What I look for in early stage founders (hint, it’s not pedigree!)

More rigorous than the magic 8-ball

When I made the leap from operating into venture earlier this year, I made a commitment to be as transparent as I can about how I operate as a VC.

First off, transparency is what I would offer…


It’s time to embrace talent mixing and domain hopping

I recently joined the venture world and as I go through the entry phase I am reminded once again of the amazing power of context switching in forging connection and collaboration between professional worlds.

(By the way, I’ve had an amazing first few weeks. The NEA team could not be…


If I could pick a week in which to start off a new chapter, I couldn’t imagine one better than the historic week we just lived through in America. …


This year, SIGH.

This crazy insane 2020. A relentless barrage of maddening news, hyperbolic reactions and a rollercoaster of personal and societal events. Just sucking up all that perfectly good emotional energy, optimism and sanity.

Where to escape from the noise? Books!

At some point this year, I had to…


We watched. We listened. We started the conversation. Now what…

I cannot even begin to summarize this moment. My heart is breaking and my rage is brewing for the violent, dehumanizing, and deeply unfair reality that black Americans face. BLACK LIVES MATTER. Period.

I know many of you are reflecting…


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Perspective shift.

It’s a strange thing that’s crept in over the last 40 days of this contained existence. As life has been stripped down to its essentials, I’m finding myself seeing and noticing more of what this daily life has to offer.

I sit here on a weekday with my…


Follow the money to see who is shaping the next decade of tech

Hold the coffee, I have something to say.

Today, I opened up my Twitter (ahem, too early in the morning, my kids noticed) to the debut news of two new venture capital funds — Moxxie and Acrew…


What we’re doing to change the game for visionary female founders

A few weeks ago the AllRaise Summit invite hit my inbox for the second annual event. It was like someone holding up a billboard sign saying: “Hey there, did you forget something important?” Uh-huh.

Last year the AllRaise Summit…


At Rival we are building a technology platform to transform the $200B live event and ticketing industry, bringing world-class business tools to operate live events, putting fans first in line to connect with their favorite teams and artists, and make the experience safer for all. …


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If you’re starting a company today, you have incredible off-the-shelf tools for just about everything you need to build. We’ve productized the building blocks of software applications with endless APIs, SDKs and developer services. We’ve productized the building blocks of commerce with payments, shipping, marketing APIs. We’ve even productized “work”…

Ann Bordetsky

Thirsty for knowledge, big on impact. Glass 3/4 Full. COO & Biz Dev Exec. Rival, Uber, Twitter alum, angel investor, advisor @January_VC

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