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Find the latest news generated by Threshold’s team and portfolio company founders regarding announcements, perspectives, and leadership initiatives.

Why “Make It, Don’t Fake It” is the Best Advice for Leaders

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Sabrina Horn shares tips on how to "make it” authentically, instead of faking your way to success.

Isabelle Kenyon, Calibrate — Founder Story

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"For me, the biggest lesson was entirely about dialing up my empathy."

Doximity IPO

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Congratulations to Doximity on the successful completion of its initial public offering, a major milestone in their journey to help physicians provide better care for patients.

Uncharted Podcast with Josh Stein

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Josh shares stories about working with the founders at Box and Twilio and his framework for founders thinking about executive hiring.

Devaki Raj, CrowdAI — Founder Story

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"We had the mentality that we weren’t going to build a startup for the sake of building a startup. We wanted to build a company that could grow to shape the way people work."

Clearing Announces $20M Seed

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Threshold Partner Emily Melton: “We are excited about companies like this, which have a social moral imperative to bring care to patients that don’t have access."

Sticky Storytelling

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Sticky storytelling is an art — but it’s an art with a ton of work behind it. Communications execs Trevor Hammond and Mike Baker share their sticky-storytelling strategies.

$14M Series A for Avenue 8

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Threshold Partner Chirag Chotalia on co-leading the $14 million Series A for real estate agent solution Avenue 8.

Zymergen Goes Public

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Threshold Partner Andreas Stavropoulos reflects on Zymergen's "tremendous journey" from startup to IPO.

Arye Barnehama, Elementary Robotics — Founder Story

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"We can turn ideas into reality. You can take these thoughts out of your mind and make them real. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that."

AI for the Crowd

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Partner Mo Islam on Threshold's $6.25 million leading investment in CrowdAI, a no-code, visual AI platform.

The Empathic VC: Supporting Founders & Giving Startups Time To Develop

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Partner Josh Stein on how Threshold champions founders by supplying them with support and giving them time to develop.

From Senegal to Silicon Valley

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Zoox CEO Aicha Evans plots a course for societal impact and improvement

BetterUp adds Prince Harry as Chief Impact Officer

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Coaching and mental health firm BetterUp hires Prince Harry as chief impact officer: "Proactive coaching provides endless possibilities for an all-round better life.”

Kyna Fong, Elation Health — Founder Story

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"We didn't set out to be entrepreneurs. We didn’t have a time horizon in which we needed to make X number of dollars. We just believed in solving this problem." 

How to Develop, Reinforce, and Live By Company Values

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Internal communications consultant Daria Kissner on company values that inspire, inform, and connect colleagues — especially when real-life connections are hard to come by.

Going Public: Creating and Communicating the Very Best IPO Experience

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Communications leaders at two companies that went public during the pandemic share lessons learned in today’s IPO environment.

Startups That Solve Pain Points Are Poised For Success

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Threshold's Chirag Chotalia on the rise new technologies to "solve the pain points of ordinary Americans."

Calibrate Announces $22.5 Million Series A

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 “Authentically caring about the problem, and putting the consumer in the center, are almost always my best investments,” Threshold's Emily Melton on leading Calibrate's Series A.

Remote visits make digital health a strong bet for 2021

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Threshold's Emily Melton on consumer demand for digital services and how that affects investment opportunities for 2021.

Five Questions with Threshold's Chirag Chotalia

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Threshold Partner Chirag Chotalia answers five questions about his career in VC, including what problem he would like to see a startup solve.

Is this a VC bubble, or just the new normal?

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"What was irrational a couple years ago is more rational today because of what we're seeing on the exit side," said Threshold Partner Chriag Chotalia on the current state of VC. 

Threshold Partner Chirag Chotalia Looks to 2021

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Threshold Partner Chirag Chotalia on the most challenging aspect of the pandemic in the past year and looking ahead to 2021

IPOs: A hot year for tech offerings

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IPOs in 2020 from the health, biotech or technology arenas. 

Forbes Healthcare Awards 2020: Telemedicine’s Netscape Moment

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“It’s the ‘Netscape’ moment for digital health,” says Threshold Partner Emily Melton, referring to Teladoc’s nearly $20 billion deal to buy Livongo.

IPO Mania: Investors Pile Into Tech Stocks

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Threshold Ventures' Emily Melton spoke with Fortune's Brian O'Keefe about public market trends she's seen that will carry over into 2021.

