Perspectives

Anaplan surges in market debut after rocky week for tech stocks

Anaplan forges ahead with its initial public offering amid downward market pressure on technology companies.

Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor

Sarah Friar, the CFO of Square, is leaving the company to take the CEO role at Nextdoor

10 Lessons from Marketo’s Growth to a Multi-Billion-Dollar Exit

A reflection on what an amazing and pioneering company Marketohas been since it was founded in 2006

Fetch, Honeywell partnership to boost AMR adoption

Honeywell and Fetch Robotics are teaming up to help distribution centers fulfill growing volumes of e-commerce orders by using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

Blog

November 29, 2018

The Qualtrics Acquisition: 3 Takeaways for Founders Considering Bootstrapping

Originally published on Medium This year’s been an exciting year for SaaS
The Qualtrics Acquisition: 3 Takeaways for Founders Considering Bootstrapping

News

November 8, 2018

Can the startup building a Fortnite for VR become the Fortnite of VR?

Virtual reality hasn’t proven itself to be the lucrative escape of the every-man, but the medium has done a fairly good job enticing the gaming community and keeping that niche (mostly) happy.
Can the startup building a Fortnite for VR become the Fortnite of VR?

News

November 8, 2018

Thrilled to invest in BigBox VR, building the future of Esports in Virtual Reality

I am incredibly excited to share that Shasta Ventures has led a $5M round in BigBox VR, and I will be joining the Board of Directors.
Thrilled to invest in BigBox VR, building the future of Esports in Virtual Reality

News

November 6, 2018

TPG Growth / Affinity Group, Marc Benioff, and Shasta Ventures Invest in Brandcast

Brandcast, the leading Website Cloud for Enterprise, today announced $18 million in Series A-1 funding.
TPG Growth / Affinity Group, Marc Benioff, and Shasta Ventures Invest in Brandcast

News

October 31, 2018

Lots of Companies Are Trying to Deliver Packages More Efficiently. This Startup Is Betting Its Tiny, 4-MPH Robots Will Win

Starship Technologies made waves last year with its food delivery botsNow they’re ready to carry your mail.
Lots of Companies Are Trying to Deliver Packages More Efficiently. This Startup Is Betting Its Tiny, 4-MPH Robots Will Win

News

October 30, 2018

Nextdoor, the social network for neighbours only, has launched in Australia

Nextdoor has launched in Australia.
Nextdoor, the social network for neighbours only, has launched in Australia

News

October 27, 2018

Electric scooter startup Grin raises ~$45 million

Grin, an electric scooter startup backed by Y Combinator, has raised a $45.7 million Series A to operate shared, electric scooters in Latin America.
Electric scooter startup Grin raises ~$45 million

News

October 27, 2018

Electric scooter startup Grin merges with Brazil-based Ride

Grin, the Mexico City-based electric scooter company backed by Y Combinator, is merging with São Paulo-based Ride to further the company’s expansion across Latin America.
Electric scooter startup Grin merges with Brazil-based Ride

News

October 27, 2018

Vector speeds toward orbital launch capability with $70M in new funding

The market for small satellites in low Earth orbit is expanding faster than the gas in a thruster nozzle, and Vector aims to be the go-to launch platform for companies looking to put a bird in the air on short notice.
Vector speeds toward orbital launch capability with $70M in new funding

News

October 24, 2018

A startup selling ugly fruits and vegetables just received a major investment from NBA all-star Kevin Durant

Imperfect, a food startup selling ugly produce, just secured a major investment from NBA all-star Kevin Durant.
A startup selling ugly fruits and vegetables just received a major investment from NBA all-star Kevin Durant

News

October 23, 2018

Turo, the Airbnb of Car-sharing, Gets Rolling in Israel

The San Francisco-based company is now active in Israel, going up against Israeli, American and Chinese shared-economy rivals in cars, motorized scooters and bikes
Turo, the Airbnb of Car-sharing, Gets Rolling in Israel

News

October 19, 2018

Doctor on Demand expands through Walmart collaboration

Health and hygiene company RB said consumers who purchase certain products at Walmart will receive a free medical video visit.
Doctor on Demand expands through Walmart collaboration

Blog

October 17, 2018

10 Lessons from Marketo’s Growth to a Multi-Billion-Dollar Exit

A reflection on what an amazing and pioneering company Marketo since its foundation in 2006.
10 Lessons from Marketo’s Growth to a Multi-Billion-Dollar Exit

Blog

October 17, 2018

Welcoming Nikhil Basu Trivedi as Shasta’s Newest Managing Director

Please join us in congratulating Nikhil Basu Trivedi who today becomes Shasta Ventures’ newest Managing Director
Welcoming Nikhil Basu Trivedi as Shasta’s Newest Managing Director

News

October 17, 2018

Fetch, Honeywell partnership to boost AMR adoption

Honeywell and Fetch Robotics are teaming up to help distribution centers fulfill growing volumes of e-commerce orders by using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
Fetch, Honeywell partnership to boost AMR adoption

News

October 12, 2018

Anaplan surges in market debut after rocky week for tech stocks

Anaplan forges ahead with its initial public offering amid downward market pressure on technology companies.
Anaplan surges in market debut after rocky week for tech stocks

News

October 10, 2018

Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor

Sarah Friar, the CFO of Square, is leaving the company to take the CEO role at Nextdoor
Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor

Blog

October 10, 2018

Our Dream Team for Enterprise and Security

Shasta Adds Execs from Symantec, Salesforce, InterWest Partners
Our Dream Team for Enterprise and Security

Blog

October 10, 2018

Glint’s Amazing Journey … So Far

We’ve been fortunate to work with Glint for the last five years of its journey.
Glint’s Amazing Journey … So Far

Blog

October 3, 2018

Thoughts on the Spredfast Acquisition

By Doug Pepper This weekend I resigned from the Spredfast board
Thoughts on the Spredfast Acquisition

Blog

September 20, 2018

One of the Best Rebrands I’ve Ever Seen

LeanData recently unveiled a major rebrand, in what is one of the best examples of rebranding I’ve ever seen.
One of the Best Rebrands I’ve Ever Seen

Blog

September 10, 2018

Why Apptio was the Best Board I’ve Served On

By Ravi Mohan After seven years of serving on the Apptio board, I’m stepping down from what was the best board experience I’ve ever had
Why Apptio was the Best Board I’ve Served On

Events

September 6, 2018

TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

September 6, 2018 10:15 – 10:40 am Having Space in the Fund with Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Tess Hatch (Bessemer Venture Partners) and Matt Ocko (DCVC)They wanted moonshots, and now they have themHear from three top VCs on how space is no longer the final frontier of investing.
TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

News

August 20, 2018

RDMD attacks rare diseases with data mined from health records

You wouldn’t expect a medical app to get its start as a Snapchat competitorNeither did video chat startup TapTalk’s founder Onno Faber.
RDMD attacks rare diseases with data mined from health records

News

August 16, 2018

After Struggling With His Weight, This Founder Decided to Invent the Workout Machine of the Future

With Tonal, Aly Orady has built a fitness machine he hopes will help busy people like him stay in shape.
After Struggling With His Weight, This Founder Decided to Invent the Workout Machine of the Future

News

August 16, 2018

Tonal launches at-home digital strength-training system

If you want to have a brutal workout from the comfort of your own home — and have about $3,000 to spend — look no further.
Tonal launches at-home digital strength-training system

Events

August 14, 2018

Meet the VC Panel with Nikhil

August 14, 2018 Join Early Growth Financial Services, Silicon Valley Bank, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, TriNet, and Founders Network as we sit down with Nikhil Basu Trivedi to talk about his investment thesis, the current investment climate and more.
Meet the VC Panel with Nikhil

Blog

August 9, 2018

When Will Consumer Robotics Reach The “iPhone Moment”?

When Will Consumer Robotics Reach The “iPhone Moment”?

