Venrock portfolio company SlideShare has found a new home, with partner LinkedIn. LinkedIn purchased the company for $118.75MM which was a fantastic outcome for all parties involved with the presentation sharing hub. A big congratulations to the founders and employees of SlideShare!
A big congratulations to Bryan Roberts (#38), Ray Rothrock (#49) and Brian Ascher (#67) for making the 2012 Forbes Midas List. Bryan Roberts, “the dean of healthcare IT,” was also featured in an accompanying story, The VCs Who Are Investing In Health IT.
Ariosa Diagnostics has partnered with LapCorp to make the Harmony™ Prenatal Test available in the United States and Canada. Ariosa is bringing an affordable and non-invasive prenatal testing option to pregnant women and their physicians. The company launched earlier this year and it’s test will become widely available in June.
Venrock’s security franchise just went mobile! AppThority has joined the Venrock family and will be focused on the emerging mobile security space. Is that app tracking your location or collecting information you didn’t know about? Ray Rothrock will join the board: “The demand for enterprises to gain control over the millions of mobile apps and ultimately desktop apps is huge.”
Today the NVCA welcomed Ray Rothrock as their incoming Chairman for the 2012-2013 term. Ray has been very involved with the NVCA in recent years as a board member and will be leading the charge for the upcoming year, building on the great work that has been done with the JOBS Act, SEC exemption, and various other initiatives. According to Ray, “The venture capital industry must continue to evolve in its support of innovation. Our mission must remain to back great entrepreneurs whose visions for new companies and new industries are essential to America’s growth and prosperity.” Congratulations Ray!
3M has acquired CodeRyte! A big month for Venrock’s healthcare IT portfolio, as the CodeRyte news follows the IPO of Vocera two weeks ago. CodeRyte and 3M had been partners for years, bringing computer-assisted coding technology to more than 60 3M Health Information Systems clients. Congratulations to the CodeRyte team and Venrock’s Bryan Roberts, who has been on the board since 2004!
Go Boundless! The latest addition to the Venrock family is curating the best open content to create a free learning platform that saves students money and helps them learn more efficiently. The company launched this week and generated quite a bit of buzz as they take on an industry that is in desperate need of innovation. Welcome to the family Boundless team!