December 11, 2018

By Nihal Mehta with guest author Dannie Herzberg, Head of Mid-Market Sales at Slack

We partnered with our friends at Emergence Capital for an event to address the many challenges navigating early-stage growth including when to make your first sales hire, how to qualify leads all the way to determining pricing structure.

We were lucky enough to snag Dannie Herzberg, Head of Mid-Market Sales at Slack, as our guest speaker. Her impressive background, overseeing Mid-Market, BDR & SDR sales organizations across North America and working across enterprise sales, sales management, and channel sales divisions, made her an excellent source for advice.

Dannie was kind enough to help bring the evening’s top questions back to life to share with the rest of our community.

October 15, 2018

By Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner

Since we started investing at Eniac in 2010, I’ve reviewed thousands of seed stage pitch decks. It amazing me how often the most important slide — the team slide — is poorly executed.

When I posted on Twitter about how important the team pages are when reviewing a deck for the first time, I received a lot of questions and comments both on and offline. It seemed people were curious as to why it was the first thing we look at (versus the market and their solution).

I thought it would be nice to address it for everyone in one place.

September 4, 2018

By Tim Young, Founding General Partner

As an entrepreneur, it is vital to vet your potential investors/board members and choose wisely. They are among the most significant professional relationships of your career, often lasting a decade or more. A former board member will act as a strong signal to future investors, not only for your current company but future companies as well.

April 25, 2018

This year the Eniac Team descended upon Vancouver for Ted Age of Amazement. And the event really did live up to its name. It was a week of non-stop discovery.

It would take another week to speak to all the knowledge dropped, but in case you missed it, here are our Top 10 Takeaways from TED.

  1. There are so many transformative ideas to save the planet
  2. How we’re preserving the human body
  3. It is time to challenge the Internet
  4. How humans and AI can peacefully co-exist
  5. Climbing without a rope
  6. Is personal flight the new Uber?
  7. Can technology make or break democracy?
  8. Data, manipulation and the threat of dictatorship
  9. Machine vs. Man — What can they really know?
  10. There is life beyond.

March 22, 2018

By Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner

Each year since 2001, Forbes announces their Midas List of the top 100 VC’s in the world. It is an esteemed award filled with the biggest names in venture capital.

But my partners and I will never be on this list.

March 8, 2018

By Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner & The Eniac Team

Today is International Women’s Day, and my team and I are proud to honor and celebrate the Women’s Empowerment Movement.

Championing women has always been part of Eniac’s commitment.

Going back to our time at UPenn, we were inspired by all the people that helped design, build and operate ENIAC. Almost forgotten in recent history, were the six women — Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Frances Snyder Holberton, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spenceand Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum — that actually first programmed the machine. The “Computers,” as they were nicknamed at the time, were recruited as top mathematicians and many of them went on to teach programming and develop some of the earliest tools for software engineers.

March 6, 2018

As seed investors, we have a unique opportunity to invest in world-changing companies early. We’ve been actively investing in and spending more time in deeper tech areas in addition to our focus on opportunities in consumer, marketplaces, SaaS, and vertical AI. Inspired by the ENIAC computer, the first automated computer created at UPenn during WWII, we like deep tech opportunities that place computing at their core.

Click Read More to learn more about some of the deep tech we’re interested in.

February 15, 2018

By The Team Team

On February 15, 1946, ENIAC, the world’s first programmable electronic computer made its debut at the University of Pennsylvania. And 72 years later, we wanted to commemorate the “Giant Brain,” as dubbed by the press, for its impressive start to the computer programming revolution and for being the inspiration for Eniac Ventures.

Today, as we look back at ENIAC, let’s remember not only how far technology has come, but all those with the vision, the skills, and the support who have helped us get here.

November 27, 2017

By Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner

We need your help in saving Net Neutrality. It is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves the people’s right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech, that Internet Service Providers shouldn’t block any applications that use those networks.

Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open internet.

November 9, 2017

Eniac Ventures has grown!

November 9, 2017

By The Eniac Partners

In many years in the industry helping our founders grow their own businesses and find success, we’ve continued to look for ways to be more strategic, improve processes, streamline efforts and help our portfolio get the support they needed outside traditional term sheets and cap tables.

We care about the people we invest in and with our latest fund, we’ve launched the Eniac Platform. It was born because we want our founders to focus on making their product the best in the world, and to make that happen, we are offering to provide hands-on support ranging from recruiting, operational resources, business development, exclusive networking, marketing and PR and fundraising advisory — rare resources for a seed-stage firm. But coming from our diverse backgrounds of starting and scaling companies each ourselves, we know what it is like to be stretched dangerously thin and scrambling for reliable resources. We want to offer our founders the best possible experience, we want them to succeed.