A Pivot that Worked: The Docker Story

For the vast majority of startups, the path to success is not a linear one.  Nearly all founders face that moment where their company’s continued existence comes into question.  I joined my first startup, Wily Technology, in 1999 right around that moment.  Lew Cirne (also the founder of New Relic) hired me to help b...

The VP of Operations: The New Rising Star of Silicon Valley

Historically the toughest executive jobs to fill at technology startups have been the VP of Engineering and the VP of Product.  However, in the consumer ecommerce sector, a new leadership role has emerged as perhaps the biggest bottleneck to success:  the VP of Operations.  Daily I meet with early stage entrepreneurs at ...

Team, Vision and Culture: Picking a Winner in an Emerging Space

From time to time, Trinity partners host the management team of one of our portfolio companies to an appreciation dinner. It’s our way of honoring their hard work, and gives us a chance to recognize and connect with the extended team that is driving their success. Recently it was my pleasure to invite Brett Wilson, CEO of...

New Relic, Docker Showcase the Coming DevOps Disruption

Here at Trinity, we’ve been following the DevOps movement for quite some time, at least since we made our initial investment in New Relic in 2008.  Despite our conviction and New Relic’s tremendous success, we’ve found that there’s still confusion as to what the fuss is all about.  As a software engineer turned ...