Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

author img 9.16.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: The COVID & Medical Products Challenge

Healthcare industry veteran George Barrett joins Venrock partner Bob Kocher to discuss how the U.S. handled the unprecedented demand for PPE (personal protective equipment) for healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barrett explains the significance of examining all components at the su

author img 8.31.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Gamifying the Blockchain

Venrock partner David Pakman speaks with Roham Gharegozlou, CEO and founder of Dapper Labs about launching CryptoKitties, one of the world's first and most successful blockchain games, and shares his predictions for how crypto gaming will evolve in the next decade. They also discuss the launch of N

author img 8.19.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Drug Development on a Global Scale

Venrock partner Bryan Roberts speaks with Mathai Mammen, Global Head of R&D at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, about Mammen’s career path and what differences he’s found working on drug development in both small and large companies. Managing 14,000 people has

author img 8.11.2020
by Bob Kocher, MD

How To Ensure COVID-19 Doesn’t Delay Value-Based Care

This article first appeared on healthaffairs.org. It is co-authored with Soleil Shah. The prognosis of COVID-19 on the US health care system may include yet another devastating outcome: delaying its transition to value-based care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has stopped a

author img 8.6.2020
by Ethan Batraski

Eight Trends Accelerating The Age Of Commercial-Ready Quantum Computing

Every major technology breakthrough of our era has gone through a similar cycle in pursuit of turning fiction to reality. It starts in the stages of scientific discovery, a pursuit of principle against a theory, a recursive process of hypothesis-experiment. Success of the proof of principle

author img 8.6.2020
by David Pakman

Here Comes Digital Sports Collectibles*

*on a blockchain!Continue reading on pakman.com » Source: http://www.pakman.com

author img 8.6.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics: Special Episode

Venrock partner Bryan Roberts chats with Mathai Mammen about COVID-19 vaccine development and therapeutics in this special episode of Running Through Walls. Mammen serves as the Global Head of R&D at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, where he is heading up the firm

author img 8.6.2020
by David Pakman

Here Comes Digital Sports Collectibles*

*on a blockchain! Dapper Labs, in partnership with the NBA and the NBPA has launched the beta of their NBA TopShot crypto-collectible game. The first part of the experience allows consumers to buy packs of compelling NBA game moments. Users buy packs and try to complete various collect

author img 8.4.2020
by Ethan Batraski

15 Problem Spaces In Developer Tools & Infrastructure We’re Excited About At Venrock

So much of how we build and deliver software has changed, yet so much has stayed the same. UNIX, the original operating architecture that underpins our modern stack, was introduced 50 years ago. Linux, the dominant server operating system, was introduced 30 years ago. We rely on virtual mach

author img 8.3.2020
by Ethan Batraski

Building A Responsive Future For Space Launch, Venrock’s Investment Into ABL Space

The backstory of our privileged investment into ABL Space Beginning of the new space economy We are at the beginning of a new era in the Space economy. There are over 20k satellites filed with the FCC for expected launch within the next 5–8 years. Global Space activity was estimated to

author img 7.30.2020
by Todd Graham

Using The Attack Cycle To Up Your Security Game

Like the universe, the attack surface is always expanding. Here's how to keep up and even get ahead. Most criminal activity is designed to elicit a payoff for the perpetrator, and crime on the Internet is no different. As new surfaces emerge, previous attacks are reconstituted and applied. Cyber

author img 7.23.2020
by Bob Kocher, MD

Ten Actions For Better Post-Pandemic Health Care In The United States

This article is co-authored with David Beier and Avik Roy. The 1918 influenza pandemic—the world’s worst viral pandemic of the twentieth century—called into bold relief the deep interconnections among the health of all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or income. Desp