News

August 5, 2018

This startup says dog chow that's good enough for humans to eat is the future of feeding your dog

This startup says dog chow that's good enough for humans to eat is the future of feeding your dog

News

July 27, 2018

Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin taps insights from Amazon to help run her startup

Sandi Lin left Amazon five years ago to launch her own startup, but her experience at the retail and cloud behemoth made a lasting impact.
Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin taps insights from Amazon to help run her startup

News

July 21, 2018

With $300M In Capital, Anaplan Is Taking $100M+ Bite Out Of IBM, Oracle In $20B Market

With $300M In Capital, Anaplan Is Taking $100M+ Bite Out Of IBM, Oracle In $20B Market

News

July 18, 2018

Kleiner Perkins, Shasta Ventures, Sinai Ventures Invest $1.7 Million in Popular Video Maker Kapwing

Company Founded by Two Former Googlers Aspires to Make Short-Form Video Production a Quick, Intuitive Task for Everyone Rather Than a Specialized, Full-Time Profession
Kleiner Perkins, Shasta Ventures, Sinai Ventures Invest $1.7 Million in Popular Video Maker Kapwing

News

July 16, 2018

Video editing website Kapwing inks $1.7 mln seed

Kapwing, a video editing website, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding.
Video editing website Kapwing inks $1.7 mln seed

News

July 12, 2018

Octi Raises $7.5M to Create Augmented Reality that Understands Human Movement

The team at Octi says it’s building a crucial piece of the augmented reality puzzle — the ability to understand the human body and its movement.
Octi Raises $7.5M to Create Augmented Reality that Understands Human Movement

News

July 8, 2018

The Enterprise Tech Market is on Fire: These 23 Venture Capitalists are Picking the Winners and Shaping the Future of Work

Business Insider names Jason Pressman and 22 other venture capitalists “Top Enterprise Tech Investors.”
The Enterprise Tech Market is on Fire: These 23 Venture Capitalists are Picking the Winners and Shaping the Future of Work

News

July 4, 2018

These are the 61 Most Innovative Startups in the World

World Economic Forum names Color, Fetch Robotics, and 59 other companies as 2018 Tech Pioneers for bringing cutting-edge insights and novel perspectives to world-critical discussions
These are the 61 Most Innovative Startups in the World

News

June 28, 2018

Unblockable Raises $5M to Create Crypto Collectibles Around Pro Athletes

Unblockable is tackling a new area for blockchain technology — sports fandom, specifically collectibles and fantasy sports.
Unblockable Raises $5M to Create Crypto Collectibles Around Pro Athletes

Blog

June 28, 2018

Announcing Shasta’s investment in Unblockable

I’m thrilled to announce Shasta Ventures investment in Unblockable, where I will be joining the Board of Directors
Announcing Shasta’s investment in Unblockable

News

June 26, 2018

Game Changers

A Conversation with Phil Fernandez: 10 Must-Do Things for Software Entrepreneurs
Game Changers

News

June 12, 2018

AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity Startups Dominate 2018 Tech Companies to Watch List

The Wall Street Journal spotlights eero and 24 other emerging leaders in hot corners of the tech industry.
AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity Startups Dominate 2018 Tech Companies to Watch List

News

June 9, 2018

Investor in Three SaaS Unicorns

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Ravi Mohan, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, a firm that has invested in three SaaS UnicornsRavi discussed these investments: Apptio, Anaplan, and Zuora.
Investor in Three SaaS Unicorns

News

June 7, 2018

Austin-based SeriesX Raises $2 Million in Funding for its Platform Built on the Ethereum Blockchain

SeriesX, a startup based at Capital Factory, announced Wednesday that it has closed on two rounds of funding, totalling $2 million.
Austin-based SeriesX Raises $2 Million in Funding for its Platform Built on the Ethereum Blockchain

News

June 7, 2018

Self-Driving Robot Delivery Startup Starship Technologies Raises $25 Million

The robots are here and one company, Starship Technologies, has raised $25 million to bring even more to the mainstream.
Self-Driving Robot Delivery Startup Starship Technologies Raises $25 Million

News

June 6, 2018

3 Successful Leaders Reveal Their Growth Strategies

It takes a successful leader to grow a company from an idea to $1 billion — Anaplan’s Frank Calderoni and two others are on their way.
3 Successful Leaders Reveal Their Growth Strategies

Blog

May 31, 2018

FlyHomes

FlyHomes was founded to reinvent the home buying experience and make it much, much better
FlyHomes

News

May 22, 2018

Valimail raises $25M in additional funding for its email authentication service

Today, the company announced that it has raised a $25 million Series B round led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from Shasta Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Bloomberg Beta.
Valimail raises $25M in additional funding for its email authentication service

News

May 16, 2018

The Airbnb of Cars Expands Into Equipment and Perks

Peer-to-peer car-sharing app Turo has added a features that lets hosts rent out their camping gear and other equipment
The Airbnb of Cars Expands Into Equipment and Perks

News

May 15, 2018

BEAUTIFUL.AI RAISES $11M IN SERIES B FUNDING LED BY TRINITY VENTURES TO DEMOCRATIZE DESIGN IN THE WORKPLACE USING AI

AI-Driven Software Delights Users by Making It Fast and Easy to Create Visually Stunning Presentations and Documents.
BEAUTIFUL.AI RAISES $11M IN SERIES B FUNDING LED BY TRINITY VENTURES TO DEMOCRATIZE DESIGN IN THE WORKPLACE USING AI

News

May 15, 2018

10 Big Mistakes Every New Entrepreneur Needs To Avoid

Squelch co-founder, Giorgina Gottlieb, and 9 other members of Young Entrepreneur Council share the biggest mistakes they’ve ever made as an entrepreneur, as well as how they can be addressed.
10 Big Mistakes Every New Entrepreneur Needs To Avoid

Blog

May 14, 2018

Welcoming Natalie Sandman to Shasta Ventures

Today we are thrilled to share the news that Natalie Sandman is joining Shasta as an Associate on our Enterprise team
Welcoming Natalie Sandman to Shasta Ventures

Events

May 10, 2018

Shasta Software Mixer

May 10, 2018 Shasta Ventures invites you to a gathering of top SaaS CEOs and senior executives with a special presentation by Phil Fernandez to learn about the early days of Marketo, lessons learned and how to think about building a SaaS business today.
Shasta Software Mixer

News

May 7, 2018

Squelch Emerges from Stealth with $8 Million Series A to Capture Signal from Noise and Solve $17 Billion Customer Experience Problem

Riding subscription economy wave, Shasta Ventures bets on serial entrepreneur to create best possible customer journeys for customers of fortune 5000 enterprises.
Squelch Emerges from Stealth with $8 Million Series A to Capture Signal from Noise and Solve $17 Billion Customer Experience Problem

Blog

May 4, 2018

Why We Bet Big on Suplari

There probably aren’t many people that can say this, but procurement is a space that’s interested me for a long time
Why We Bet Big on Suplari

Blog

May 2, 2018

What Do Google Docs, Log Management, and Scalyr Have in Common? Steve Newman and Team Create Essential Platform for DevOps

We believe that the multi-billion dollar log management market is ripe for disruption
What Do Google Docs, Log Management, and Scalyr Have in Common? Steve Newman and Team Create Essential Platform for DevOps

News

May 1, 2018

Identifying The Way: Six Entrepreneurial Approaches That Build Success

Squelch co-Founder, Giorgina Gottlieb, and five other members of Young Entrepreneur Council discuss some of the things entrepreneurs need to be doing differently today in order to achieve success in the modern business world.
Identifying The Way: Six Entrepreneurial Approaches That Build Success

Blog

April 30, 2018

Welcoming Rachel Star to Shasta Ventures

When we set out to add a new consumer investor to the Shasta Ventures team, we had a few criteria in mind
Welcoming Rachel Star to Shasta Ventures

News

April 25, 2018

Video consultation service Doctor on Demand raised $74 million so everyone can see a doctor anytime

We’re thrilled to support Doctor On Demand’s mission to deliver high quality healthcare to patients anywhere, anytime. 
Video consultation service Doctor on Demand raised $74 million so everyone can see a doctor anytime

News

April 24, 2018

The Future Of Your Commute

Is ridesharing here to stay? How is using smaller vehicles to carry passengers to their final destinations more efficient than buses? Find out from Shasta’s Rob Coneybeer when he sits down with FastCoDesign.
The Future Of Your Commute

News

April 17, 2018

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Prepare for an I.P.O. Wave

New York Times highlights Zuora’s IPO and opens with Jason Pressman cheering from the NYSE.
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Prepare for an I.P.O. Wave

Events

April 17, 2018

SHASTA CYBERSECURITY RSA RECEPTION

Apr 17, 2018 Meet the most exciting security startups and network with security industry luminaries, CIOs, and CISOs.
SHASTA CYBERSECURITY RSA RECEPTION

Blog

April 16, 2018

10 Predictions to Kick Off the New Year in Security — Starting Now with RSA

In the world of Cybersecurity, most experts would say that their year begins with the RSA Conference
10 Predictions to Kick Off the New Year in Security — Starting Now with RSA

Blog

April 12, 2018

Zuora’s Tien Tzuo Sets the Bar High

It’s the stuff that founders dreams are made of.
Zuora’s Tien Tzuo Sets the Bar High

