05 Jul July 5, 2018 – Kleiner Perkins’ Randy Komisar and Bug Squasher Kirk Deis
Randy Komisar – Partner at Kleiner Perkins and Author of Straight Talk for Startups: 100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds–From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity
Randy Komisar is the co-author of Straight Talk for Startups (HarperBusiness; 2018). He is a venture capitalist with decades of experience with startups. He is the author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, about the heart and soul of entrepreneurship, as well as numerous articles on leadership and startups. He is also the co-author of Getting to Plan B, on managing innovation, and I F**king Love that Company, on building consumer brands. He taught entrepreneurship at Stanford University and is a frequent lecturer at universities, as well as a regular keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. He joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 to focus on early stage ventures. Prior to that he created the role of “Virtual CEO” to partner with entrepreneurs to help them and their businesses achieve their potential, serving as Virtual CEO for such startups as WebTV and GlobalGiving. He was a co-founder of Claris Corp., and served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics. Randy was a founding director of TiVo and Nest. He served as CFO of GO Corp. and as senior counsel for Apple, following a private practice in technology law. He has also served on dozens of private and public company boards and advises such organizations as Road Trip Nation and the Orrick Women’s Leadership Board.
Kirk Deis is the CEO of Opportunities @ TREEHOUSE 51. Kirk has worked every type of marketing gig you can think of — from web design to PPC, to copywriting, He is a Marketing Guru and launched a creative digital agency – www.Treehouse51.com. Their core solutions are Web Design & Support, PPC Management, Email Marketing, Content Creation, Hosting, & Video Production. He loves making new professional acquaintances. He also recently launched a new piece of bug tracking software that is a great business model too.