Happy New Year… And You’d Better Be Running

January 11, 2012

Last week being the first week of the New Year, I flew to Boston on Tuesday 1/3 to meet with the OpenView Team to accomplish several objectives:

  1. We did out annual retrospective as a team against the firms 2011 goals
  2. We set our annual 2012 goals for the Outbound, OpenView Labs and the Investment Teams
  3. We celebrated our year end… or the rest of the team did

I got on a plane Wednesday night after the firm meetings and flew to New Jersey to meet with the CEOs of two companies we are interested in potentially investing venture capital in. After the meeting, I caught a flight San Francisco to meet with the CEO and a board member for a breakfast meeting to discuss entering into exclusivity and due diligence for a venture capital investment in their company. After those meetings, I caught a flight out and got home Friday evening at 7:30 pm. So I did the Midwest to the East Coast (two cities) to the West Coast and home. During the flight home I was thinking about the New Year and how as a firm we were off and running and how critical that is for OpenView as it is for our portfolio companies if we want to be successful and achieve our objectives. I decided I wanted to share my blog from 1/6/2010 with everyone… It was titled “Happy New Year… And You Better Be Running” and you can read it here.

By the way I left again this Tuesday to come back to Boston for the OpenView forum that our portfolio companies will be attending. It is the Sales Execution Work Shop 2012. You can check out the agenda here and a list of our past forums and events here.

All the best!


Venture Partner

<strong>George Roberts</strong> is a Venture Partner at OpenView. He enjoys partnering with companies and helping them achieve their goals through strategy, focus and operational execution. From 1990 to 2003, George spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, most recently having served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales. While at Oracle, George was responsible for over $1 billion in revenue and more than 2,000 employees, reporting directly to the company’s CEO and Chairman, Larry Ellison.