Interviewee: Michael Cardamone, Managing Director at Acceleprise San Francisco
Interviewer: Jorge Soto, Host at Sotoventures
“Great leadership begins with great compassion.”
BIO: Tomasz Tunguz is a Partner at Silicon Valley based Redpoint Ventures . Tom blogs at www.tomtunguz.com and is super active on social media. Tom is also a well known public speaker and thought leader within the software-as-a-service (“saas”) space.
Partner at Redpoint
My Comments: I follow Tomasz across all social channels and his content around SaaS metrics are awesome. His content is very data-driven and super helpful for early stage founders.
General Partner at Storm Ventures
My Comments: Jason is an entrepreneur turned VC who speaks from his first hand experience. His SaaStr organization is on fire and has been evangelizing SaaS through his blog and now events around the globe.
General Partner at Meritech Capital
My Comments: Max is a former Kleiner Perkins guy who is now the youngest partner at Meritech Capital and is simply brilliant. He is an up and coming VC who understands this world better than most.
Partner at First Round Capital
Follow on the First Round Review – *Shout out to Camille Ricketts, for running such a beautiful blog.
My Comments: Jim is known for his thoughtful speeches and advice to entrepreneurs. The First Round Review is if not the most beautiful VC blog out there, definitely top 3.
For you who are not familiar Palo Alto, CA is where companies like facebook, Survey Monkey and so many others were founded.
Accel Partners is well known for their investments in Atlassian, facebook, DropBox, Kayak, Spotify, and other great companies. Accel runs a very innovative EIR program that yielded well-known companies like Cloudera, which provides Apache Hadoop-based software.
I first met Rich Wong in 2010 when he invested into MoPub’s seed round, along with Michael Dearing of Harrison Metal. Rich was a very, very active member of the board, but more importantly he was deeply involved with the leadership and cared alot about our business’s success.
I think for me, the most important quality that Rich has is his loyalty and friendship. Even now, 2 years after the acquisition, Rich is an email away and is still super supportive.
We were recently discussing topics like:
- What tips would he give an early stage founder when looking to raise VC?
- Is there such thing as a “bad space” to launch a startup within or around?
- What attributes he has been able to identify that successful companies tend to display?
Emergence Capital is a well known Silicon Valley venture capital firm that focuses on Cloud and Saas investments. They are well known for their investments in Salesforce.com, Box, SuccessFactors, Yammer and many others. Follow Emergence on Twitter.
I first met Kevin Spain in 2011 when I was working on a b2b saas startup. We’ve actively kept in touch over the years and recently caught up to discuss current and future trends in saas, startups, and venture investing.