Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Doug Dooley

How to fight crime with Machine Learning

Businesses have to defend their environments from attacks, and security professionals are asked to accomplish impossible feats in the modern era of cyber defense: they have to protect users and critical information from unauthorized access. This is asymmetric warfare where the bad guys have to get

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Technology Enables it and Culture Demands It

YouNow CEO and founder Adi Sideman talks with Venrock partner David Pakman about his dream of an interconnected and livecasted world, and how he made it a reality with the founding of YouNow. He shares his views on the one pure form of rich media creation, what it’s like to compete with Twitter an

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Olympic Gold Medalist Turned CEO on Building a Business

Brent Lang, an Olympic Gold Medalist and CEO/President of Vocera, speaks with Venrock partner Brian Ascher about his journey from winning an Olympic gold in swimming during the 1988 Seoul Games to leading a public company. Brent shares lessons learned from competing in the Olympics and discusses his

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by Nick Beim

Clara Lending: A Big Swing

There are few markets larger or more important to the US economy than the consumer mortgage market, which consists of $1.5 trillion in annual originations. Or more emotionally important to consumers, for whom homes represent an opportunity to build stability, a family and a better life. Or more str

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: The Yoda of Genomics

John Stuelpnagel speaks with Venrock partner Bryan Roberts about his career transition from large animal veterinarian to entrepreneur, the keys to Illumina’s dominance in the industry, and the future of genomics. As the founder and board member of many successful genomics companies including Illum

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by David Pakman

Running Through Walls: Dollar Shave Club CEO Michael Dubin on the Unilever acquisition

As an early investor in Dollar Shave Club, I spoke with CEO Michael Dubin about the company’s acquisition by Unilever and the journey to this point on the latest episode of Venrock’s podcast, Running Through Walls. Many people remember the humorous viral video that first launched the company.

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by David Pakman

DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB: HOW MICHAEL DUBIN CREATED A MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL COMPANY AND RE-DEFINED CPG

Success has many fathers, but in this case, there is only one. Slide 3 of Dollar Shave Club’s Series A Pitch Deck   When I first met Michael in June of 2012, I had already seen the DSC launch video like everyone else. I saw his site melt down and watched the video explode and actually go

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by Bob Kocher, MD

How to Make Our Crazy, Expensive, Amazing, and Uneven Health Care System Better Faster

This post first appeared in NEJM Catalyst. I am often asked by health care entrepreneurs, policymakers, health system leaders, and clinicians to “explain” how health care in America works — and to offer ideas for how to improve it. Here, within a whirlwind synthesis, is a provocative thought s

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by Bob Kocher, MD

How to Make Our Crazy, Expensive, Amazing, and Uneven Health Care System Better Faster

This post first appeared in NEJM Catalyst. I am often asked by health care entrepreneurs, policymakers, health system leaders, and clinicians to “explain” how health care in America works — and to offer ideas for how to improve it. Here, within a whirlwind synthesis, is a provocative thought s

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by Bob Kocher, MD

The Coming Battle over Shared Savings — Primary Care Physicians versus Specialists

This paper was co-authored with Anuraag Chigurupati. Abstract: New health care payment models will create economic winners and losers. As primary care physicians are rewarded for contributing to savings, specialists who fail to develop the capabilities to drive value improvement will face a threat t

author img 7.14.2016
by Bob Kocher, MD

The Coming Battle over Shared Savings — Primary Care Physicians versus Specialists

This paper was co-authored with Anuraag Chigurupati. Abstract: New health care payment models will create economic winners and losers. As primary care physicians are rewarded for contributing to savings, specialists who fail to develop the capabilities to drive value improvement will face a threat t

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by Bob Kocher, MD

What will happen when PCPs are paid like Quarterbacks?

This post first appeared in The Evidence Base. It was co-authored with Anuraag Chigurupati. By 2019, more than 50% of all Medicare physician payments will be delivered through non-fee-for-service payment models as the move to new payment models accelerates with the implementation of the Medicare Pay