Founder Real Talk

From GGV, this is Founder Real Talk, where we get real about the challenges that founders and startup executives face, and how they’ve grown from tough experiences. Hosted by Glenn Solomon, Managing Partner at GGV Capital.

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Episode 71 - Nikita Shamgunov, CEO of Neon, on Providing the Fabric That Runs the Internet
Nikita Shamgunov is the CEO of Neon, a new company building the next-generation serverless Postgres database. Nikita got his Ph.D. in St. Petersburg and worked as an engineer at Microsoft and Facebook before going on to co-found SingleStore, an analytical database company. At SingleStore, Nikita realized the massive size of the transaction databases market and […]
Episode 70 - Ryan Johnson, Co-founder & CEO of Culdesac, on Leveraging Technology to Build Car-Free Neighborhoods
Ryan Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of Culdesac, which is working to build the first car-free city in the United States. After turning down M.I.T. and dropping out of Harvard, he chose to learn from the executives at Opendoor before co-founding Culdesac in 2018. Ryan has traveled to over 60 countries, but after visiting […]
Episode 69 - Bruce Felt, CFO of Domo, on Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Execution
Bruce Felt is the CFO of Domo and a longtime friend of GGV Capital with a history that predates SaaS since he founded Renaissance Software in the late 1980s. With a well-rounded experience in finance, Bruce became the CFO for six companies, taking them through IPOs or M&As before bringing his expertise to the Domo […]
Episode 68 - Steve Harvey, CEO of BitSight, on Finding Insights Amongst Vulnerability
Steve Harvey is the CEO of BitSight, the cyber security platform used by nearly a quarter of the Fortune 500 companies and multiple government agencies around the world. With a background in risk assessment, Steve spent 13 years at the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and became the CEO of BitSight in 2020, just before the […]
Episode 67 - Zeev Farbman, Co-founder & CEO of Lightricks, on Recognizing the Big Shifts
Zeev Farbman is the co-founder and CEO of Lightricks, which puts high-quality video and editing apps into the hands of average mobile phone users. Zeev immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union at the age of 12 and would go on to meet his future co-founders during his military service. He pursued a degree […]