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So far Ravi Viswanathan has created 24 blog entries.

Forter: The new force behind retail & ecommerce security

April 24th, 2016|Categories: WRITING|

A decade ago, when we heard the term “retail security” it was likely to evoke images of mall security guards patrolling local shopping centers. But now, it’s 2016 and things have changed. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, ecommerce sales were $341.7B last year (up 14.6% ), with ecommerce as a percent of overall retail sales also continuing a steady climb. With the shift in the way people spend, comes the demand to evolve protection [...]

The Power of the Vertical Cloud – Why We Invested in Placester

April 10th, 2015|Categories: WRITING|

Chetan Puttagunta and Ravi Viswanathan At NEA, we have been excited about our thesis in vertical clouds, or enterprise cloud software solutions purpose-built for a specific industry or vertical.  The really interesting verticals are typically massive markets that heretofore have had legacy or antiquated software (if any) or have been run very inefficiently.  One such market is the residential real estate market.  Buying a home is the single biggest financial decision that most Americans make in [...]

Culture: why it matters from day one – and every day after

November 1st, 2014|Categories: SPEAKING|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“Culture, culture, culture.” Nick Woodman & Ravi Viswanathan speaking at NEA’s tech CEO retreat last week, Nick Woodman called out culture again and again as a fundamental and determining factor in his—or any—company’s success. As the founder of recently public GoPro, Nick has spent plenty of time in the trenches telling his story to investors, consumers and employees—being able to articulate how he’s built a wildly successful business, and why it will continue to be [...]

Celebrating Entrepreneurship at Wharton – The Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Dinner (10/8/14)

October 20th, 2014|Categories: WRITING|Tags: , , |

A couple of years ago, I joined the Advisory Board of Wharton Entrepreneurship (WE), which is one of the Wharton Boards and is focused on stimulating and advancing entrepreneurship in the Wharton & Penn communities.  I joined for a few reasons: (1) loyalty to Wharton (i got my MBA there but also went to Penn undergrad and really enjoyed my time there); (2) the cause - I’m passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and really wanted [...]

The Last Mile of Enterprise Applications

October 10th, 2014|Categories: WRITING|

Ravi Viswanathan, Kittu Kolluri, & Aaron Jacobson At NEA we’ve been privileged to help fuel the evolution of enterprise software from on-premise to the cloud by working with category-defining SaaS companies such as WebEx, Salesforce.com, and Workday. We continue to invest in the SaaS transformation of the enterprise, from emerging big data applications (check out our colleague Scott Sandell’s take on this shift) to the rise of industry-specific or “vertical” SaaS—think utilities (Opower) or education [...]

My Wearables “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

October 5th, 2014|Categories: WRITING|

With all of the hype surrounding the Apple Watch, I decided to go through my entire “graveyard” (or more appropriately, my personal “boulevard of broken dreams” given the promise each had) of wearables devices, from smart watches, fitness watches, activity bands, sleep trackers, etc. The tally was over 15 (the picture here only notes the smart/fitness watches & activity bands)! However, I must begin by saying that I’m a total wearables geek and will jump [...]

Acquia: Transforming Digital Business by Bringing Together Content & Commerce

May 27th, 2014|Categories: WRITING|Tags: |

Ravi Viswanathan and Chetan Puttagunta Today, enterprises are faced with the reality that customers want to engage in an end-to-end, cohesive buying experience through the web, across devices and platforms. However, the conventional formula to date has been to build massive marketing operations to create content and equally massive commerce operations to manage transactions. This has created an ecosystem of confusing and fragmented digital experiences that perplexes customers and leads to lost revenue for companies. [...]

Captora: Solving the Marketer’s Dilemma

May 20th, 2014|Categories: WRITING|Tags: |

Scott Sandell, Ravi Viswanathan, and Rick Yang Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Captora, which is revolutionizing demand generation with its cloud marketing solution. The role of marketing within enterprises has become more expansive and more critical than ever before, and marketers are under growing pressure to increase lead pipeline while lowering customer acquisition cost. Yet these two forces are largely opposed to each other, with increasing volume leading to higher incremental cost.  Marketers are [...]

Ravi Viswanathan, NEA, at Oasis Summit 2014

May 13th, 2014|Categories: VIDEOS|Tags: |

The Top 100 Venture Partners on the Planet

March 12th, 2014|Categories: HONORS|Tags: |

Source: AlwaysOn This year, AlwaysOn honors the talented investors in the Global Silicon Valley who have been funding technologies greatest ideas in digital entertainment, on-demand computing, cloud and infrastructure, and digital media. With the advent of a strong layer of early funding options, more companies are coming into the VC sphere with engaging products and well-developed business plans. Competition remains fierce for VC dollars, and the 2013 Venture Capital 100 winners have brought strong products [...]