When We First Met David


David Karp first visited Sequoia in October 2010, when Tumblr was a 12-person blogging startup. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures described David as an inspiration and told us we had to meet him.

What followed was one of the fastest decisions in our firm’s history.

David sat down with a few of us at 11 a.m. It was clear he had identified a problem that he knew about firsthand and he knew how to solve it.

His first objective was creating an easy-to-use, aesthetically-beautiful place for people to express themselves, and to build a network around it to allow people to follow and share what they love.

His presentation said: "Total freedom of expression. An identity you’re truly proud of. A network of people sharing and following the things they love."

Beyond that, though, it was his passion and sincerity that hooked us.

Discussing the remarkable results from the Stanford Innovation Survey with Roelof Botha, Clara Shih, Steve Garrity, Kit Rodgers & Divya Nag.

Roelof Botha on startups: Ditch the polish, it’s about ‘raw authenticity’


Memeburn: What do you look for in a startup?

Roelof Botha: I look for the personal passion of the entrepreneur, their ability to describe the problem/need the address articulately, and the clarity with which they can explain why they have a unique and compelling solution to the problem.

MB: What puts you off when looking at a startup for possible investment?

RB: Unnecessary hyperbole and polish — I much prefer raw authenticity

Great insights from a panel at the recent Evernote conference about making Great Decisions -with  Tim Ferris, Guy Kawasaki and Roelof Botha

Why entrepreneurs should read Snow Crash?  Because science fiction predicts what will happen on the Internet- Roelof Botha at Tech Crunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC: Fireside chat with Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital