Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Richard Kerby

Everyone Can Live the Luxe Life

As someone who owns a car and lives in a city, I routinely find it hard to find a parking spot and spend unnecessary time circling blocks in search of a coveted spot.  And when I do find a spot, I often end up getting a ticket or paying exorbitant garage rates.  Our latest investment

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by Brian Ascher

How to End Your Parking Nightmares Once and For All

I love cities, but a settled family and the location of our offices relegate me to life in the suburbs at present. I drive up to San Francisco several days most weeks and though I love the energy, creativity, food, culture and walkability, I truly hate parking. My parking frustrations start with th

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Does your physician have to prescribe antibiotics for every sore throat?

This article was first published in Fortune.  It is co-authored by Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Bob Kocher.  With the right medical malpractice reforms, physicians can reinforce high quality care and provide cover for those who don’t want to prescribe antibiotics for every sore throat. There is a lot

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by David Pakman

A Few Lessons I’ve Learned

A young entrepreneur asked me a great question the other day, “What are some things you learned later in your career that you wish you knew earlier in your career?” I didn’t have a great answer at the time, but of course it got me thinking. There are a few key lessons I have focus

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by Brian Ascher

Will There Really Be an Uber for Everything?

  This post originally appeared on TechCrunch here. Though the press has turned on them as of late, seizing on every allegation and misstep, I love using Uber. From the very first time (September 28, 2010 to be exact) I saw the little town car icon crawling across the map coming towards my lit

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by David Pakman

Brian Williams and Abundance vs. Scarcity in Media

The physical world’s native economic basis is scarcity. Value is determined by demand for each item produced. If I make only five gold Ferraris and thousands of people are just dying to have one, the value of those will increase. In the digital world, we live in a world of abundance. We can ma

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by David Pakman

A Sensible Approach To Net Neutrality by the FCC

Today, FCC Chairman Wheeler announced a sensible approach to ensuring that the internet will remain an open platform. Many folks in the traditional telecom and cable industries have described the use of Title II as a blunt and archaic tool not appropriate for the internet. And others have derided th

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by Richard Kerby

Our Latest Investment - Beckon

Marketing professionals have more data at their fingertips now than at any other point in history. They have more channels to manage, more places to look, more administrative dashboards to monitor, and more decisions to make.What Current Digital Marketing Looks LikeYou have to:Ke

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by Brian Ascher

Why Beckon Beckoned to Me: The Arrival of Marketing Performance Management

In today’s online and mobile world customers are educating themselves about products and services long before any flesh and blood sales persons utters a word. Consumers can easily find their own way to detailed product information, user reviews, professional reviews, demonstration videos, user

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by Bob Kocher, MD

A Courageous First Step

This article was first published in The Health Care Blog.  It is co-authored by Bob Kocher and Farzad Mostashari. Earlier today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced that HHS is doubling down on the historic shift taking place across the health care industry t

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by David Pakman

Here Is What Happens When Your Brand Doesn’t Know Its Customers

Watch the video, then click to see the hundreds of comments…

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by Bob Kocher, MD

How 10 leading health systems pay their doctors

This article was first published in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. It is co-authored by Dhruv Khullar, Robert Kocher, Patrick Conway, and Rahul Rajkumar. Abstract We conducted interviews with senior executives at 10 leading health systems to better understand how organiz