DECIBEL: THE EXPONENTIAL POWER OF ENTREPRENEURS
TRUST ME, IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Jon Sakoda, Founder of Decibel
Today I am excited to announce Decibel, a new early-stage venture capital firm created in partnership with Cisco, a company widely known for its central role in building our networked world. This is the first time a major tech company has co-founded an independent firm outside of its corporate structure in order to focus on the unique needs of today’s entrepreneurs and founders.
DON'T GET COMFORTABLE
Marty Roesch, Founder of Sourcefire
At my very core, I’m really just a geek.
A computer-building, Neuromancer-reading, software writing, hardware hacking, hopelessly passionate geek. That’s been true since I took my family’s TV apart as a kid. My dad, always a sweet and patient man, just asked if I could put it back together again and seemed glad (and relieved) when I managed to do just that.
SOMETIMES PLAN B IS JUST BETTER THAN PLAN A
Mallik Mahalingam, Founder of Springpath
Growing up in a lower middle-class household in Chennai, India, my parents made it very clear to me that if I wanted to have an impact on society, the place to start would be school. I think often there are tropes and stereotypes thrown out there about Indian students, and most of the time they are wrong.
LEAN INTO THE FACE OF THE UNKNOWN
Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding CTO of AppDynamics
I grew up in a lower-middle class family in India and from the time I was a young child, my father had a plan for me. He was a research scientist at the India Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, which is basically like the MIT of India.
THE HACKER CODE: DON’T LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS
Amy Chang, Founder of Accompany
When I was growing up, my dad and I had this ritual every night.
Regardless of whatever else was going on or how much homework I had, when 9 p.m. rolled around, we always made sure we were in front of the TV to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Jon Oberheide, Co-Founder of Duo Security
So the first time I ever met my Duo co-founder Dug, I was trying to hack into his network.
Well, I guess we didn’t “meet” technically. But you’ll see what I mean in a bit.
I grew up in Troy, Michigan and before I consider myself anything else, I was a hacker. That was true from the very first time I ever wrote a program by copying it from a book while I was in middle school.