News

April 5, 2018

Suplari raises $10.3M Series A round to bring AI to procurement

Suplari’s cloud-based AI platform powers procurement and finance teams to find hidden cost savings – across disparate systems.
Suplari raises $10.3M Series A round to bring AI to procurement

Blog

March 30, 2018

Announcing 6D.ai + Shasta Camera Fund — Building the AR Cloud to enable the digital world around us

6D.ai is the augmented reality platform that brings the detail of persistence and shared interactions to life, and at Shasta we are thrilled to be investing with the team and product we think can drive the entire AR world forward.
Announcing 6D.ai + Shasta Camera Fund — Building the AR Cloud to enable the digital world around us

News

March 29, 2018

6D.ai Funded To Build The AR Cloud

Congratulations to 6D.ai on your successful launch! We’re thrilled to back youLearn how the software start up is building APIs to power developers to do more with AR apps.
6D.ai Funded To Build The AR Cloud

Blog

March 14, 2018

Thrilled to Back Skilljar & Help Onboard Customers at Scale

Investing in Skilljar was an easy decision.  The reasons why shed light not only on my approach to investing in enterprise software but also something bigger — namely, how changes in customer behavior have created new challenges and opportunities for modern enterprises today.
Thrilled to Back Skilljar & Help Onboard Customers at Scale

News

March 14, 2018

How Customer Onboarding Startup Skilljar Got Two Top VC Firms To Share Its $16.4 Million Series A

Skilljar’s founders think they can help software companies work with their customers by rethinking the onboarding process.
How Customer Onboarding Startup Skilljar Got Two Top VC Firms To Share Its $16.4 Million Series A

News

March 12, 2018

Airspace Systems Raises $20 Million Series A to Take Down Dangerous Drones with Other Drones

Congrats to Airspace Systems Inc. on closing a $20M Series A funding round! We’re thrilled to continue our partnership as you develop and deploy the latest in drone defense technologies.
Airspace Systems Raises $20 Million Series A to Take Down Dangerous Drones with Other Drones

Blog

March 11, 2018

Looking for an Emerging Platforms Associate at Shasta Ventures

One of the key hires we’re looking for is someone who would like to help us find the most exciting new opportunities in Emerging Platforms: robotics, space, AR/VR, and the connected home.
Looking for an Emerging Platforms Associate at Shasta Ventures

News

March 8, 2018

Starsky Robotics Raises $16.5 Million for Driverless Trucks

The trucking industry’s labor shortages pose serious challenges to the industry, and we hope to change that by leading Starsky Robotics’ Series A fundingWe look forward to helping pioneer the future of transportation together!
Starsky Robotics Raises $16.5 Million for Driverless Trucks

Events

February 15, 2018

AR Kitchen Meet Up: AR Demos, Networking & More

Feb 15, 2018 Consider this an “all call” for entrepreneurs, pioneers, creators, builders, developers and founders who are playing around with ARKit, ARCore and all other fun AR things and who are interested in sharing their concepts, meeting friends and talking shop about the future of AR and the #CameraFirst world.
AR Kitchen Meet Up: AR Demos, Networking & More

News

February 14, 2018

Stealth Security Reels in $8 Million Investment from Shasta Ventures to Root Out Bad Bots

We’re thrilled to welcome the Stealth Security team to the Shasta FamilyCongrats on your Series A! Can’t wait to see your Epic Product help more and more enterprises fight malicious bots.
Stealth Security Reels in $8 Million Investment from Shasta Ventures to Root Out Bad Bots

Blog

February 6, 2018

Creating Great Presentations is Hard. Beautiful.ai’s Founder Mitch Grasso Can Help.

Understanding the full promise of Beautiful.ai’s new visual presentation product requires understanding Founder-Market Fit
Creating Great Presentations is Hard. Beautiful.ai’s Founder Mitch Grasso Can Help.

Blog

February 6, 2018

Investing in 8thWall — The Modern Platform for Building #CameraFirst Mobile AR

We're excited to announce Shasta’s investment in 8th Wall, as a part of our Shasta Camera Fund initiative!
Investing in 8thWall — The Modern Platform for Building #CameraFirst Mobile AR

Blog

January 27, 2018

We’re Growing. Come join us as an Investment Associate!

We are looking to hire associates to join our investment team to help us find, analyze and make investments across the Shasta investment practice areas: Enterprise, Consumer, and Emerging Platforms.
We’re Growing. Come join us as an Investment Associate!

News

January 17, 2018

RosieReality Raises $700,000 to Teach Robotics to Children

Making AR accessible for early childhood education, we knew investing in RosieReality was an opportunity we did not want to miss for our Shasta Camera Fund!
RosieReality Raises $700,000 to Teach Robotics to Children

Blog

January 3, 2018

How Fast Does It Go?

A few years ago I decided to learn how to race a car
How Fast Does It Go?

Blog

January 2, 2018

Passionate Teams

The core of an amazing company is a breakthrough product
Passionate Teams

News

December 22, 2017

Massive Robot-Powered Drones May Solve Everything Wrong with Package Delivery

Congrats Elroy Air on your seed funding! We look forward to seeing you reach new heights in the aircraft industry.
Massive Robot-Powered Drones May Solve Everything Wrong with Package Delivery

News

December 20, 2017

SendBird raises $16M in Series A led by Shasta and August

We’re thrilled to have led SendBird’s Series A funding to help support their mission of digitizing human interactions for businesses!
SendBird raises $16M in Series A led by Shasta and August

Blog

December 19, 2017

Our Promise: An  Unwavering Partnership

We are there for you.  It’s what we call unwavering partnership.  And we take it very seriously.
Our Promise: An  Unwavering Partnership

Blog

December 19, 2017

Epic Products

Epic products represent a fundamental part of daily human existence. 
Epic Products

Blog

December 19, 2017

This New Year’s: Resolve to Authenticate Your Email

Email phishing scams are becoming more common — and sophisticated — every day
This New Year’s: Resolve to Authenticate Your Email

Events

December 14, 2017

Launch Pad on SiriusXM 111

Wednesdays Co-Hosted by Rob Coneybeer
Launch Pad on SiriusXM 111

News

December 5, 2017

Fetch Robotics Raises $25 Million To Make Sure Your Christmas Gifts Arrive On Time

A huge Shasta-congrats goes out to Fetch Robotics for raising $25M in their Series B funding! We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership!
Fetch Robotics Raises $25 Million To Make Sure Your Christmas Gifts Arrive On Time

News

November 28, 2017

10 Big VC Podcasts On Startups They Would Finance

Learn for yourself if it is time for your venture to raise funding, if your Total Available Market is large enough, and if your revenue shows enough momentum to be of interest to VCs.
10 Big VC Podcasts On Startups They Would Finance

News

November 21, 2017

Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

If hardware is hard, rockets must be even harderNatalya Bailey should knowShe’s the co-founder and CEO of Accion Systems, a startup spun out of MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory that is developing a new type of propulsion for spacecraft
Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

News

November 20, 2017

Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approachIt has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to conventional logging tools — and it doesn’t require machine learning to make it happen.
Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

News

November 18, 2017

Leanplum Picks Up $47 Million In Series D With An Eye On AI

Leanplum is leaning into machine learning and mobile marketing automation with $47 million in Series D funding, announced Wednesday.
Leanplum Picks Up $47 Million In Series D With An Eye On AI

News

November 17, 2017

Shasta Ventures promotes three to partner

Shasta Ventures is promoting three of its principals to partnerNikhil Basu Trivedi, Jacob Mullins and Nitin Chopra have all made it to this coveted venture capital milestone.
Shasta Ventures promotes three to partner

News

November 15, 2017

Testing Imperfect Produce: ‘Ugly’ fruits and veggies delivered at a discount — but how do they taste?

Don’t judge a fruit or vegetable by its coverThat’s one of my takeaways after testing Imperfect Produce, a food delivery service that brings boxes of “ugly” fruits and veggies to your doorstep at up to 30-to-50 percent off grocery store prices.
Testing Imperfect Produce: ‘Ugly’ fruits and veggies delivered at a discount — but how do they taste?

Blog

November 14, 2017

Move Over $100 Million: There’s a New Goal for SaaS Startups

The bar has been raised.
Move Over $100 Million: There’s a New Goal for SaaS Startups

News

November 13, 2017

Leanplum Raises $47 Million to Build Next Generation Marketing Cloud

Leanplum, one of the leaders in mobile engagement, announced a $47 million Series D round of financing led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Canaan Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Shasta Ventures.
Leanplum Raises $47 Million to Build Next Generation Marketing Cloud

News

November 6, 2017

The Camera As Platform

When the operating system moves to the viewfinder, the world will literally change.
The Camera As Platform

News

November 3, 2017

The Funded: 10 startups raised more than $170M at week's end

Ten Bay Area startups raised at least $170 million at the end of a busy week for VC funding.
The Funded: 10 startups raised more than $170M at week's end

News

November 2, 2017

Glint Secures $20M in Series D Funding

Glint, a Redwood City, CA-based provider of a people success platform for organizations to increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve business results, raised $20m in Series D funding.
Glint Secures $20M in Series D Funding

Blog

October 27, 2017

Noon Time!

