Greymatter offers perspectives and stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and business leaders. The featured company builders share personal and insightful lessons while shedding light on common, relatable challenges in the entrepreneurial journey. Greymatter is produced by Greylock Partners.
Asheem Chandna | Where Does AI Go Next?
Audio version of essay written by Greylock general partner Asheem Chandna for Forbes: "Where Does AI Go Next?"
Chandna and several AI experts weigh in on the potential value and risks as the technology expands.
Essay read by Greylock head of editorial Heather Mack.
You can read the essay on Forbes here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/asheemchandna/2022/05/31/where-does-ai-go-next/
You can also read the essay on the Greylock website here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/where-does-ai-go-next/
Magic Eden | The Community-Centric Marketplace
Greylock general partner Mike Duboe speaks with Zhuoxun Yin (Zedd) and Jack Lu, two of the co-founders of NFT marketplace Magic Eden. The company, which just raised its Series B round, provides a platform for people to discover, collect, and trade NFTs on the Solana ecosystem.
You can read a transcript of this episode here: https://greylock.com/portfolio-news/magic-eden/
HashiCorp CEO David McJannet | Powering the Multi-Cloud Paradigm
Greylock general partner Jerry Chen speaks with HashiCorp CEO David McJannet about the proliferation of cloud services that requires a multi-cloud approach.
Founded in 2012, HashiCorp is an provider of products that are foundational to mission-critical cloud applications and infrastructure. As such, the company has become an essential partner to numerous organizations ranging from startups to the Big 3 cloud providers. It is both a competitor and a collaborator, and is perhaps the best representation of the open-source, multi-cloud paradigm in which almost all companies now operate.
You can read a transcript of this interview here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/powering-the-multi-cloudparadigm/
You can find the entire Castles in the Cloud project here: https://greylock.com/castles/
Convoy | Transporting Innovation
Convoy CEO and co-founder Dan Lewis discusses the current shipping landscape and how his company is upgrading the long-antiquated trucking industry. Convoy, which has developed a platform that puts drivers, shipping companies, and freight brokers on the grid has allowed all parties to operate more efficiently, resulting in saved costs and time as well as reducing pollution. Founded in 2015, Convoy now works with about 80,000 registered trucking companies (which collectively have some 400,000 trucks in their network), and in April raised $260 million in Series E funding. Greylock has been an investor since 2015, and general partner Reid Hoffman sits on the company’s board.
You can read a transcript of this interview here: https://greylock.com/firm-news/convoy-transporting-innovation/
Reid Hoffman | Crisis Management
Greylock general partner Reid Hoffman and his Blitzscaling co-author Chris Yey discuss the current crisis and its impact on startups.
Entrepreneurship assumes an innate degree of optimism and perseverance. But even the most determined founders can feel subdued when faced with yet another crisis. That’s why adaptability is a startup’s strongest asset. As recent global events push us into a new era of market volatility and economic uncertainty, companies must be prepared to recalibrate their business to the new reality. Whether that means pausing their hiring plans, tempering their expansion efforts, redirecting resources, or any other number of operational activities, today’s startup leaders should have a set of defensive and offensive tactics they can quickly deploy during times of crisis.
You can read a transcript of this episode here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/crisis-management/
Reid Hoffman | The Importance of Friendship
In his commencement speech to Vanderbilt University's graduating class of 2022, Greylock general partner Reid Hoffman discusses the impact and importance of friendship. "Not the Hallmark kind – not all sunshine and roses and bunny rabbits," says Hoffman. "I mean real, substantial friendship – that’s sometimes really hard – and that shapes and changes our lives."
In this speech, Hoffman shares some of the key decisions and actions that friends helped him figure out to take, and which significantly impacted the course of his professional and personal life. You can read the full text of the speech here: https://greylock.com/firm-news/reid-hoffman-the-importance-of-friendship/