Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by David Pakman

Welcome, Misty II—Help Create the Autonomous Robot of the Future

Now available to purchase at 50% offIf you could program a home robot in 30 minutes or less, what would you have it do? Would you instruct it to perform overnight sentry duty and look for intruders? Would you send it to the kids’ rooms and have it hide their shoes while they are at school? Would

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by Bob Kocher, MD

2018 Healthcare Prognosis

Last year we all sought to adjust to a new normal as the Trump Administration settled in, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its crosshairs. But as our smart and sophisticated 2017 survey respondents predicted, the ACA lives on. For this year's Healthcare Prognosis, we revisited some topics, li

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by David Pakman

The Crypto Mission

In 1998, the United States Department of Justice filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, accusing the company of abusing their monopoly power. Among the litany of examples, one of the most egregious was Microsoft’s Windows licensing policy whereby computer makers who shipped Windows pre-in

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Medicine is a Family Affair

Chris Chen, CEO of ChenMed, joins Venrock’s Bryan Roberts to discuss the challenges and successes of providing healthcare to the population that needs it most – the poor, the old, and the sick. Chris’s father, James Chen, founded ChenMed as a way of providing concierge-style healthcare to low-

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Caring for the On-Demand Economy

Noah Lang, CEO and co-founder of Stride Health, joins Venrock’s Bob Kocher to discuss the changing nature of work, and how his company is helping independent workers successfully create a “business of one.” Lang recalls his childhood love of building and creating, and how it led him to study p

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Competing is for Losers

Chris Lochhead, a three-time Silicon Valley CMO, co-author of Play Bigger, and former entrepreneur, joins Brian Ascher of Venrock to discuss the importance of category design and marketing on this week’s episode of Running Through Walls. From having a provocative point of view to not accepting the

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Covered California's Startup Ethos

Peter Lee, executive director for California’s health benefit exchange Covered California, joins Venrock’s Bob Kocher to discuss working with Washington and Peter’s goal of making healthcare a right, not a privilege. Lee started his career as a lawyer and became an AIDS/HIV activist in the 198

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by Venrock

DJ Patil Joining Venrock

Venrock has a 40-year history of investing across technology and healthcare, including more than a decade at the intersection of those two sectors. Earlier this month we expanded our technology investing team with the addition of Tom Willerer.  Continuing to increase the depth and breadth of Venroc

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: YouNow Introduces PROPS, a New Cryptocurrency

Curious about cryptocurrency? Venrock’s David Pakman talks to Adi Sideman and Yonatan Sela about the upcoming launch of PROPS, a new cryptocurrency. The YouNow team pioneered mobile live video and they were the first to introduce an economy around interactive video, where on the one side people ca

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by Venrock

Welcome Tom Willerer

Venrock is thrilled to announce that Tom Willerer will be joining us as a partner. Tom will be helping us expand our efforts in consumer technology, looking for entrepreneurs who dare to do something that others believe is impossible. Venrock has a long history of investing in early stage, consumer

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by Tom Willerer

A New Venture!

I joined Netflix in 2007, just when we were launching streaming. We were a $1 billion market cap company, only available in the US and our members were all on DVD. When I left in 2013, we had skyrocketed to a much larger company with a $20 billion market cap. Our members were located all over the wo

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Pivoting to Success

Brian O’Kelley, CEO and co-founder of AppNexus, started his entrepreneurial endeavors early, first in high school refurbishing old Apple II computers and later in college creating websites in the nascent days of the internet. Venrock partner Mike Tyrrell talks to O’Kelley about his path from odd