Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Culture and Connection

Venrock partner Brian Ascher speaks with Nicole Alvino, co-founder and CEO of Firstup, about effective workforce communication both digitally and in person. Alvino highlights fostering employee connection through authentic and transparent communication, using the power of video to drive engagement,

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by Bob Kocher, MD

2022 Healthcare Prognosis

When we published our 2021 survey results, vaccines had yet to be broadly released, Tiger Global was still a growth investor and SPACs were en vogue (at least the raising part…). 2021 respondents overwhelmingly correctly predicted a booster would be available before vaccine protection waned, SPAC

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Aligning Incentives for Improving Diagnostic Excellence

This article first appeared in JAMA Network. It is co-authored with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD. Diagnostic excellence is a priority of both patients and individual clinicians, yet does not seem to be afforded the same attention by health care systems. Autopsy data from 2 Swedish hospitals re

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: High Will Over High Skill 

Company success is predicated on the people, according to Daversa Partners founder and CEO, Paul Daversa. Venrock partner Bryan Roberts chats with Daversa about the nuances of recruiting impactful senior-level leadership candidates who are a fit for the needs of the company. They cover hiring high

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by Ethan Batraski

Orchestrating the Modern Data Platform, Venrock’s Investment into Astronomer

The backstory of our 2020 Series A lead investment into Astronomer. — originally posted at — Update since we invested (March 2022) So much has happened since we led the Series A for Astronomer. Here is a brief snippet: Insight Partners, Salesforce Ventures, and Meritec

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by Ethan Batraski

Unlocking the Modern Data Infrastructure, Venrock’s investment into Decodable

Announcing our Seed and Series A investments into Decodable Beginnings of the real-time data enterprise Data is rapidly transforming every industry. Brick & mortar stores are now turning into micro-distribution centers through real-time inventory management. Organizations are deliveri

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Course Correcting for Long-Term Success

Venrock partner Andrew Gottesdiener speaks with Jigar Raythatha, former CEO of Constellation Pharmaceuticals, about lessons learned from his time at Constellation. As Constellation has evolved from an early-stage company to being acquired by MorphoSys, Raythatha dives into its many life-c

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by Ethan Batraski

Investment Follow-Up: Announcing Atom Computing’s Series B

Congratulations to Ben, Jonathan, Rob, and the team at Atom Computing on the close of their $60M Series B, and welcome to our new friends at Third Point Ventures and Prime Movers Labs to the team! — Since announcing Atom Computing’s seed round in 2018, w

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Venrock partner Racquel Bracken speaks with Markus Renschler, President and CEO of Cyteir Therapeutics, to discuss the journey that led him to Cyteir, and the company’s path to going public. Renschler dives into an important lesson his parents instilled in him from a young age, “be comfortable

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Better COVID news and many more IPOs: 10 health care predictions for 2022 from two top investors

This article first appeared in It is co-authored with Bryan Roberts. We are back to prediction making once again, and here is the first: 2022 will be a year to look forward to. We hope that 2022 will be the year we go from thinking about COVID-19 every single day, to o

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Public Health & Pandemic Premonitions

With rising reports of Omicron in the United States, Venrock partner Bryan Roberts speaks with Dr. Charity Dean, CEO and co-founder of Public Health Company (PHC), to discuss her predictions and concerns for the latest Covid-19 variant. Dean and Roberts also talk about the long-term societal impact

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Success

Brad Stulberg, bestselling author of the books ‘The Passion Paradox’ and ‘Peak Performance,’ joins Venrock partner Bob Kocher to discuss his newest book, ‘The Practice of Groundedness.’ Stulberg offers a healthier, more sustainable model for success and dives into what groundedness mean