Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Venrock

Lessons of Leadership from the Pentagon

Venrock’s DJ Patil speaks with Secretary Ash Carter, who served as the 25th Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration, about his experience in national security, technology and management. He shares how he successfully introduced new technologies to the Pentagon while earning the nickname

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by David Pakman

Blockchain Ballers

Want to own some of the greatest moments in NBA History? Coming soon… Image from NBA Our portfolio company Dapper Labs, along with the NBA and the NBPA, today announced NBA Top Shot, a first-of-its-kind digital collectible plat

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by Bob Kocher, MD

While Considering Medicare For All: Policies For Making Health Care In The United States Better

This article first appeared in It is co-authored with Donald M. Berwick. While it is fascinating to think about “Medicare for All” (and one of us strongly favors it), it is unlikely that the United States will move quickly to fully publicly financed health insurance wh

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Virta’s two-year results are a win for payers, providers and patients living with type 2 diabetes

As an investor, I use three heuristics to evaluate healthcare startups. Will the product or service… Improve dramatically a patient’s experience of care?Materially reduce the per patient cost of healthcare?Deliver meaningful health improvements for patients? This is no secret — the

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: "The Passion Paradox," Live from Lyra Health

Venrock Partner Bob Kocher sat down with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness in front of a live audience during the launch of their latest book “The Passion Paradox” at the offices of Lyra Health. They talked about cultivating a harmonious passion based on research that counters the conventional wi

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by Bob Kocher, MD

People Cost Even More Than Drugs: The Imperative For Productivity

While high drug prices and price hikes are getting lots of attention from the media, the biggest reason health care in the United States costs so much more than in other wealthy countries is that it takes more, and more highly paid, people to deliver care. And it takes more people every month. For t

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Part 2 The Obi-Wan Kenobi(s) of Health IT

Ed and Todd Park join Venrock’s Bryan Roberts to continue their conversation about fixing the big problems in healthcare. In the second part of our two-part episode, the Park brothers examine rewiring the healthcare stack for the inevitable shift to a value-based care paradigm. They talk about th

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by Bryan Roberts

2019 Healthcare Prognosis

For the third year running, our smart friends from across the healthcare industry helped us take the pulse of the health IT sector. Our respondents have correctly called both the survival of the Affordable Care Act (even without bugging Justice Roberts’ chambers) and the lack of tangible progress

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: The Obi-Wan Kenobi(s) of Health IT

Todd and Ed Park, serial entrepreneurs in health IT, sit down with Venrock partner Bryan Roberts to discuss their early experiences founding athenahealth. Todd and Ed look back at how the company evolved from a women’s health clinic to a provider of practice management services. Tune in to find o

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Why Health Care Startups Are Excited About Insurance Companies

This article first appeared on It is co-authored with Bryan Roberts. An interesting trend is emerging in the health care world: Startups are starting to target insurers, or payers, as their first choice of partners. This was unthinkable eight years ago, when a wave of startups formed

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Born Politician

Kathleen Sebelius joins Venrock partner Bob Kocher for this episode of Running Through Walls. Kathleen is a former Governor of Kansas and was Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama. They discuss her upbringing in a political family, what led her to pursue a ca

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by Bryan Roberts

Attacking Biology’s Complexity with New Genomics Approaches

Our founding thesis at Illumina was straightforward: biology is extremely complex and to unravel that biology, and thereby dramatically impact human medicine, would require a much larger scale of experimentation at an exponentially cheaper cost per experiment. And it worked, sort of. For 20 years