Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

author img 12.2.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: NFL to VC

Ryan Nece is a former NFL player, Super Bowl winner, and now a venture capitalist at Next Play Capital. He joins Venrock partner Brian Ascher to chat about the transition from the field to the boardroom, including why so many professional athletes take an interest in venture capital and what elite

author img 11.12.2020
by Ethan Batraski

Building Commercial Open Source Software: Part 3 — Distribution & GTM

Building a Commercial Open Source Company In our time investing and supporting open-source companies, we’ve learned several lessons about project & community growth, balancing roadmap and priorities, go-to-market strategy, considering various deployment models, and more. In the spirit o

author img 11.11.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: When Demand Spikes

Venrock partner Bob Kocher speaks with Hill Ferguson, CEO of Doctor On Demand, about how the company managed a huge spike in demand for virtual care as COVID-19 spread throughout the country beginning in March 2020. He shares how Doctor On Demand implemented a real-time assessment for higher-risk p

author img 10.28.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Risky Business

Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO and founder of Interos, joins Venrock partner Nick Beim to discuss how Interos mitigates the challenges of third party risk management, particularly during the pandemic, by providing customers full visibility of their extended supply chain. Bisceglie describes how Inter

author img 10.26.2020
by Bob Kocher, MD

Op-Ed: The COVID-19 vaccines are coming. Here’s how they should be rolled out

This article first appeared on latimes.com. It is co-authored with Dana Goldman. Sometime in the next few months we are likely to enter the era of COVID-19 vaccines. With billions of dollars poured into the multiagency federal effort Operation Warp Speed and positive signs coming from c

author img 10.22.2020
by Venrock

Venrock Expands Healthcare Team with Industry Experts

All aspects of company building are hard: not just the standard tasks like product development, but also the non-consensus thinking and the constant adjustments required to build truly disruptive, substantial, and sustainable businesses. Great entrepreneurs are learning machines - constantly seekin

author img 10.15.2020
by Ethan Batraski

Building Commercial Open Source Software: Part 2— Roadmap & Developer Adoption

Building a Commercial Open Source Company In our time investing and supporting open source companies, we’ve learned several lessons about project & community growth, balancing roadmap and priorities, go-to-market strategy, considering various deployment models, and more. In the spirit o

author img 10.14.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: M&A from the Heart

Venrock partner Camille Samuels speaks with Corvidia co-founders Ram Aiyar and Michael Davidson about Corvidia’s recent acquisition by Novo Nordisk, just four years after its founding. They discuss how inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease – the number one killer in the United Stat

author img 10.12.2020
by Venrock

State of COVID-19 in America

The following is a transcript of the “State of COVID-19 in America” session held during a Venrock virtual conference featuring Amy Abernethy, Principal Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. FDA and Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Se

author img 10.6.2020
by Ethan Batraski

Building Commercial Open Source Software: Part 1 — Community & Market Fit

Since the early 90s, with the emergence of the MIT free software movement and popularity of Linux, there has been an accelerating shift away from proprietary, closed software to open source. Today the open source ecosystem has over 40M registered users, 2.9M organizations, and 44M projects on Gi

author img 9.30.2020
by David Pakman

Now Your Grocer Knows Everything NOT on The Shelves

Schnucks Markets Rolls Out Simbe’s Robots to more than half of their stores. Grocers did an incredible job responding to COVID. They shifted supply chains to overcome toilet paper shortages, redesigned traffic flow to accommodate social distancing, utilized frequent testing to protect their st

author img 9.30.2020
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: CMO's #1 Job is Culture

Latane Conant, CMO of 6sense, joins Venrock partner Brian Ascher to chat about marketing strategy for B2B companies and the role of marketing in corporate culture. They discuss the “First Sip Club” which Conant started during the pandemic to stay connected to fellow SaaS marketers, and she shar