Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by David Pakman

Crypto Collectibles — The Second Consumer Blockchain Wave?

Photo by Frank Massa   As a kid I collected baseball cards. I actually still have them. I started buying packs of Topps and Fleer cards, moved on to trading them with friends, and then graduated to buying and selling at local hobby shops and baseball card conventions (that’s right, kids,

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Serendipity and Success

Todd Brinton, cardiologist and co-founder of Shockwave, spoke with Venrock’s Colin Cahill to discuss his journey from studying bioengineering to starting medical device company Shockwave. He shares the ups and downs of applying to medical school, how he decided to veer off the traditional medical

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Devoted Health: Relationships & Purpose

By Bob Kocher and Bryan Roberts Probably the most rewarding part of venture investing is tackling difficult problems with great people (and then succeeding…).  Devoted Health is a textbook case.  An enormously important, yet hugely complex challenge – redesigning health care to be higher quali

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by Venrock

Devoted Health: Relationships & Purpose

By Bob Kocher and Bryan Roberts Probably the most rewarding part of venture investing is tackling difficult problems with great people (and then succeeding…). Devoted Health is a textbook case. An enormously important, yet hugely complex challenge – redesigning health care to be higher qualit

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by Ethan Batraski

A Radical New Paradigm in Quantum Computing, Venrock’s Investment into Atom Computing

In 1969, Venrock was one of the first investors in a crazy, misfit group of inventors building a company to reinvent ‘computers’. They named it Intel and what ensued kicked off the most innovative period in modern history. Fast forward to today, we are excited to announce our investment in

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Unlocking Crypto

Venrock partner David Pakman speaks with CoinFund’s Jake Brukhman and Aleksandr (Alex) Bulkin about their path to the crypto space, projects they have worked on, as well as the challenges they have faced. The crypto ecosystem is still early in its evolution and there is a lot of room for improveme

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Talking Culture, Live from Venrock

Jessica Neal, Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, joined Partner Tom Willerer for a special event at Venrock’s office to discuss culture, hiring and what early-stage founders need to think about when building their teams. Tom and Jessica discuss some of the unique features of Netflix’s culture and

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by Ethan Batraski

Founder Advice for Finding Product-Market Fit

On June 5th Venrock co-hosted an event with Plato called Product Unplugged, an off the record session providing mentorship for early stage startups on all things product. We had over 85 applications for the event, but space for only 40 attendees, so we’ve decided to share some of the insight from

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by Tom Willerer

Advice for First Time Founders

On June 5th Venrock co-hosted an event with Plato called Product Unplugged, which was an off the record session providing mentorship for early stage startups on all things product. We had over 85 applications for the event, but space for only 40 attendees, so we’ve decided to share some of the

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Part 2: The Powers Behind Tesla, Stanford & Netflix

Hamilton Helmer, strategy expert and author of "7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy" joins Venrock partner Tom Willerer for part two of their conversation, applying the 7 Powers framework to three iconic organizations: Tesla, Stanford University and Netflix.

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by Mike Tyrrell

Force of Nature

I first met Brian O’Kelley in the summer of 2008, when he was looking to raise his first institutional round of funding for AppNexus. Brian had a vision for how the online advertising market was going to evolve and believed that building highly scaled services for both sides of the industry - publ

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Part 1: 7 Powers Uncovered

Hamilton Helmer, strategy expert and author of "7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy" joins Venrock partner Tom Willerer for part one of their discussion about business strategy and Helmer's book. They discuss each power, why it matters, and how much attention early-stage founders should b