Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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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

author img 7.20.2016
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

author img 7.13.2016
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

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by Brian Ascher

Running Through Walls: 6Sense’s Amanda Kahlow on values that stick

For Amanda Kahlow and 6Sense, one of the most important aspects of the company is its culture. The values of the company have been baked into the operations of the team, how it interacts with itself and its customers. Kahlow says it boils down to family — an acronym for fun, accountability, mi

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by Richard Kerby

The Return of the Middleman

When my parents use to plan trips they would almost always use a travel agent, then along came the internet and with it a number of…Continue reading on Richard Kerby » Source: http://ker.by

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by Venrock

A Q&A with Camille Samuels

Camille is a healthcare veteran and joined Venrock in 2014. Although she is based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office, Camille is a New Yorker at heart. Growing up, her father’s relentless pursuit of his dreams inspired her, and today she partners with entrepreneurs in areas like longevity science to

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by David Pakman

Should You Have To Buy A New Car to Get New Features?

Introducing our investment in Pearl, the first direct-to-consumer products company bringing safety, convenience, and eventually, autonomous driving features to your existing car. With more than 1.2 million fatalities and up to 50 million injuries globally per year, driving is dangerous. It takes

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by Brian Ascher

Q&A: Talking fintech with Venrock partner Brian Ascher

This post was originally published in PitchBook.  Can you tell me your view on fintech and why it’s so important? The financial services sector is enormous and spans a variety of trillion and multi-hundred billion dollar markets from mortgages and loans, to investments, payments, insurance, a