Our most recent conversation in part 3 of our Return-to-Office series is about best practices and technology enablement for hybrid work environments. With so many companies facing new configurations for employees and work planning, it’s vital to put the right tools and programs together with fresh thinking about productivity and an evolving work culture.

Need to catch up on the RTO series? Here’s part 1 and part 2.

Our guest for this session was Jay Shirley, Head of Tech Enablement and Remote Hub Site Lead at Stripe. Jay has worked remotely for 15 years and managed teams at Stripe for…


As part of our ongoing Growth Profiles series, meet Ulku Rowe, Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Google Cloud and CapitalG Advisor. Read on to learn why she thinks financial services, long a leader in technology transformation, is still ripe for innovation and growth.

Ulku is a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, working with financial services industry players to help power their digital transformation. Before joining Google, she was a Managing Director of Technology at J.P. Morgan Chase and at Bank of America. Ulku holds an M.S. degree in computer science…


I first met 20 Minute VC podcast host Harry Stebbings four years ago when I went on his stand-out venture-focused podcast for the first time. Since then, he and I have stayed in touch, sharing perspectives on new markets, companies and trends, and I’ve been delighted that my colleagues David Lawee, Gene Frantz and Derek Zanutto have all joined him on his program. Harry has made it his vocation and avocation to understand the inner workings of great investors and entrepreneurs, but he is quite the entrepreneur himself having built a podcast that has amassed more than 450,000 subscribers and…


Congratulations to Zhang Hui and the entire Full Truck Alliance team on becoming a publicly traded company on the NYSE! We’re honored to be your partners on this journey and can’t wait to see what you accomplish next.

By CapitalG investors Gene Frantz and Chengpeng Mou

We first met the Full Truck Alliance (FTA) team on a winter trip to Guiyang in the southwest of China back in February of 2018. The conversations started at 8 am and lasted into the wee hours of the next morning. We were jet lagged, cold (despite the snow outside, the hotel where we…


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By Sadasia McCutchen, Growth Team at CapitalG

Over the last 15 months, COVID has brought sharp focus to the realization that long-term goals (or OKRs) don’t always mesh with real-world events that may require fast pivots. As we continue to explore how to approach a return to the office with business leaders in our portfolio, we’re taking a close look at how to balance more immediate implications of that return with business-as-usual priorities companies have.

HR leaders from CapitalG portfolio companies including Duolingo, Everlaw, Niantic and Unqork recently met with HR leaders from Google to discuss business…


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The transportation industry’s transformation is far from over. While the Covid-boosted popularity of electric bike sales and on-demand delivery caused industry giants like Walmart and Uber to make significant moves (Walmart put more resources to meet consumer e-bike demand, Uber acquired Postmates), the next opportunities—especially around mobility-as-a-service and fleet management led by companies like Convoy and FTA—could mean an even bigger shift in the coming years.

TechCrunch’s Kirsten Korosec spoke with CapitalG founder & general partner David Lawee about the long-term shift in vehicle ownership, remaining opportunities for new startups, and the…


Perhaps no skill is more critical than the personal relationship and communication skills that can make or break a business, especially coming from CEOs. But given the importance of these skills, it’s ironic how little time organizations spend studying them.

We recently invited Dr. Carole Robin to meet with a group of our CapitalG portfolio founders from Collibra, Dataiku, Everlaw, Next Insurance, Notarize, Orca Security, Unqork and more to discuss the value of building and maintaining these connections.

Dr. Robin is a professional relationship researcher, former faculty director of Stanford Graduate School’s legendary “Interpersonal Dynamics” course, and co-author of the…


An important part of our work with founders is to inspire them to think about the future of work in innovative ways. Our Return-to-Office series is designed to help leaders develop a thoughtful approach to getting teams together in new and productive ways and prepare for the economic recovery to come.

As part of the series, a group of HR leaders from CapitalG portfolio companies Duolingo, Thumbtack, Collibra, Unqork, Dataiku, Lyft, and Webflow recently met with several HR leaders from across Google to talk through best practices for employees coming back into an office — and at the same time…


Core to our philosophy of how to best support growing companies is an unwavering belief that expert advising can help strengthen the three core competencies companies need to scale at pace: go-to-market, product & engineering, people & talent.

To underscore our approach, we are proud to announce our 2021 Enterprise GTM Advisory Board. This cohort of industry experts from across Google that will work closely with, and serve as advisors to, our portfolio companies.

These advisors are 23 leaders with a wide-range of growth expertise across CapitalG’s main sectors: enterprise technology, healthcare, financial services, and retail banking. Beyond offering operational…


At this year’s SXSW Online, general partner Laela Sturdy joined host and Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin and Accel partner Arun Mathews to discuss the implications of no code, its future, and what companies can do now to get ahead.

We recommend watching the whole conversation (video below), but for now here are some of Laela’s key insights from ‘The Business Case for No Code.’

Vlad: How can no code help early teams and entrepreneurs get off the ground?

Laela: With no code, you can simply drag and drop through visual interfaces, as opposed to having to code yourself. This functionality means that multiples more people can get into the ecosystem and begin innovating and…

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