Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

author img 12.6.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Competing is for Losers

Chris Lochhead, a three-time Silicon Valley CMO, co-author of Play Bigger, and former entrepreneur, joins Brian Ascher of Venrock to discuss the importance of category design and marketing on this week’s episode of Running Through Walls. From having a provocative point of view to not accepting the

author img 11.22.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Covered California's Startup Ethos

Peter Lee, executive director for California’s health benefit exchange Covered California, joins Venrock’s Bob Kocher to discuss working with Washington and Peter’s goal of making healthcare a right, not a privilege. Lee started his career as a lawyer and became an AIDS/HIV activist in the 198

author img 11.14.2017
by Venrock

DJ Patil Joining Venrock

Venrock has a 40-year history of investing across technology and healthcare, including more than a decade at the intersection of those two sectors. Earlier this month we expanded our technology investing team with the addition of Tom Willerer.  Continuing to increase the depth and breadth of Venroc

author img 11.9.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: YouNow Introduces PROPS, a New Cryptocurrency

Curious about cryptocurrency? Venrock’s David Pakman talks to Adi Sideman and Yonatan Sela about the upcoming launch of PROPS, a new cryptocurrency. The YouNow team pioneered mobile live video and they were the first to introduce an economy around interactive video, where on the one side people ca

author img 10.18.2017
by Venrock

Welcome Tom Willerer

Venrock is thrilled to announce that Tom Willerer will be joining us as a partner. Tom will be helping us expand our efforts in consumer technology, looking for entrepreneurs who dare to do something that others believe is impossible. Venrock has a long history of investing in early stage, consumer

author img 10.18.2017
by Tom Willerer

A New Venture!

I joined Netflix in 2007, just when we were launching streaming. We were a $1 billion market cap company, only available in the US and our members were all on DVD. When I left in 2013, we had skyrocketed to a much larger company with a $20 billion market cap. Our members were located all over the wo

author img 10.4.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Pivoting to Success

Brian O’Kelley, CEO and co-founder of AppNexus, started his entrepreneurial endeavors early, first in high school refurbishing old Apple II computers and later in college creating websites in the nascent days of the internet. Venrock partner Mike Tyrrell talks to O’Kelley about his path from odd

author img 10.3.2017
by David Pakman

Churn is the single metric that determines the success of your subscription service.

A model to help you evaluate consumer subscription businesses (download here)Not every direct-to-consumer business should be a subscription service. Many try to be, and for good reason—subscription businesses often have more predictable revenue than other businesses, they allow you to acquire a cu

author img 9.22.2017
by Nick Beim

Learning Effects, Network Effects and Runaway Leaders

. There’s a new economic force at work in the machine learning revolution that is capable of generating increasing returns to scale, much as network effects did in the internet revolution. This force is automated learning, and its business impact comes in the form of learning effects: the more

author img 7.19.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Tales from a Turnaround

As the CEO of medical technology company ZELTIQ, Mark Foley was on the front lines of a major business transformation. Venrock’s Bryan Roberts talks to Foley about turning the company around by changing the business model and swapping out the majority of leadership, culminating in the successful a

author img 7.5.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: How to Build a Sales Team

Steve Walske founded Parametric Technology Corporation in 1985 and is now on the board of several prominent Silicon Valley companies including Synopsys and 6sense. Venrock partner Brian Ascher talks to Walske about his unique formula for building a strong sales team and striking a balance between m

author img 6.21.2017
by Venrock

Running Through Walls: I Don't Like Hype

Steve Papa, founder and CEO of Endeca through its acquisition by Oracle in 2011, has thrived in many roles throughout his career: neighborhood Mr. Fix-it, entrepreneur, founder, CEO, mentor and angel investor. In this week’s podcast, Venrock’s Bryan Roberts talks to Papa — now founder and CEO