Earlier today, Noon Home came out of stealth mode and launched the best, most capable home lighting switch available anywhere in the world at any price.
Noon Time!

Blog

October 26, 2017

A Snapshot of the Shasta Camera Fund Across the Web

We recently made one of our biggest announcements: We launched the Shasta Camera Fund to empower passionate visionaries working in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and camera-first Computer Vision applications. At Shasta, we see so much potential in the AR & VR ecosystem
A Snapshot of the Shasta Camera Fund Across the Web

News

October 26, 2017

Noon Home brings connected home smarts to light switches

Noon Home, a new Bay Area-based home automation startup, is going after the light switchThe company, which includes former executives from places like Nest and August Home, has been operating in stealth under the decidedly less pronounceable code name, LocorollIt’s already scored backing from investors like Shasta Ventures, Lux Capital, and Sway Ventures.
Noon Home brings connected home smarts to light switches

News

October 23, 2017

When $100 Million Is Not Enough

During my first ten years in venture capital, $100 million dollars in revenue served as the North Star goal for software startupsThe prevailing logic was that revenue directly drove enterprise value for the entrepreneur and the investors, so hitting the $100 million target represented the ultimate goal.
When $100 Million Is Not Enough

Blog

October 19, 2017

The first episode of ‘Bubbleproof’ sets the stage for chaos on Sand Hill Road

Bubbleproof is a new mockumentary series following the misadventures of Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik and venture capitalist David Cowan as they launch a new fund.
The first episode of ‘Bubbleproof’ sets the stage for chaos on Sand Hill Road

News

October 12, 2017

Not venturing far from home: Why VCs won't leave Sand Hill Road

Given 21st century communications, there’s no compelling reason why VC firms continue to cluster on Sand Hill Road — except that they doThe buildings lining this street remain some of the most expensive and sought-after office space in the country.
Not venturing far from home: Why VCs won't leave Sand Hill Road

News

October 3, 2017

Silicon Valley’s Next Target for Disruption Is Socks

Stance makes the go-to hosiery for skateboarders, motocrossers, and RihannaThe startup has also earned support from venture capitalists, who helped contribute more than $100 million in funding.
Silicon Valley’s Next Target for Disruption Is Socks

News

October 3, 2017

Frame.io picks up $20 million to be the Slack of video

Frame.io, the collaboration platform for the video industry, has today announced the close of a $20 million Series B funding round led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from existing investors including Accel Partners, SignalFire and Shasta Ventures.
Frame.io picks up $20 million to be the Slack of video

News

September 20, 2017

AR/VR Weekly: Augmented reality needs our patience

Apple launched iOS 11 today, and this means that anyone with an iPhone or iPad that supports the new software can now jump into augmented realityAnd we’re not talking about the pseudo-AR of Pokémon Go — this means, to paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi, games and apps which take the first steps into a larger world.
AR/VR Weekly: Augmented reality needs our patience

News

September 19, 2017

Fox TV Ad-Sales Veteran Toby Byrne Joins Zefr as President

Toby Byrne, who spent two decades at Fox TV in ad sales, has been named president of Zefr, which provides YouTube ad-targeting technology solutions.
Fox TV Ad-Sales Veteran Toby Byrne Joins Zefr as President

News

September 18, 2017

Shasta Ventures launches a fund to accelerate AR and VR app development

Apple and Google are ready for an augmented reality tidal wave, but what of developers?
Shasta Ventures launches a fund to accelerate AR and VR app development

News

September 18, 2017

Shasta announces Camera Fund for AR and computer vision companies

Entrepreneurs building companies around augmented reality, virtual reality, and computer vision have a new funding source to help get their businesses off the groundShasta Ventures today announced a new Camera Fund that’s designed to provide an early infusion of cash for those companies.
Shasta announces Camera Fund for AR and computer vision companies

News

September 14, 2017

Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

Cloud-based collaboration tool Frame.io has raised $10M in Series A funding led by Accel, with participation from SignalFire, FirstMark Capital, and Shasta VenturesActor Jared Leto, who was a seed investor in the company, has also invested in the Series A as well as actor Kevin Spacey.
Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

Blog

September 13, 2017

Inventing the Camera Experience Manager — thrilled to announce Shasta’s investment in Camera IQ

Today, on behalf of Shasta Ventures, I’m thrilled to announce our leading investment in Camera IQ, where I have joined the Board of Directors, and my first investment at Shasta.
Inventing the Camera Experience Manager — thrilled to announce Shasta’s investment in Camera IQ

News

September 12, 2017

Camera IQ raises $2.3M to tap augmented reality’s marketing potential

How’s this for a prediction: “Camera media will be bigger than TV.”
Camera IQ raises $2.3M to tap augmented reality’s marketing potential

News

September 6, 2017

The Airbnb of Cars Just Bought A Startup From Its Newest Investor

Turo, the San Francisco-based company that lets people rent out their vehicles to strangers via an app, has raised $92 million and is acquiring Croove, a car-sharing service launched in Germany last year by Mercedes-Benz.
The Airbnb of Cars Just Bought A Startup From Its Newest Investor

News

September 1, 2017

20 months in, Microsoft Ventures shows promise

There’s a new Microsoft in town, and the company has spent the past and a half year embedding itself into the worldwide venture capital ecosystem.
20 months in, Microsoft Ventures shows promise

News

August 28, 2017

OTR: Join roundtable discussions about Crypto, AR/VR, China and Robotics at Disrupt SF

We heard from past Disrupt attendees that they are eager for more opportunities to discuss in greater depth the big topics we cover on the main stageThat insight led us to create smaller, more focused discussions we’re calling Off the Record (OTR) sessions — which we’re launching at Disrupt SF for the first time this Sept18-20.
OTR: Join roundtable discussions about Crypto, AR/VR, China and Robotics at Disrupt SF

News

August 28, 2017

Angus Davis Builds Upserve To Serve As Management Platform For America's One Million Restaurants

A Series of Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Angus Davis, Founder and CEO, Upserve.
Angus Davis Builds Upserve To Serve As Management Platform For America's One Million Restaurants

News

August 25, 2017

Equity podcast: Uber grows against all odds, Amazon makes Whole Foods cheaper, WeWork raises $4.4B

Welcome to Equity, our podcast for all things venture capital and tech businessThis week we were joined by Rob Coneybeer, who is co-founder and managing director at Shasta Ventures.
Equity podcast: Uber grows against all odds, Amazon makes Whole Foods cheaper, WeWork raises $4.4B

News

August 24, 2017

Is Data The New Oil? How One Startup Is Rescuing The World's Most Valuable Asset

Brett Hurt co-founded data.world with the mission to democratize and network dataThe company’s vision: To unlock the latent value of data (now only available to giants like Google) by making data and best-in-class data analytics technology universally approachable to universities, nonprofits and people around the world.
Is Data The New Oil? How One Startup Is Rescuing The World's Most Valuable Asset

Blog

August 23, 2017

Summer News & Viewpoints from Shasta Ventures

Rocket Launches, ComputerVision, Keurig-for-Froyo & Option Refresh Grants.
Summer News & Viewpoints from Shasta Ventures

News

August 14, 2017

This female startup CEO had choice words for her investors: 'Thank you'

With all the stories about sexual harassment in Silicon Valley, Resilinc CEO Bindiya Vakil also has a few choice words for one VC who wanted her to step down.
This female startup CEO had choice words for her investors: 'Thank you'

News

August 13, 2017

This Brooklyn startup raised $8 million to make dog chow that's good enough for humans to eat

If you want to work at the Farmer’s Dog, the fresh made and personalized meal delivery service for dogs, you have to be prepared to do one thing first – eat the dog chow.
This Brooklyn startup raised $8 million to make dog chow that's good enough for humans to eat

News

August 3, 2017

Tucson-based Vector test launches rocket in Georgia

Tucson-based Vector successfully launched its latest prototype rocket for micro-satellite space launches Thursday, Aug3, at Spaceport Camden in Georgia.
Tucson-based Vector test launches rocket in Georgia

Blog

July 25, 2017

Why Option Refresh Grants Are Essential For Startup Recruiting And Retention

Why Option Refresh Grants Are Essential For Startup Recruiting And Retention

News

July 25, 2017

This NYC Startup Makes Sure Your Dog Eats Well Too

you would never feed your “best friend” the ingredients that are found in most common packaged dog food if you knew what was in itThankfully, there is a solutionThe Farmer’s Dog has created a fresh, direct to consumer pet food offering that’s personalized to your dog’s needs.
This NYC Startup Makes Sure Your Dog Eats Well Too

News

July 24, 2017

The past, present and future of digital imaging

Smartphones have changed the way we interact with photos, and soon there will be cameras everywhere.
The past, present and future of digital imaging

Blog

July 19, 2017

Why It Is BS That You Never Regret Paying a High Price To Get into a Good Company, Why There Are Only 2 Price Points That Work in SaaS And Why ESports Will Be Bigger Than Traditional Sports in 5 Years Time

Why It Is BS That You Never Regret Paying a High Price To Get into a Good Company, Why There Are Only 2 Price Points That Work in SaaS And Why ESports Will Be Bigger Than Traditional Sports in 5 Years Time

Events

July 18, 2017

VR Tuesday: The latest in AR/VR

Jul 18, 2017 A focus on the business of Digital Reality (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality), the crossroads of creators, monetization (brands/advertisers) and venture capitalThis will be a regular monthly meet up on the second Tuesday of every month.
VR Tuesday: The latest in AR/VR

News

July 14, 2017

Startup Mocana Leverages Channel Partners To Secure Industrial Control Systems

IoT security startup Mocana in May said it has raised $11 million in additional investment from Sway Ventures, Shasta Ventures,
Startup Mocana Leverages Channel Partners To Secure Industrial Control Systems

Blog

July 12, 2017

Join us for AR Kitchen: Cooking up product concepts around Apple’s new ARKit

I couldn’t be more excited about the huge advances happening in the Camera right now, and the developer platforms surrounding it, Facebook Camera Effects, Google Lens and Apple ARKit.
Join us for AR Kitchen: Cooking up product concepts around Apple’s new ARKit

News

July 12, 2017

IBM Leads $15M Funding Round for AI Programming Startup

IBM, Intel and others are pumping $15 million into Lightbend, the company behind the Scala programming language developers are using to build artificial intelligence applications that draw on real-time dataThe funding, led by IBM, builds on a partnership it announced with the startup last month to advance the development of AI in the enterprise.
IBM Leads $15M Funding Round for AI Programming Startup

News

July 12, 2017

Symantec to buy VC-backed Skycure

Cybersecurity company Symantec Corp has agreed to acquire Palo Alto, California and Tel Aviv- based Skycure, a provider of mobile threat defense solutionsNo financial terms were disclosedSkycure’s backers included Foundation Capital, Shasta Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital and New York Life.
Symantec to buy VC-backed Skycure

News

July 11, 2017

data.world Launches with $14 Million in Venture Funding

An Austin-based startup, data.world, led by serial entrepreneur Brett Hurt, officially launched Monday with $14 million in venture funding, with the goal of making it fast and easy to find and use data to solve problems.
data.world Launches with $14 Million in Venture Funding

News

July 10, 2017

IBM Expands Partnership With App Developer

IBM has been working with an application developer startup called Lightbend Incon artificial intelligence, cognitive and other distributed applications, most destined to run in the cloud.
IBM Expands Partnership With App Developer

Blog

July 10, 2017

The Great Camera Awakening 

Don’t miss the incredible opportunities emerging in Computer Vision, at the intersection of the Camera + AI
The Great Camera Awakening 

Blog

June 30, 2017

Why We Invested in (our second) Rocket Company

My first full-time job was in the space business
Why We Invested in (our second) Rocket Company

News

June 30, 2017

Vector raises $21 million for small launch vehicle development

Vector, one of a number of companies developing small launch vehicles in response to growing small satellite demand, announced June 29 that it closed a $21 million funding round.
Vector raises $21 million for small launch vehicle development

News

June 29, 2017

SpaceX Vet’s Startup Readies Small Rockets for Takeoff

Vector Space Systems raises $21 million to build smaller, cheaper rockets.
SpaceX Vet’s Startup Readies Small Rockets for Takeoff

News

June 24, 2017

How Blue Apron compares to other subscription services, in one graph

When Blue Apron’s S-1 dropped at the beginning of the month, there was a lot of excitement, and rightly soThis is one of the fastest growing consumer businesses in the United States over the last few years, poised to do over $1 billion in revenue in just its 6th year since launch.
How Blue Apron compares to other subscription services, in one graph

News

June 23, 2017

How Dennis “Thresh” Fong Went From Pro Gamer To Entrepreneur

Twenty years ago, before anyone imagined e-sports becoming a global billion-dollar industry, the Guinness Book of World Records anointed Dennis Fong as the world’s first professional gamer.
How Dennis “Thresh” Fong Went From Pro Gamer To Entrepreneur

Events

June 20, 2017

VR Tuesday: How to capitalize on VR/AR/3D today

Jun 20, 2017 Join us at VR Tuesday #10 to talk about how entrepreneurs, creators, developers, and enthusiasts can make money in the burgeoning VR / AR / 3D industry today.
VR Tuesday: How to capitalize on VR/AR/3D today

News

June 20, 2017

Tally wants to automate your financial life, with managing credit cards as its first step

It’s not easy to get out of credit card debt, but a startup called Tally wants to help consumers do just that, as its first step in automating their personal financesThat company is launching with a mobile app today that is designed to help consumers avoid late fees, lower credit card balances and maximize their savings.
Tally wants to automate your financial life, with managing credit cards as its first step

News

June 16, 2017

Today’s Amazon discount: Grocery-chain stocks

Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market caught stock market investors off guardTheir initial reaction — bidding up share prices of the two companies and selling off those of grocery chains — suggests a bleak future for an industry being reshaped by on-demand delivery.
Today’s Amazon discount: Grocery-chain stocks

News

June 16, 2017

Element AI, Entelo and CognitiveScale Attract VC Investments in AI

Element A is a Montreal-based company that builds AI solutions for enterprises and helps them get up to speedOn June 14, the company announced it had raised a whopping $102 million in a Series A investment round, the largest in history for an AI company.
Element AI, Entelo and CognitiveScale Attract VC Investments in AI

Blog

June 16, 2017

How Blue Apron Compares to Other Subscriptions in One Graph

How Blue Apron Compares to Other Subscriptions in One Graph

News

June 15, 2017

Seattle’s Highspot raises $15M from Shasta Ventures and Salesforce Ventures to build out AI-powered sales tools

Highspot thinks its artificial intelligence models are making sales organizations much more efficient, and it has raised $15 million in new funding to go out and prove it at scale.
Seattle’s Highspot raises $15M from Shasta Ventures and Salesforce Ventures to build out AI-powered sales tools

News

June 15, 2017

Kauffman Fellows announces Class 22

The Kauffman Fellows Program has selected 51 investors from five continents to be part of its Class 22.
Kauffman Fellows announces Class 22

Blog

June 15, 2017

Highspot Gives Sales Enablement a Power Boost with AI & ML

I am thrilled to announce that Shasta Ventures is partnering with our friends at Salesforce Ventures to invest in Highspot, the sales enablement leader. For the past 15 years, I’ve invested in companies poised to become leaders in SaaS
Highspot Gives Sales Enablement a Power Boost with AI & ML

News

June 15, 2017

Entelo steps up its AI game with $20M Series C

The race to crown a winner in the AI-powered recruiting software space is onWith both Workey and Mya nabbing rounds in the last few weeks, the timing is prime for a few players to seek advantage in the form of growth capital.
Entelo steps up its AI game with $20M Series C

News

June 9, 2017

Early Stage: Software that can tell a friendly neighbor from a criminal

Deep Sentinel pairs AI with off-the-shelf camerasThe startup’s software recognizes potential threats in the video footage — distinguishing someone stealing your mail from a neighbor walking their dog, for example — and alerts you to them in real time.
Early Stage: Software that can tell a friendly neighbor from a criminal

News

June 8, 2017

Sprint Vector gets your heart racing in VR, but it’s too hard to climb

Virtual reality firm Survios created a fine game with its Raw Data VR shooterIt made me tense and paranoid as I was surrounded by mechanical robots that I had to dispatch with high-tech weaponsSurvios’ new game is Sprint Vector, a VR game where you have to swing your arms to race
Sprint Vector gets your heart racing in VR, but it’s too hard to climb

Blog

June 7, 2017

The Secret behind Dollar Shave Club’s Billion Dollar Success in One Graph

By now, you’ve probably heard of Dollar Shave Club. From that video in 2012, to selling razors to millions of customers, to its acquisition by Unilever for $1B last year, founder/CEO Michael Dubin and the rest of the Dollar Shave Club team has executed incredibly well on many dimensions
The Secret behind Dollar Shave Club’s Billion Dollar Success in One Graph

