Requests for Startups: Richard Kerby (Venrock)

Richard Kerby joined Venrock in 2012. Prior to joining Venrock, Richard was an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). While at IVP, Richard worked with companies such as Dropbox, Klout, Twitter, Shazam, Sugar, and Yext.

What startup verticals interest you most right now?
I’m most excited about the on-demand economy, cybersecurity, ed tech, and data-driven applications.

Are there any specific company ideas that you really want someone to build and would potentially fund?
It would be great to see someone build out an interesting HR analytics product that could expand into a suite of products for the enterprise. An interesting initial product would be something that uses data to determine which employees at a company are in danger of leaving or being poached.

Already working on a company that matches Richard’s RFS? Want to pursue one of his requests? Feel free to email us directly and we will send him your note.

Other inspiring ideas:

Product Hunt for People: I honestly believe that done right, this would replace my Linkedin profile. Recently, I hired a resume writer to help me make it look better. I wanted an outside party to help me see what I couldn’t see in myself. It’s not updated yet, and much of it is just thrown in there, but its atrocious.
Micah Baldwin, advisor at CrunchFund

Smartwatch killer app idea: A standard for sending a message to someone with the reply baked into the message. Imagine I send the following text to my wife: “What would you like for dinner tonight: Sushi::Mexican::French”. The messaging App would know that the three cuisine choices are survey answers because of the :: and present them on her phone as “clickable replies.” So, my wife would get the text and be able to click “French” and it would send back to me “French.”
Jason Calacanis, angel investor

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