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Unlocking Value in the Smart Home Market

This paper outlines our investment thesis in “Smart Homes”, and details six criteria that innovative companies must overcome to win in the market.

Building An Engineering Culture

This paper discusses the most important challenge faced by entrepreneurs building tech companies, and offers several foundational areas of focus for leaders tackling this issue.

Platform Plays

This paper describes a critical dimension of competitive advantage: building enterprise technology platforms that become the underlying infrastructure for valuable ecosystems of applications.

The Smart Enterprise Wave

This paper describes the urgent need and unprecedented opportunity for Smart Enterprise platforms to enable app-driven innovation and disrupt large, old-line industries. There exist a variety of network effects and winner-take-all dynamics during this one-time event in which the original, closed technology infrastructure in these industries is opened up, and upgraded to leverage big data.

Angel Investing

This paper discusses the theory and practice behind winning pre-growth investments.

The Coming Transformation

This paper discusses the present age of creative destruction. New technologies will disrupt major industries, creating a large transfer of wealth and power in the global economy.


Sustainability as a Mission, Not a Vertical

Jim Kim recently gave the keynote speech at the 2015 Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, where he shared lessons learned from past bubbles, current investment trends in the area, and how Formation 8’s investment thesis translates into building great companies in all sectors.

MIT VC & Innovation Conference – Keynote

At Formation 8, we believe contrarian thinking is key to unlocking new opportunities. Watch Jim Kim’s talk on hard problems, contrarian thinking and building transformational companies.

Formation 8 Welcomes Joel Sng as Partner

We are thrilled to announce that Joel Sng has joined Formation 8. Joel is a talented Singapore-based investor who brings deep experience and an incredible network of entrepreneurs around the world to the firm.

Hello World

We are excited to announce our new fund. Thank you to the friends, old and new, who supported us as we embark on this next chapter in our firm’s history.

Why We Invested in Glow

The team blends some of the top tech and data-science expertise from both the U.S. and China and we truly believe in their mission: providing women with insights into their health.

On The Founding And Mission of OpenGov

Technology is not reaching its full potential, but we think that world-changing applications are closer (and different) than people realize.

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