Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sequoia?s Roelof Botha: R.I.P. Good Times Was No Mistake (And Yes, They Do Read Their Email)
Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha took the stage for an interview with Michael Arrington, where they discussed everything from startup valuations to Sequoia's biggest misses. Early on in the conversation, Arrington asked Botha if Sequoia partners have a lot of internal pressure to perform, or if the firm is patient with investments. Botha says that the firm is indeed patient, but that there's an internal motto: "you're only as good as your next investment", and that partners are always staying hungry. Next, the conversation turned toward the broad array of companies that Botha is involved in ?�he's on the board of Square, Tumblr, Evernote, Meebo, Eventbrite, Unity and other consumer-facing companies. But he's also involved in bioinformatics companies like Gene Security Network (GSN) and AssureRx.