Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Brian Ascher

Predictions for 2016: Self-Driving Cars, AI, and Brain Monitoring

This post originally appeared on Xconomy here. Whether we have been in a tech bubble or not is frankly not that interesting. What is interesting is that the foundation for innovation is as strong as we’ve ever seen and entrepreneurs are bringing the future to reality at an amazing pace. Here are a

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by Bob Kocher, MD

5 must-do’s for succeeding in health tech

This article first appeared in VentureBeat. It is co-authored with Bryan Roberts. We are five years into the greatest transformation of the U.S. healthcare system in the half century since Medicare was enacted. Since 2009, over 500 healthcare IT (HCIT) startups have been founded, supported by $10 bi

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by Bob Kocher, MD

10 Big Healthcare Predictions for 2016

This article first appeared in Fortune. It is co-authored with Bryan Roberts. In 2015 we learned that several unicorns need more time on the ranch before they get their magical powers, people still love tracking their steps, and Hepatitis C can be cured about as effectively as the flu. These observa

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by David Pakman

The Auto Industry Won’t Create The Future

In the collision between consumer technology, cloud computing and cars, the legacy auto companies are lacking key ingredients for the future of the automobile. Here are the vectors for auto disruption. This post originally appeared on Medium. The potential is so exciting, you can almost taste it 

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by David Pakman

Amino: Communities For The Mobile-Only Generation

In the 1980s, those of us with personal computers used our Hayes Smartmodems to connect to bulletin board systems (BBS). These were electronic message boards that allowed people to chat asynchronously with each other, usually about geeky topics like Dungeons and Dragons or phone phreaking. Shortly t

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by Richard Kerby

Amino

Communities have existed as long as humans have and were the first form of a social network. Communities originally existed solely offline and were signified by one’s geographic proximity to another. Thanks to the internet the world is ever rapidly becoming smaller and smaller. Nowadays communitie

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by Bob Kocher, MD

The Future of Healthcare with Bob Kocher, Partner @ Venrock

This interview was first published on The Twenty Minute VC. Listen to the podcast. Source: http://bobkocher.org

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by David Pakman

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

The currency of the media business is attention. So where are we spending it? (This post originally appeared on Medium.) The currency of the media business is attention. Those who have it have been granted your permission to speak to you, entertain you, inspire you, inform you or just plain piss you

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Lyra Health: Tackling Behavioral Healthcare

By Bob Kocher and Bryan Roberts Chances are, you or someone you love has faced a behavioral health issue that required help from a professional. Many of you, though too few given nearly 70% of people in need go undiagnosed and untreated, then found yourself attempting to navigate the system to ident

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by Bryan Roberts

Lyra Health: Tackling Behavioral Healthcare

By Bob Kocher and Bryan Roberts Chances are, you or someone you love has faced a behavioral health issue that required help from a professional. Many of you, though too few given nearly 70% of people in need go undiagnosed and untreated, then found yourself attempting to navigate the system to id

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by Bob Kocher, MD

The Future Of Medicine — Where Investors Are Putting Their Money

This article was first published in Forbes. It is co-authored by Nikhil Sahni, Bob Kocher and David Cutler. The way physicians practice medicine is changing, and investors are betting that this trend will accelerate. In the past few years, venture capital money has moved from an almost-exclusive foc

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by Doug Dooley

White lions of big-data security

There are fewer than 300 white lions living on the planet.* To say they are rare and exceptional is an understatement. Today, people with the multi-disciplinary skills necessary for advanced information security are almost as rare as white lions. In just the areas of threat discovery and breach det