Blog

June 5, 2017

Anaplan is Unlike Any Company I’ve Ever Seen

Its Connected Planning is the First Integrated Enterprise Application Platform for Knowledge Workers & Decision Makers
Anaplan is Unlike Any Company I’ve Ever Seen

News

May 31, 2017

How this Startup Raised $7.4 Million to Bring AI to Home Security

Deep Sentinel, a newcomer to the scene of home security that has just raised a whopping $7.4 million in venture capital funding thanks to the lead investment of Shasta Ventures and additional investments from the likes of Bezos Expeditions, Lux Capital, and UP2398The company plans to use the funds to advance its plans to incorporate AI technology into home security systems.Deep Sentinel, a newcomer to the scene of home security that has just raised a whopping $7.4 million in venture capital funding thanks to the lead investment of Shasta Ventures and additional investments from the likes of Bezos Expeditions, Lux Capital, and UP2398The company plans to use the funds to advance its plans to incorporate AI technology into home security systems.
How this Startup Raised $7.4 Million to Bring AI to Home Security

News

May 31, 2017

The Funded: Silicon Valley investor startup stakes bought up in 2 big deals

Silicon Valley investors’ stakes in Bay Area startups were bought up in a pair of big dealsHere are the details on those, along with the usual roundup of fundings.
The Funded: Silicon Valley investor startup stakes bought up in 2 big deals

News

May 30, 2017

Lightspeed Venture Partners leads $7 million investment in People.ai’s sales analytics tool

People.ai, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to better predict sales and marketing productivity, today announced funding of $7 million led by Lightspeed Venture PartnersIndex Ventures and Shasta Ventures joined, as well as existing investors Y Combinator and SV Angel.
Lightspeed Venture Partners leads $7 million investment in People.ai’s sales analytics tool

News

May 26, 2017

Martech vendor investment forecast: Sunny with just a few ‘clouds’

Columnist Scott Vaughan recaps a panel from the recent MarTech Conference in San Francisco that focused on investing in the future of marketing technology.
Martech vendor investment forecast: Sunny with just a few ‘clouds’

Blog

May 22, 2017

Augmented Reality in Industry — SF event, May 31

While much of the recent excitement in VR/AR focuses on consumer applications, let us not forget the incredible potential value locked within enterprises and industry.
Augmented Reality in Industry — SF event, May 31

News

May 22, 2017

Mocana raises $11 million with aim to ‘revolutionise’ IoT security

Mocana announced it has raised $11 million from Sway Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Trident Capital Fund and GE Ventures making the total amount it rose to $93.6 million adding the capital.
Mocana raises $11 million with aim to ‘revolutionise’ IoT security

News

May 19, 2017

Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit card affiliated painsShasta Ventures led the Series A and was joined by the company’s earlier backers — Cowboy Ventures and AITVSilicon Valley Bank also invested.
Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

Blog

May 17, 2017

The Farmer’s Dog

At Shasta, one of the things we get most excited about is when we meet an entrepreneur who has a unique insight about their customer and the market opportunity. When Michael Dubin told us his vision to build an emotional brand in the commodity category of razors, and how many guys would resonate with his messaging, our ears perked up
The Farmer’s Dog

News

May 17, 2017

The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

The Farmer’s Dog wants to fill the bowls of canines everywhere with fresh food made especially for themBased in New York City, the startup plans to expand its dog food delivery service after closing a $8.1 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures.
The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

News

May 17, 2017

The Not-So-New Promise Of The Subscription Economy

The idea underlying the subscription economy is hardly a new one—the subscription business model first emerged during the 17th century as a way for authors to sell atlases, geographies, histories, and works of literature on an ongoing basis.
The Not-So-New Promise Of The Subscription Economy

News

May 17, 2017

The Farmer's Dog Raises $8M To Bring Made-To-Order Dog Food To Your Door

The Farmer’s Dog, the maker of freshly-made and personalized meals for your dog delivered direct to your door, is one such company working to improve the well-being of your petToday, it announced that it’s closed a $8.1M Series A round led by Shasta Ventures with participation from previous investors such as Forerunner Ventures, Collaborative Fund and SV Angel.
The Farmer's Dog Raises $8M To Bring Made-To-Order Dog Food To Your Door

Events

May 16, 2017

VR Tuesday: The digital 3D / VR / AR world is now...

May 16, 2017 Join us at VR Tuesday #9 to talk about how entrepreneurs, creators, developers, and enthusiasts can make money in the burgeoning VR / AR / 3D industry today.
VR Tuesday: The digital 3D / VR / AR world is now...

News

May 15, 2017

App analytics company Apteligent acquired by VMware

VMware announced today that it has acquired Apteligent, a startup that will allow it to provide more tools to customers building and optimizing mobile apps.
App analytics company Apteligent acquired by VMware

News

May 9, 2017

Social music startup Smule raises $54M for Asian expansion

Smule, maker of Sing! Karaoke and other social music apps, announced yesterday that it has raised $54 million in a round led by Chinese company Tencent.
Social music startup Smule raises $54M for Asian expansion

News

May 8, 2017

San Francisco-based social music platform Smule raises $54 million

Smule makes apps for creating and remixing music such as “Sing! Karaoke” where users can sing with friends and “Auto Rap,” which lets users turn speech into rap using autotune and other techniques.
San Francisco-based social music platform Smule raises $54 million

Blog

April 28, 2017

How VCs Lost their Minds in Consumer (Again)

First, let me be clear that Shasta Ventures is deeply committed to consumer businesses
How VCs Lost their Minds in Consumer (Again)

Blog

April 28, 2017

VR, Autonomous Cars, and the Rise of Shadow Email: Headlines You May Have Missed This Week

As we close out another busy week, we’re sharing a few headlines from around the web that feature Shasta and our amazing portfolio companies
VR, Autonomous Cars, and the Rise of Shadow Email: Headlines You May Have Missed This Week

News

April 28, 2017

Deep Sentinel raises $7.4M to bring deep learning to home security

Deep Sentinel, a home security startup, today announced that it had closed a $7.4 million Series A led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Bezos Expeditions, Lux Capital, and UP2398.
Deep Sentinel raises $7.4M to bring deep learning to home security

Blog

April 23, 2017

Why is a 1994 Ford F-250 a Great Product?

Often people ask me about what I drive
Why is a 1994 Ford F-250 a Great Product?

News

April 19, 2017

The Funded: Sapho, Avegant and Muri raise rounds

A startup that helps businesses build “micro apps,” another that makes holographic or mixed reality headsets and a digital health company aimed at cardiac patients are the latest in the Bay Area to raise money.
The Funded: Sapho, Avegant and Muri raise rounds

News

April 19, 2017

The 7 Businesses Venture Capitalists Are Really Interested In

VCs fill us in on the sectors likely to score major financing in the months and years ahead.
The 7 Businesses Venture Capitalists Are Really Interested In

Events

April 18, 2017

VR Tuesday: Create engaging VR/AR experiences

Apr 18, 2017 Join us at VR Tuesday #8 to talk about how to create engaging VR/AR/MR experiences that users LOVEHear from industry experts and meet other entrepreneurs, creators, developers, and enthusiasts and share thoughts on how to make money in the burgeoning VR / AR industry today.
VR Tuesday: Create engaging VR/AR experiences

Blog

April 18, 2017

No Restrictions: Sharing the Secrets of Entrepreneurship on SiriusXM

Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director and founder of Shasta Ventures, is a regular co-host on Launch Pad, a live broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio. The show, airing Wednesdays at 4 pm PT (7 pm ET), is produced by Wharton Business Radio and provides insights and first-hand accounts from founders, venture capitalists, and serial entrepreneurs
No Restrictions: Sharing the Secrets of Entrepreneurship on SiriusXM

Blog

April 17, 2017

I Almost Feel Sorry for United

United’s recent handling of the forced disembarkation of a passenger in Chicago will go down in history as a textbook example of the power of social media. The only company I’ve ever publicly complained about on a regular basis is United
I Almost Feel Sorry for United

Blog

April 5, 2017

It’s Better the Second Time Around

I had the honor of hosting Jon Miller for a Q&A session at the recent SaaStr conference in San Francisco
It’s Better the Second Time Around

Blog

April 5, 2017

5 lessons learned from a startup pivot

Late last year, my friend Shripriya Mahesh interviewed me about my experience as a founder and startup CEO for Omidyar Network’s podcast, Founder’s Corner
5 lessons learned from a startup pivot

