offers some guidance on being your best CEO self.
23 minutes | a year ago
How to Be a VC Jr. (Adi Garg & Ashu Garg)
This one is for you really, really early-stage founders. Fifth-grader Adi Garg interviews his dad about startups and venture capital and chocolate.
19 minutes | a year ago
How to Change the World (Ion Stoica, Executive Chairman & Former CEO of Databricks; & Co-Founder of Conviva)
Two-time founder/CEO, and Berkeley computer science professor, Ion Stoica chats with Ashu about what it means to have an impact and how to go from academic to entrepreneur.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Scale Sales (Sudheesh Nair and Ajeet Singh of ThoughtSpot)
Sudheesh Nair and Ajeet Singh discuss the tricky process of handing off the CEO baton. They also go deep on how to build a world-class sales organization.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Create a Mission-Driven Culture (Jennifer Tejada, CEO of PagerDuty)
Jennifer Tejada, CEO of PagerDuty, puts people and relationships at the forefront of her business strategy. In this episode of the podcast, she tells me what she’s learned as a two-time CEO and how important it is to create a good company culture with diverse talent.___ Jennifer Tejada joins PagerDutyhttps://www.pagerduty.com/newsroom/pagerduty-appoints-saas-industry-veteran-jennifer-tejada-as-ceo/PagerDuty’s IPOhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2019/04/11/pagerdutys-ipo-values-it-at-18-billion--heres-why-it-had-doubters-early-on/#492fc12632b3Jennifer rings the NYSE opening bellhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtRKFLOHXuUInclusivity as good business strategyhttps://www.inc.com/ryan-jenkins/here-are-benefits-of-inclusion-how-to-create-an-inclusive-culture.htmlhttps://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/delivering-through-diversity
28 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Manage Through Influence (Kevin Johnson, CEO of Udemy)
Kevin Johnson led two companies in very different stages of growth. Here’s how he did it and what he looks for in new hires.___Ratuken buys Ebateshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-ebates-m-a-rakuten/rakuten-says-to-buy-u-s-rebate-site-operator-ebates-for-1-billion-idUSKBN0H40JM20140909Kevin Johnson becomes CEO of Udemyhttps://about.udemy.com/press-releases/udemy-board-appoints-kevin-h-johnson-as-new-ceo/Managing through influencehttps://www.theladders.com/career-advice/how-to-lead-with-influence-instead-of-authority
37 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Plan for Success (Mohit Aron, Founder/CEO of Cohesity)
Two-time founder Mohit Aron tells me how blueprints and checklists can guide your startup in its earliest stages.___Mohit goes into more detail about his entry point frameworkhttps://rajeshsetty.com/2017/06/29/mohit-aron-evaluating-ideas/Cohesity is on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 listhttps://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/14/cohesity-2019-disruptor-50.htmlMore about Geoffrey Moore, creator of the “technology adoption life cycle”:http://www.geoffreyamoore.com/
36 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Hire and Fire (Burton Goldfield, CEO of TriNet)
Burton Goldfield tells me his CEO strategy: know the results you want and build your company towards achieving them.___TriNet goes publichttps://www.mercurynews.com/2014/03/27/san-leandro-trinet-ipo-gives-east-bay-a-new-1-billion-company/
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