97 posts in "Category: Perspective"

Direct Line with Saurabh Tiwary: What’s Next For Large Foundational Models?

Working with M12 means access to some of the amazing minds at Microsoft. This has given us the privilege to name thoughts leaders like Saurabh Tiwary, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Turing as a scientific advisor to M12.  I recently had the chance to sit down with Saurabh to discuss his views on large language […]

Direct Line with Saurabh Tiwary: Why Large Language Models Matter

Working with M12 means access to some of the amazing minds at Microsoft. This has given us the privilege to name thoughts leaders like Saurabh Tiwary, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Turing as a scientific advisor to M12.  I recently had the chance to sit down with Saurabh to discuss his views on large language […]

Direct Line with Saurabh Tiwary: How Do Large Language Models Work?

Working with M12 means access to some of the amazing minds at Microsoft. This has given us the privilege to name thoughts leaders like Saurabh Tiwary, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Turing as a scientific advisor to M12.  I recently had the chance to sit down with Saurabh to discuss his views on large language […]

Direct Line with Jocelyn Moore, General Manager, Microsoft Global Diversity & Inclusion

Direct Line is a series of interviews with Microsoft execs with an eye toward the startup and VC ecosystem. I sat down with Jocelyn Moore, General Manager, Microsoft Global Diversity & Inclusion and M12 Advisory Board Member, to discuss strategies for founders looking to build diverse and inclusive companies. Jocelyn has met with several of the […]

Growth round fundraising: Strategies and metrics that matter

Last month, we kicked off The Runway Series, a new set of events that provides founders with insights to help their businesses scale.  In Episode 1, Growth round fundraising: Strategies and metrics that matter, we were lucky to be joined by CEO of WorkBoard Deidre Paknad and General Partner at B Capital Group Rashmi Gopinath. Deidre has founded and […]

Leveraging OKRs for alignment and growth

In the summer of 2020, M12 adopted portfolio company solution WorkBoard, an OKR software tool, to keep our globally distributed team focused and accountable. During a period of entirely remote work, WorkBoard enabled our team to better articulate priorities, identify opportunities for cross-team collaboration, and quickly onboard new teammates to the business. WorkBoard’s Sameera Moinpour, VP Strategic Services, […]

A founder’s role in recruiting

“At Swing, we say founders are always recruiting: recruiting customers, investors and talent.”– Debbie Wissel, VP of Growth at SwingSearch I joined M12 from Microsoft’s HR organization, where I held roles in strategy and learning & development. With this background, I’ve been naturally curious about talent opportunities and challenges in the startup ecosystem. In my […]

Enterprise opportunities abound in 2021

Back in April, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella noted that the pace of enterprise tech adoption had accelerated: “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” Whether it was shoring up your team’s WFH collaboration capabilities or increasing the number of remote happy hours on your calendar, COVID-19 has fundamentally upended traditional ways […]

Direct Line with Jason Warner, GitHub CTO

Direct Line is a series of interviews with Microsoft execs with an eye toward the startup and VC ecosystem. Our inaugural Q&A session is with Jason Warner, the Chief Technology Officer of GitHub. Jason filled us in on the software development trends that have his attention, and the framework that he uses to consider if the team […]

Pitching and projecting confidence during COVID

I recently presented a webinar to the All Raise community as part of our National Partnership announcement and M12’s Action Plan Series of content to support startup founders during this difficult economic time. My goal with this content was to equip founders with guidance for navigating digital engagement with investors, offer questions to anticipate for COVID-era fundraising, and provide […]