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“Clear has been invaluable to us at every stage of our growth.”
Premal Buch, CEO, Robin Systems

The Clear Team is dedicated to the success of the companies we back. Our deep experience in founding companies enables us to help our companies through those critical early stages of growth. On this page, we will expose you to some resources to help you on your journey.

Clear Portfolio Companies click here for detailed resources to help you grow. These resources include Best Practice documents and templates, and our recommendations for proven resources in the following categories:

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2018: NUGGETS OF WISDOM FOR STARTUP SUCCESS

As an early stage venture investor for the past two decades, I have been fortunate to work with many outstanding startup teams, venture capitalists, and industry leaders. The transition from 2017 to 2018 provided me with a window for self-reflection on the patterns of success and failure that I have observed in technology entrepreneurship. This…

Clear Hosts a Sold-Out Blockchain Meetup

As the interest in the Blockchain grows, our interaction with Blockchain entrepreneurs grows as well. Clear hosted 4 speakers covering use cases across education, mobile security, exchanges and other inspired talks. Demand for learning in this space is exploding. Join us for our next meeting. To receive an invitation to our next meeting, join our group…

Customer Success Best Practices Event

Clear believes that the Customer Success organization is not only critically important — but is strategic — to a company’s success. Regardless of the phase of a company’s growth, the company needs to consider the strategic role the Customer Success team will play, and plan for it now. In this Best Practices event, we heard…

Blockchain for Entrepreneurs – Clear Hosts Meetup

The Blockchain will change every industry it touches. Whether we are talking about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Smart Contracts, Distributed Ledger, Dapps, or more, the future will be dominated by the blockchain.

To listen to this presentation, visit here.

If you’d like to join our group, visit this site.

Hundreds of companies are being created every month to take advantage of this new paradigm. This group exists to talk about the opportunities being created for entrepreneurs to take advantage of this massive change in the way businesses and consumers work with each other.

Clear Disruptors Event – Stanford Professor of CS Dr. Kunle Olukotun – Computing Solutions for Machine Learning

Dr. Olukotun is a Stanford Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Director of the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab. His talk on the impact of machine learning included:

  • Recent advances in image recognition, natural language processing, planning, and knowledge base construction
  • Society-scale impact: autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine, and personalized recommendations
  • How developing high-quality machine learning applications requires deep knowledge, custom tools and high-performance computing

Clear Sponsor’s Women’s Events

We at Clear Ventures, like many of you, believe workplace diversity is an increasingly important topic to discuss. We sponsored a workshop on diversity and informal conversations on “Funding Women Entrepreneurs”. The event was a gathering of alumni from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. In addition, Rajeev Madhavan spoke to the entire gathering on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Clear Hosts Presentation Training by Jerry Weissman

Out two-day workshop was taught by the premier coach on presentation skills, Jerry Weissman. Jerry has coached more than 600 CEOs just prior to their IPO roadshow.

Our students included any key individual within our portfolio companies that might present to investors, customers, outside organizations and even employees. The skills gained in this workshop make all the difference when attempting to influence any audience.

Why VCs Say No – And How To Get Them To Say Yes

The famous scientist Louis Pasteur popularized the Latin phrase “Fortuna favet menti paratae”, or “fortune favors the prepared.” Nowhere is this more important than when entrepreneurs seek to raise venture capital (VC) funding. VC funding provides entrepreneurs with critical resources to enable significant success. However, securing VC funding can be difficult, especially for unproven founders….

DevOps Best Practices Meetup

Some of the sharpest minds in the development world shared their best practices at Clear’s DevOps Best Practices Meetup. While each of our portfolio companies has different development needs, they all benefited from sharing their specific best practices  with each other. The most popular topic of the Meetup was microservices.