Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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Running Through Walls: Automating Inventory Management

Not knowing where items are located, what’s in stock, or if they are properly priced cost the global retail industry more than a trillion dollars. Venrock partner David Pakman speaks with Brad Bogolea, co-founder and CEO of Simbe Robotics, about how Simbe’s robot Tally is solving these major bl

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by David Pakman

Investing in Rarible

Back in 2018, we speculated that NFTs (non-fungible tokens) would be the product category to take crypto mainstream. So far, we aren’t right, but are likely on our way to being correct.There are well more than 100 million crypto wallets in the world. According to the Gemini 2021 State of Crypto r

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by Bryan Roberts

2021 Healthcare Prognosis

For our fifth annual survey, we once again tapped our network of pundits to weigh in on the healthcare industry’s news, trends and challenges. With the global pandemic, 2020’s survey results offered insights into the sentiment elicited by Covid-19, as well as predictions and questions about i

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Biotech's Digital Transformation

Vlad Coric, M.D., CEO of Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, joins Venrock partner Nimish Shah to speak about the significance of innovation and creativity across all aspects of a business. Coric dives into the challenges of launching Biohaven’s drug, Nurtec ODT, during the pandemic and why he believed it

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: What Financial Advice Should Be

Venrock partner Nick Beim speaks with Jason Wenk, founder and CEO of Altruist, about his mission to increase the accessibility of great financial advice. Wenk walks through his early entrepreneurial endeavors and explains how they’ve contributed to the creation of Altruist. As his leadership styl

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: The Recipe for Drug Discovery

Cyrus Harmon, co-founder and CTO of Olema Oncology, joins Venrock partner Alex Rosen to discuss the history of Olema. Olema had a successful IPO last year and Harmon sheds light on what biotech companies should look for when selecting banks for an IPO and how to build momentum for financing rounds.

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by Brian Ascher

FinOps Automation: It’s Time

Finance and Accounting departments have a scaling problem. Engineering, Product, and Operations often have economies of scale, network effects, and operating leverage. Sales and Marketing benefit from growing brand awareness, category leadership, and expanded distribution. Thus, as companies mature,

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by Julie Park

David vs Goliath: 5 Strategies for Commerce Startups to Succeed in an Amazon World

This article was first published in Business Insider. Disruptive commerce founders want to revolutionize what we buy, how we buy, or who we buy from. But commerce is a notoriously competitive space with unique hurdles. Standing large against that backdrop is Amazon.   It's safe

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: No Egos, No Jerks, No Politics

Venrock partner Camille Samuels speaks with Angie You, CEO of Amunix, and Rich Heyman, Chairman of the Board, about the dynamics between a CEO and a Chairperson that foster a successful company. You and Heyman dive into the importance of mutual trust and respect between a CEO and the Board, and You

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by Julie Park

The $1BN GMV Livestreaming Startup You’ve Never Heard Of

In China, livestream commerce is a $60B market and growing.  Think QVC but interactive, mobile, and highly entertaining.  Ever since Connie Chan’s illuminating post on China’s livestreaming boom, there’s been ongoing debate as to whether or not livestream commerce will cat

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Overcoming the Market Dominance of Hospitals

This article first appeared in It is co-authored with Soleil Shah and Amol S. Navathe. Amidst remarkable uncertainty for its future, one of the most concerning and constant trends in US health care has been the increasing consolidation of health delivery organizations. In health

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Inclusion Comes First

Eric Brown, CEO of Dynamic Signal, joins Venrock partner Brian Ascher to speak about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Brown believes you can’t have great culture without putting inclusion first, which is why it was the first thing on his agenda as he stepped into his role as CEO of Dynamic Signa