Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Nick Beim

Collaborative Intelligence

Much of the early public discussion about AI focused on what AI could do better than humans and where it would replace human labor. The same thing happened with the emergence of computers in the 1960’s and is perhaps a natural human response to new technologies perceived as a threat. This

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Pandemic Preparedness: The Intersection of Academia and Public Health

Venrock partner Bob Kocher speaks with Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, Professor and Dean at Brown University School of Public Health, about the importance of interdisciplinary approaches and knowledge translation in tackling big public health problems. Dr. Jha delves into the journey that led him to become D

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by Todd Graham

Let's Made A Deal: A Crash Course On Corporate Development

Wash, rinse, repeat: A startup is founded, first product ships, customers engage, and then a larger company’s corporate development team sends a blind email requesting to “connect and compare notes.” If you’re a venture-backed startup, it would be wise to generate a return at some point,

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Setting the Stage for the Next 10 Years of Health Care Payment Innovation

This article first appeared in JAMANetwork.com. It is co-authored with Rahul Rajkumar, MD. To some it might appear as though the US health care system has made little progress over the past 10 years. Ten years ago, many perceived that health care was unaffordable for many people in the

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by Ethan Batraski

13 Problem Areas in Data Infrastructure to build NewCos

Sharing the problem areas and opportunities that could see large, rapid growth new challenges emerge. A year ago, we decided to start open-sourcing our thinking around problems areas of interest, starting with 15 Problem Spaces in Developer Tools & Infrastructure We’re Excited About a

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by Venrock

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 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