Good things happen in eights. In 1957, Eugene Kleiner and seven other engineers quit their jobs at Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. Kleiner, a Jewish émigré of Austrian extraction, secured a $1.5 million investment from Sherman Fairchild to found Fairchild Semiconductor, the first major computer chip manufacturer in Silicon Valley. In the subsequent decades, the “Traitorous 8” founded a host of spin-off companies so wildly successful that Fairchild and its offspring are today reputedly worth over $2 trillion.
September 5, 2017
From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, legendary female leaders have shaped the course of our economic destiny. I am proud to consider the women here friends, mentors, and role models — and hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us at 8VC.
July 13, 2017
Today, there are more than 5.5 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. labor market, up from 3.2 million just five years ago. It’s not due to a lack of workers aspiring for better jobs, but a lack of workers qualified for the very positions employers need filled. America is facing a skills gap that only continues to grow as innovation outpaces our education system.
July 6, 2017
Wisdom is very often dialectical in nature. Extreme, conflicting viewpoints are often simultaneous true – whether in business or more broadly in human life.
April 21, 2017
The fear that robots will soon take your jobs has a grain of truth to it - however, the future paves the way for more jobs for humans, based in technological innovation
April 12, 2017
Operations Director Caroline Graham describes how 8VC manages our network of investors, entrepreneurs, and fellow venture firms more smoothly than vinyl.
March 5, 2017
Inspired by our piece ‘A Deficit of Leadership’, two up-and-coming leaders in our community shared some of the most important principles of leadership below. We’re excited to see what’s next for Aneesh Pappu and Josh Singer.
February 14, 2017
New technologies can enable organic, market-driven solutions to regulatory problems, but only if they escape legislative straitjackets
February 13, 2017
This is the first installment in a two part series. Here we unpack the philosophical and evolutionary assumptions at work in the debate over technological unemployment. In Future of Labor II, we will discuss the economics of new job creation and chart several industries of the future which will create employment opportunities for American workers.
January 31, 2017
In the wake of the $125 billion Pentagon waste scandal, the case for transparency and data-driven financial reporting is stronger than ever.
January 17, 2017
One of the most important jobs of a great leader is to attract great talent. How adaptable you are as a firm depends in part upon the how your company is organized, but most of all it depends upon the people operating it.
December 13, 2016
We recently put together a speech outlining the major functions of a modern Venture Capitalist. These notes from the speech articulate our basic framework for thinking about the shifting nature of the Venture Capital industry.
December 4, 2016
This topic of how to value experience and how and when to hire experienced leaders into a startup comes up a lot. It's a source of a lot of confusion and controversy - here are some of the ways we think about it.
November 28, 2016
Learn how design extends beyond UX/UI to add value to cross-functional startup teams.
November 15, 2016
Brett Cummings explores the fine print of the SAFE agreement in his assessment of whether SAFEs are the best method for aligning investor and entrepreneur incentives.
September 29, 2016
Drew Oetting does a deep dive into the specific metrics startups should use to benchmark their performance.
September 7, 2016
In this essay we discuss leadership and a serious cultural issue: the failure of Silicon Valley to train world-class leaders.
August 9, 2016
GSAM interviews Joe Lonsdale on his view on big data and examines some of the companies pushing the boundaries of the technology today.
July 21, 2016
Secretary of State George P. Shultz of the Hoover Institution shares his thoughts on attitude, credit, and progress.
July 7, 2016
Pittsburgh was a prominent economic hub during the American Industrial Revolution. It might well be an important city in the American Information Age, too.
July 6, 2016
In this piece published on Tech Crunch, Joe explores the wisdom of caps on convertible notes and other issues of investor - entrepreneur alignment in financing structures.
April 26, 2016
Although certain TV portrayals are clearly unrealistic or over the top for comedic value, this episode dealt with a lot of issues we face in our industry.
April 25, 2016
With 8VC’s focus on smart enterprise, we often emphasize engineering and tech culture, but this is only a part of the picture. It’s critical to incorporate design for companies to thrive.
April 4, 2016
According to our partner Kimmy Scotti, the best part of her role at 8VC is working with our founders and their amazing teams. After recent marketing hackathons with Plated and OpenCare, she shares her key learnings.
March 10, 2016
Blend Labs is fixing the back-end of one of the most important areas of our economy, the mortgage industry, to help improve the financial system and prevent housing bubbles. In this post, we explain why Blend is an exemplary 'Smart Enterprise' company.
January 19, 2016
At the start of our first 8VC fund, after getting feedback from our team, Joe wrote a holiday note about the values of 8VC and how he is influenced by Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept of philanthropy and the duty to work to fix the world.
December 23, 2015
Ambassador Andy Young is one of the great men of our times. In this post we share some extremely valuable lessons we learned from him after spending an evening together.
October 11, 2015
History, Dealing with Success, Operational Debt, and The S-curve that Makes the Next Decade Really Important
August 3, 2015
Explore a handful of clever ideas that we have learned or applied recently.
July 18, 2015
Our team is proud to lead the early-stage round in Branch. Branch will apply cutting-edge machine learning to the data available on smartphones to enable access to credit to millions of people around the world.
May 7, 2015
Joe Lonsdale recently shared his perspective on entrepreneurship: “Great entrepreneurs see the world with a positive sum mindset.”
March 31, 2015
As a student in the 90s, Marissa Mayer was dubbed a campus icon in a Stanford Daily column about distinctive individuals on campus. The article referred to her as “the blonde woman in the upper-division computer science classes” without a single mention of her name, yet those terse descriptors were more than enough to identify the now-CEO of Yahoo, as she was one of the small handful of women in the department at the time.
October 17, 2014
The reality is technologists hold great power in the world, and not only does big industry need our help right now, but so do a lot of the most important causes.
September 13, 2014
Healthcare consumes more than 17% of US GDP, and our government is on course to go bankrupt based on promises it’s made in the space.
June 16, 2014
Technology is not reaching its full potential, but we think that world-changing applications are closer (and different) than people realize.
June 4, 2014
These lessons summarize what Joe Lonsdale learned from working over many years with Peter Thiel, our chairman and one of our founders.
April 11, 2010
By the time that Alexander the Great’s armies had conquered most of the known world, it had become much harder to get the men to fight — even for one of the most talented and inspiring leaders that has ever lived.
December 10, 2009
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