29 top VCs share 2021 healthcare predictions

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Threshold Partner Emily Melton believes consumer experience will be critical to any healthcare startup hoping to succeed in 2021

Why Category Creation is a Long Game, Played with Creativity

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“There are a lot of great folks talking about category creation, but what I found is that there wasn’t an operator’s manual for how to do it,” says Anthony Kennada, Front CMO.

AutoLeap: Empowering Underdogs in the Auto Aftermarket

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Partner Chirag Chotalia on Threshold's investment in AutoLeap and why he is bullish on platforms that help SMBs.

Magnus Hillestad, Sanity - Founder Story

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"I love to see people having a good time and achieving something. I love to see things working. I love to see people develop as we build a business culture."

AutoLeap Entrepreneurs Are Crushing Goliath

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Forbes profiles AutoLeap co-founders Steve Lau and Rameez Ansari and gets insight on their journey as entrepreneurs, their fight for inclusiveness, and their mission to transport small business to the 21st century.

EdgeQ: Powering the 5G Economy

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EdgeQ is developing an open and programmable system-on-a-chip for next-generation 5G edge networks. Threshold was the founding investor. Partner Mo Islam shares insights on the investment.

Insights from Threshold's mental well-being webinar

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Research psychologist Damian Vaughn, PhD, on coping with the pandemic era’s mental-health challenges.

From Series A to Public Company: Shift Takes the Road Less Traveled

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Congratulations to Shift (NASDAQ: SFT) for building a successful online platform dedicated to providing a better used car buying and selling experience.

Content Management, Redefined

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Partner Josh Stein gives insights on Threshold's lead investment in the Series A round for Sanity, a next-generation, developer-focused content management platform.

Jake Sattelmair, Wellframe - Founder Story

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"My rowing coach told me something that’s served me well since: he said don’t let your highs get too high or your lows get too low." 

“The Kids Aren’t Alright”

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Threshold Partner Emily Melton gives insight into our investment in Brightline, where licensed therapists and psychiatrists provide one-on-one virtual sessions with children who need treatment for a myriad of conditions.

Carolyn Witte and Felicity Yost, Tia - Founder Story

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Tia co-founders Carolyn Witte and Felicity Yost on their partnership and why women's health affects all of us.

Changing Company Culture to Include Kids — and Keep Parents Sane

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Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, the chief innovation officer for BetterUp, and Kim Vu, global head of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Remitly, share their strategies for lifting up parents and caregivers with both practical and emotional support.

Careers Don’t Just Happen: They’re the Product of Goal-Setting and Planning

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Shellye Archambeau, the former CEO of MetricStream, on getting her first break and building a personal brand.

Threshold Partner Josh Stein Talks Power Dynamics

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"I don’t think this has been a mustache-twisting moment for investors. I do think people are more reasonable — more willing to get to know investors, maybe not as focused on optimizing so much. It feels more normal to me." Josh Stein

When Business as Usual is Unusual, What Do You Do?

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There is no playbook to help figure out the best strategy in a world suddenly turned upside down by the pandemic. Instead, it has been a time for constant improvisation as organizations discover through trial-and-error what works and what doesn’t.

Leading by Example on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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In recent years, all of us, from founders to advisors to top executives, have given serious thought to building diverse and inclusive businesses. We got advice from the very diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leaders around, who shared their DEI vision and lessons learned with us in our leadership webinar series. 

Elementary, my dear Robot

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I’m thrilled to announce Threshold is leading a $12.7M Series A investment in Elementary Robotics, a software-defined robotics company applying deep learning-based computer vision to industrial inspection. 

Neil Carson, Yellowbrick — Founder Story

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"Straight after university, we started our business because it was the only way to really work on what we were passionate about. That we could get paid to do our hobby seemed like a wonderful thing."

Treat the Patient, Not the Disease

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When I first met with Carolyn Witte and Felicity Yost, the co-founders of Tia, I was impressed with their vision, but even more so when they helped me understand the importance of fixing how we care for half of the population.

Video: Leadership in a Crisis

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Threshold Partner Heidi Roizen shares ten concepts that can guide leaders in times of crisis.

Databook: Empowering Sales Teams with AI-driven Insights

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We are thrilled to announce that we’ve led a $5M seed round for Databook, welcoming founder and CEO Anand Shah and his team to Threshold’s portfolio of innovative enterprise solutions.

Beyond the Impossible with Memphis Meats

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Beyond the Impossible with Memphis Meats: The mission of Uma and his team at Memphis Meats is nothing short of world-changing.

Celebrating Five Years of Stanford Fellowship

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Heidi Roizen reflects on Threshold's partnership with Stanford University and Threshold Venture Fellows, a program with intensive study of entrepreneurship within the engineering school.