Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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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

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Why So Many New Tech Companies Are Getting into Health Care

This article was first published in the Harvard Business Review. Note: In addition to Bob Kocher, this post is authored by Bryan Roberts, also an investor at venture capital firm, Venrock. A flood of new health care IT companies has been pouring into the U.S. health care market. The cause of this to

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by David Pakman

The Artist’s Share

There is a commonality in the Hachette/Amazon and Spotify/Pandora/Recording Artist debates and it looks something like this: By not paying enough royalties to the licensor (book publisher, record label), authors and artists are being starved. We are told this is critically bad for authors and artis

author img 9.29.2014
by David Pakman

Dollar Shave Club and the Modern Brands

Dollar Shave Club just celebrated its second birthday. In two short years, this modern men’s lifestyle company has captured about 9% of the U.S. men’s razor cartridge market, according to BGP Group. (This is a measure of market share by units.) It’s a remarkable feat for a young c