Blog

March 31, 2017

From Diving with Sharks to the Age of Connected Planning: The Shasta Team, Zuora, Anaplan and…

It’s been a busy week for Shasta and our portfolio companies
From Diving with Sharks to the Age of Connected Planning: The Shasta Team, Zuora, Anaplan and…

Blog

March 22, 2017

Welcoming SlamData to Shasta Ventures Portfolio

SlamData co-founder and CTO, John De Goes, pioneered a new form of mathematics
Welcoming SlamData to Shasta Ventures Portfolio

News

March 21, 2017

Drone-catchers Emerge on a New Aerial Frontier

The enemy drone whined in the distanceThe Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit.
Drone-catchers Emerge on a New Aerial Frontier

Events

March 21, 2017

VR Tuesday: How to make $$$ now in VR/AR

Mar 21, 2017 Join us at VR Tuesday #7 to talk about how entrepreneurs, creators, developers, and enthusiasts can make money in the burgeoning VR / AR industry today.
VR Tuesday: How to make $$$ now in VR/AR

News

March 19, 2017

LeanData Raises $5.1M In Series A From Shasta Ventures To Help Customers Make Sense Of Salesforce Data

LeanData, a startup that helps SMB customers tap into their Salesforce.com databases and manage leads better, is today raising $5.1 million in Series A funding led by Shasta Ventures and several other investors including Felicis Ventures, Correlation Ventures and the FundersClub.
LeanData Raises $5.1M In Series A From Shasta Ventures To Help Customers Make Sense Of Salesforce Data

News

March 18, 2017

Car owners tap into sharing economy to help offset costs

Patrick Campbell talks about how he rents his vehicles out through Turo, an app that makes car renting available in a process similar to Airbnb.
Car owners tap into sharing economy to help offset costs

News

March 6, 2017

These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of

There are a few early clues that a startup will be successful, according to market researcher Quid: Have the company’s founders worked together before? Is the business in a hot sector, one where many other new startups are also focusing? Has it raised funding at a quick pace? Based on those criteria and others, Quid looked at more than 50,000 companies and chose 50 it deemed the most promising.
These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of

News

March 2, 2017

NFX Guild adds 21 startups to alumni base

NFX Guild, a San Francisco-based accelerator program, hosted 21 startups at its fourth demo day this morningThe presenting companies are the latest additions to NFX Guild’s network of 66 alumni companies, which include Goldenkey, Ivy, and Zengaming.
NFX Guild adds 21 startups to alumni base

News

February 22, 2017

SlamData raises $6.7 million to provide business analytics for non-relational data

SlamData, which provides a business intelligence (BI) tool for enterprises, announced today a funding round of $6.7 million.
SlamData raises $6.7 million to provide business analytics for non-relational data

News

February 21, 2017

Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

As our society continues to devalue facts and statistics, Data.world, a two year old data collaboration startup out of Austin, Texas, is fighting back with its passionate community of data nerds.
Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

News

February 21, 2017

Data.world raises $18.7 million to connect open data sets

Shortage of data isn’t an issue right now, but combing through it and making sense of it isData.world is trying to address this by providing a social media network that allows users to connect and share different sets of dataThe Austin, Texas-based startup announced today a funding round of $18.7 million.
Data.world raises $18.7 million to connect open data sets

News

February 17, 2017

Predictive sales startup Aviso raises $8 million

Aviso, which provides sales forecasting enhanced with machine learning for businesses, today announced a funding round of $8 million.
Predictive sales startup Aviso raises $8 million

Blog

February 17, 2017

The Annual Kickoff Meeting

I attended the annual kickoff meeting for one of my portfolio companies recently
The Annual Kickoff Meeting

News

February 16, 2017

49ers, NBA’s Jeremy Lin part of $15 million Series A for Plays.tv and its game-recording service

Plays.tv announced today that it has received $15 million in Series A fundingInvestment firm Shasta Ventures led the funding, but the San Francisco 49ers and NBA player Jeremy Lin also contributedThis is another example of people and groups from the world of real sports investing in video games, following the Philadelphia 76ers acquisition of esports teams last year.
49ers, NBA’s Jeremy Lin part of $15 million Series A for Plays.tv and its game-recording service

Events

February 15, 2017

VR Tuesday: Builders in VR/AR

Feb 15, 2017 Join us at VR Tuesday #6 to talk to builders about creating great applications, experiences, and businesses in VR & AR.
VR Tuesday: Builders in VR/AR

Blog

February 1, 2017

Nascent VR Ecosystem, Just Add Water: VR Investor Education, Feb 8 in SF

The VR industry is young.
Nascent VR Ecosystem, Just Add Water: VR Investor Education, Feb 8 in SF

News

January 23, 2017

Marketo cofounder Phil Fernandez lands at Shasta Ventures

Shasta Ventures‘ investment team has added a new venture partner, bringing on board Marketo’s cofounder and former chief executive, Phil Fernandez, to make investments in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies.
Marketo cofounder Phil Fernandez lands at Shasta Ventures

Blog

January 23, 2017

Welcoming Marketo’s Phil Fernandez to Shasta

I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Phil Fernandez, co-founder and former CEO of Marketo, as a Venture Partner here at Shasta Ventures
Welcoming Marketo’s Phil Fernandez to Shasta

News

January 18, 2017

Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today

Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will put its autonomous ground-delivery robots to work delivering food with Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, Calif.
Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today

News

January 17, 2017

Survios to launch Raw Data game in virtual reality arcades

Virtual reality game creator Survios said today that its action VR game Raw Data will debut in VR arcades around the world in 2017.
Survios to launch Raw Data game in virtual reality arcades

Events

January 17, 2017

VR Tuesday: 2017 The Year of Opportunity in VR & AR

January 17, 2017 Join us at VR Tuesday #5 to kick off 2017 in the world of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality!!
VR Tuesday: 2017 The Year of Opportunity in VR & AR

Blog

January 13, 2017

Why Shasta Invested in an Estonian Starship

Earlier today, Starship Technologies announced Shasta’s investment as part of a $17 million round
Why Shasta Invested in an Estonian Starship

News

January 10, 2017

Is Tech's Next Hot Thing a Lukewarm Investment?

Systems such as the Nest thermostat may change the way millions of homes run—but they won’t change much for institutional investors.
Is Tech's Next Hot Thing a Lukewarm Investment?

Blog

January 4, 2017

Is Fitness a Killer App for VR?

I was taken by a recent VR article titled “30 Days of Raw Data Fitness Challenge” – the author created her own fitness challenge for her husband, where he had to play Survios’ Raw Data on an HTC Vive system every day for 20 minutes for 30 days, and wear a fitness tracker while he played
Is Fitness a Killer App for VR?

News

January 2, 2017

What venture capitalists are looking for at CES 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in Las Vegas this week for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but what will get everyone buzzing this year?
What venture capitalists are looking for at CES 2017

Blog

December 31, 2016

10 predictions and opportunities for virtual and augmented reality in 2017

2016 was “Year Zero” for the current wave of consumerization of virtual reality and augmented reality, devices are finally shipping, consumers are buying, and applications are earning.
10 predictions and opportunities for virtual and augmented reality in 2017

Blog

December 29, 2016

Privacy & Hacking Aren’t the Real Long-Term Issues for Consumer IoT

I wonder if they’ve started to write business school case studies on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Privacy & Hacking Aren’t the Real Long-Term Issues for Consumer IoT

Events

December 13, 2016

VR Tuesday: Finding success in VR

December 13, 2016 Join us at VR Tuesday #4 to learn from industry leaders on lessons learned and best practices for finding success distributing and monetizing their VR applications.
VR Tuesday: Finding success in VR

News

December 13, 2016

VR game studio Survios raises $50 million led by MGM, Lux Capital

VR game maker Survios announced today that it has raised $50 million over a pair of funding rounds, a good chunk of which comes from MGM, who led one of the two rounds, with Lux Capital leading the otherShasta Ventures, Danhua Capital, Shanda Holdings, Felicis Ventures and Dentsu Ventures also participated in the rounds.
VR game studio Survios raises $50 million led by MGM, Lux Capital

Blog

December 13, 2016

Why We Led Survios’ Series A Years Ago.

Where were you on March 27, 2014? I was in San Francisco, on a very steep street, walking into a nondescript blue apartment building. Arriving in a basement studio apartment high in the hills south of downtown San Francisco, at 492 Clipper Street, I donned a backpack and a 3-D printed, ill-fitting head-mounted display
Why We Led Survios’ Series A Years Ago.

