Greymatter offers perspectives and stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and business leaders. The featured company builders share personal and insightful lessons while shedding light on common, relatable challenges in the entrepreneurial journey.
CEO & Co-Founder of Airbnb
Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky joined Greylock partner Reid Hoffman on Greylock's Iconversations speaker series to talk about how he guided Airbnb from an 80% loss within the first two months of the pandemic to a record-breaking IPO by the end of 2020; why Silicon Valley needs to redefine how it measures growth; how Chesky’s design background informs Airbnb’s business strategy; and, ultimately, the importance of putting people first.
CEO of Zoom
When Covid-19 pandemic hit, suddenly, everything was happening on Zoom. CEO and founder Eric Yuan, who founded the company in 2011 as an enterprise service, told Greylock's Sarah Guo they were able to meet the surge in demand thanks to the company's customer-centric approach. Today, Zoom a lasting everyday part of work, school, entertainment, healthcare, and everything else.
CEO of Nextdoor
Nextdoor is willing to take some risks on its mission to build the neighborhood network. CEO Sarah Friar shared how Nextdoor has deployed tools that may impact growth, but are ultimately, "the right thing to do in order to build communities." Sarah joined Greylock general partner and Nextdoor board member David Sze on Greylock's Iconversations speaker series to discuss how the company strives to reflect the communities of the world.
President & COO of Salesforce
Salesforce President and COO Bret Taylor talks with Greylock general partner Sarah Guo on Greylock's Iconversations series. During this discussion, Bret talks about lessons learned from his career as a product developer, two-time startup founder, and an operations leader within several large tech companies. He also talks about the high-profile acquisitions he has led at Salesforce, and lays out his vision for the future of the all-digital, work-anywhere world.
Co-CEO of Ariel Investments
Ariel Investments President and co-CEO Mellody Hobson, who was recently named the chair of the board of Starbucks Corporation, joins Greylock general partner Reid Hoffman. Hobson, who is the first black woman to chair a Fortune 500 board, shares highlights from her career as an investor, board member, financial educator and philanthropist, and discusses the fundamental changes necessary to diversify corporate America.
Forbes Senior Editor
Forbes senior editor Alex Konrad has been covering VC and startups for nearly a decade. While many founders have learned how to work well with press, the learning curve is steep, and Konrad sees persistent miscommunication, misunderstanding, and misinformation between the two. Compounding the issue, today’s startup founders have to navigate the increasingly blurred lines of journalism, marketing, social media, and company-directed content, and then try to figure out where their story fits in.