What I Learned In 2014: David Cremin, DFJ Frontier

Over the last couple of weeks, we've been featuring the reflections on the last year from folks in Southern California's technology industry. Here, David Cremin, a venture capitalist at DFJ Frontier, shares his thoughts on 2014.

What was the most significant event for you or your company this year?

Several companies in the Frontier portfolio earned liquidity in 2014, providing significant profits to our partners. This enabled our partnership to raise its third Frontier Fund offering, focused on early stage media and technology companies.

What was your biggest lesson learned in 2014?

Reconfirmed that I should always keep the ball in the air if I can. You never know what can happen and surprise you! It might accidentally go in the goal!

What technologies or things are you looking forward to most in 2015?

I'm very interested in seeing how the so-called "marketing cloud" emerges and develops further. There are many silos, and several big players (Adobe, Salesforce, Oracle, etc.), but I'm eager to see an emerging company or companies tie the silos together, so that large enterprise customers can utilize a unified marketing cloud offering. My hunch is data aggregation is key.

David Cremin is a founder and Managing Director of DFJ Frontier, a DFJ Network partner fund and early stage venture capital firm focused on west coast media and information services investments.