Blog

December 12, 2016

Investing in emerging platforms at Shasta Ventures

I’m ecstatic to share that I’ve joined the investing team at Shasta Ventures as Principal focused on emerging platforms — with an initial focus in Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality.
Investing in emerging platforms at Shasta Ventures

News

December 9, 2016

Putting The Connected In Connected Homes: Eero's Powerful WiFi

Nick Weaver, founder and CEO of eero, set out to solve WiFi problems in homes across the country by building a holistic WiFi system.
Putting The Connected In Connected Homes: Eero's Powerful WiFi

Blog

December 5, 2016

Where Do Magical Hardware Experiences Come From?

No matter where you live, or who you are, everyone gets excited when they see a rainbow
Where Do Magical Hardware Experiences Come From?

News

November 16, 2016

Zwift, a multiplayer game that’s making indoor athletics more social, just raised $27 million

If you haven’t heard of Zwift, founded two years ago in Long Beach, Ca., you aren’t aloneBut investors have been following the companyIts massive, multiplayer video game technology, which caters to indoor cyclists, just attracted $27 million in Series A funding in a round that brings Zwift’s total funding to $45 million. The round was led by the private equity firm Novator Partners out of London, with participation from Shasta Ventures and others.
Zwift, a multiplayer game that’s making indoor athletics more social, just raised $27 million

Blog

October 20, 2016

Is VR the Next 3-D TV?  Yes and No.

I remember many years ago when people in the electronics industry were convinced that 3-D TV was going to be the next big thing in consumer technology
Is VR the Next 3-D TV?  Yes and No.

Blog

September 26, 2016

3% of Y Combinator Summer 2016 Batch are VR Companies

Three companies out of YC’s latest Summer 16 batch of 92 companies (which were publicly disclosed) are focused on VR uses and applications.
3% of Y Combinator Summer 2016 Batch are VR Companies

Blog

September 23, 2016

Hold on to your hat...here comes the VR arms race

Excitement for Virtual Reality has been building for some time, but come October 2016 we will enter the first round of the title fight.
Hold on to your hat...here comes the VR arms race

News

September 23, 2016

Apptio rises 41% in cloud IPO

Seattle-based Apptio went public on the Nasdaq today, seeing its shares rise nearly 41 percent on its first day of trading.
Apptio rises 41% in cloud IPO

News

September 23, 2016

Hold on to your hat … here comes the VR arms race

Excitement for virtual reality has been building for some time, but come October 2016 we will enter the first round of the title fight.
Hold on to your hat … here comes the VR arms race

News

September 14, 2016

Canva raises $15 million at a $345 million valuation for its online design tool

Canva has raised an additional $15 million for its online design platform, putting the company at a $345 million valuation.
Canva raises $15 million at a $345 million valuation for its online design tool

Blog

July 26, 2016

Launching VR Tuesday! A regular meet up for creators, monetizers and investors in VR & AR

Join us for VR Tuesday!
Launching VR Tuesday! A regular meet up for creators, monetizers and investors in VR & AR

News

July 19, 2016

Unilever buys on-demand toiletry service Dollar Shave Club for reportedly $1 billion

Unilever is making an investment in the on-demand space, announcing today that it has purchased Dollar Shave Club, reportedly for $1 billion.
Unilever buys on-demand toiletry service Dollar Shave Club for reportedly $1 billion

News

July 12, 2016

Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

Brandcast, a startup allowing marketers and designers build mobile-friendly websites without having to write code, announced today that it has raised $13.9 million in Series A funding.
Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

Blog

July 10, 2016

Tattoos & Recommendation Engines

Recently, Pinterest started sending me a lot of tattoo recommendations – here’s the latest: This was the second tattoo recommendation email that was sent to me on Saturday alone
Tattoos & Recommendation Engines

Blog

June 21, 2016

Our Investment in Pearl

Over three years ago, Matt Rogers introduced me to Bryson Gardner, a former colleague of his at Apple
Our Investment in Pearl

Blog

June 1, 2016

20VC Podcast with Nikhil, Investor @ Shasta Ventures

One of Nikhil’s main passions is self-driving cars and so today’s show will be centered around the proliferation of autonomous vehicles and what that means for us as a society?
20VC Podcast with Nikhil, Investor @ Shasta Ventures

News

May 25, 2016

Eero raises $50M and partners with Best Buy to sell the router Apple should have made

Eero, the hardware company behind a system of good-looking home routers — announced today that it has picked up a $50 million investment led by Menlo Ventures and Index Ventures. First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Playground Global —all previous Eero investors — also participated in the funding round.
Eero raises $50M and partners with Best Buy to sell the router Apple should have made

News

May 12, 2016

Accion Systems raises $7.5 million in Series A to accelerate production of miniature space thrusters

Accion Systems, the company developing miniature space propulsion systems, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding led by Shasta Ventures.
Accion Systems raises $7.5 million in Series A to accelerate production of miniature space thrusters

News

May 10, 2016

Shasta Ventures partner on the 'brain damage' that happens when a startup's value crashes

Nihkil Basu Trivedi got his start as an entrepreneur early: in 2009, during his sophomore year at Princeton, he founded a startup called Artsy that helps art collectors find contemporary worksArtsy is still going strong today with over 100 employeesLater on in 2012, he joined Shasta Ventures, where he focuses on consumer tech startups, plus education, health care, and other areas of interest.
Shasta Ventures partner on the 'brain damage' that happens when a startup's value crashes

Blog

April 22, 2016

The Pendulums of Venture Capital

The venture capital industry, like most investing asset classes, is subject to pendulums of sentiment and emotion
The Pendulums of Venture Capital

News

April 10, 2016

Ground delivery robots: Passing fancy or next wave?

Ground robots will be bringing us everything from canned goods to Christmas lights sooner than we thinkFor example, this past Wednesday, Andreessen Horowitz announced it had led a $2 million investment in Dispatch, a company whose self-driving ground delivery robots look like minibars on wheels.
Ground delivery robots: Passing fancy or next wave?

Blog

March 26, 2016

SaaStr Podcast #007: Doug Pepper, General Partner @ Shasta Ventures Discusses What It Takes to Attract Series A Investors in SaaS

Welcome to Episode #7 of the SaaStr Podcast. I am thrilled to welcome Doug Pepper, Partner at Shasta. Doug is a master when it comes to SaaS investments, with his companies generating over $500m in revenue in 2015, having funded the likes of Marketo, Optimizely and Flurry.
SaaStr Podcast #007: Doug Pepper, General Partner @ Shasta Ventures Discusses What It Takes to Attract Series A Investors in SaaS

Blog

February 24, 2016

Zen and the Art of Connected Hardware

There’s a classic novel that’s dwelled, unread, on my bookshelf for nearly 30 years
Zen and the Art of Connected Hardware

Blog

February 24, 2016

Zen and the Art of Connected Hardware

There’s a classic novel that’s dwelled, unread, on my bookshelf for nearly 30 years
Zen and the Art of Connected Hardware

Blog

February 5, 2016

Watch the Costs of Business Inputs, Not Late-Stage Valuations

Everywhere I’ve traveled over the last few weeks, everyone asks me the same question: What’s going on with valuations in Silicon Valley?  (and has the bubble burst?) I think this is the wrong question to ask
Watch the Costs of Business Inputs, Not Late-Stage Valuations

Blog

January 13, 2016

“CES is cool again”

After I got back into the office after attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, this was the first thing one of my partners had to say to me at our weekly Monday meeting
“CES is cool again”

Blog

November 13, 2015

Later today I’ll be giving this presentation on how to brand...

How to Build a Great Hardware Brand from Robert Coneybeer Later today I’ll be giving this presentation on how to brand connected hardware companies at a hardware workshop in Hong Kong.
Later today I’ll be giving this presentation on how to brand...

Blog

November 4, 2015

Turo

A lot has changed since Shasta first invested in RelayRides over four years ago
Turo

Blog

September 17, 2015

"Dad, Could You Put the Giraffe On?”

My oldest daughter often texts me when she wants something
"Dad, Could You Put the Giraffe On?”

Blog

July 2, 2015

Last week I gave this keynote presentation at the O’Reilly SOLID...

Last week I gave this keynote presentation at the O’Reilly SOLID hardware conference in San Francisco
Last week I gave this keynote presentation at the O’Reilly SOLID...

Blog

June 1, 2015

A Fresh Start (on my iPhone)

Forget the idea of “email bankruptcy” … I’ve declared “application bankruptcy” on my iPhone. Yesterday I returned from vacation, and went to sync my iPhone with iTunes on my desktop at home
A Fresh Start (on my iPhone)

News

May 5, 2015

Doctor on Demand names former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson as new CEO

Telemedicine provider Doctor on Demand has reshuffled its leadership, replacing its founding CEO Adam Jackson with former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson.
Doctor on Demand names former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson as new CEO