Panel Discussion

OKRs for High Growth Companies

a16z and GGV Capital are hosting a panel discussion on how to use OKRs and a smarter operating rhythm to grow faster and achieve more with the team you have.

GGV partner Jeff Richards will lead the panel with Iterable COO Jeff Samuels and WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad for a discussion on why:

  • A strategy execution framework like OKRs is important as you scale
  • Alignment gets harder as you grow and requires attention and grooming
  • A smart operating rhythm is the CEO's top priority
  • Even bad OKRs are good information
  • OKRs must flow into monthly ops and business reviews and weeklies

We will provide resources and links to build stronger alignment muscle internally, tighten your operating rhythm and raise your OKR game to attendees.

Join the Conversation!

February 9, 2022 - 9:00am PST

Jeff Richards
Managing Partner

GGV Capital

Jeff joined GGV Capital in 2008 as a Managing Partner after spending 13 years as an entrepreneur and operating executive in the U.S. and Asia. As a former founder and CEO, Jeff is passionate about leadership, culture, and team building, and together with Jen Holmstrom created GGV’s Founders + Leaders program. Jeff also cofounded the AllRaise Board Xcelerate program along with AllRaise CEO, Pam Kostka. He hosts the video series, “Unscripted,” where he has candid conversations with industry thought leaders. Prior to joining GGV, Jeff founded two software companies: R4, a supply chain SaaS business acquired by VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and QuantumShift, a telecom software business backed by Texas Pacific Group (TPG). He graduated from Dartmouth College, where his is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jeff Samuels
Chief Operating Officer


Jeff currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Iterable. Prior to Iterable, Jeff was Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco Security at Cisco, where he developed modern go-to-market strategy, and oversaw marketing for the company’s multi-billion-dollar security products and solutions portfolio. Jeff joined Cisco from OpenDNS (acquired in August 2015) where he served as Chief Marketing Officer tasked with driving global adoption of OpenDNS’s cloud-delivered security services. Prior to OpenDNS, he served as CMO at GoGrid, a leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service company. Under Jeff’s leadership, GoGrid scaled cloud services and successfully repositioned itself from a regional hosting company to a dominant cloud player recognized by Gartner as one of the world’s largest providers.

Deidre Paknad
CEO and Cofounder


Deidre Paknad has founded and led three tech startups, acquired companies and been acquired, and led a high-growth business as an executive at IBM for several years; this affords her a unique perspective on using both speed and scale to drive growth. In her role as CEO at WorkBoard, she works with senior leadership teams at some of the world’s largest companies to clarify, align, and drive strategic priorities with greater speed and agility. She has 17 patents and has twice been inducted into the Smithsonian for innovation.