Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Ethan Batraski

15 Problem Spaces In Developer Tools & Infrastructure We’re Excited About At Venrock

So much of how we build and deliver software has changed, yet so much has stayed the same. UNIX, the original operating architecture that underpins our modern stack, was introduced 50 years ago. Linux, the dominant server operating system, was introduced 30 years ago. We rely on virtual mach

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by Ethan Batraski

Building A Responsive Future For Space Launch, Venrock’s Investment Into ABL Space

The backstory of our privileged investment into ABL Space Beginning of the new space economy We are at the beginning of a new era in the Space economy. There are over 20k satellites filed with the FCC for expected launch within the next 5–8 years. Global Space activity was estimated to

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by Ethan Batraski

Time To Build Robots For Humans, Not To Replace

Thinking about the future of robots and autonomy is exciting; driverless cars, lights-out factories, urban air mobility, robotic surgeons available anywhere in the world. We’ve seen the building blocks come together in warehouses, retail stores, farms, and on the roads. It is now ti

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by Nick Beim

Technology’s Transformation Of Geopolitics

Of all of the spheres of human activity that are being radically transformed by technology, one of the most consequential is geopolitics. Advances in technology are rapidly increasing national security vulnerabilities, changing the way countries compete and requiring a radical rethink of defense an

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by Brian Ascher

A Very Personal, Personal Capital Story

Congratulations to the entire Personal Capital team! Today the company announced it is being acquired by its strategic partner and investor, Empower Retirement. The very attractive price makes us not only financially happy, but grateful that a sophisticated global financial services f

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by Ethan Batraski

4 Enterprise Developer Trends That Will Shape 2021

Technology has dramatically changed over the last decade, and so has how we build and deliver enterprise software. Ten years ago, “modern computing” was to rely on teams of network admins managing data centers, running one application per server, deploying monolithic services, through w

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Rethinking Customer Success

Allison Pickens, former COO at Gainsight and co-author of “The Customer Success Economy: Why Every Aspect of Your Business Model Needs A Paradigm Shift” joins Venrock Partner Brian Ascher to discuss the new and increasingly important function of customer success for SaaS companies. They discuss

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by Ethan Batraski

Setting the Stage for a Commercial Era of Quantum Computers

Quantum computing has always fascinated me. Since reading Physicist David Deutsch’s Dream Machine article in the New Yorker almost a decade ago, I’ve been enthralled with the possibility of a technological reshuffle, unlocking a new dimension of answers about ourselves, nature, an

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by Bryan Roberts

2020 Healthcare Prognosis

As we all entered January 2020, many years into a historic bull run along (too?) many dimensions, few of us (well, maybe Stephon Marbury) had any idea what the next 4 months would bring. We have all had to adapt, finding resiliency and grace in the face of uncertainty and adversity. We have ha

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by Ethan Batraski

Moving to an ‘everything as code’ world

Engineers are great at making hard things possible. Then repeatable. Then automatable. Then run on their own. Software development has repeated this cycle over and over. We build a new capability; we make it easier to repeat with scripts, we let it run on its own with fixed functions, and then we a

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by Bob Kocher, MD

What If We Gave Hospitals Real Incentives To Prepare For The Next Pandemic?

This article first appeared on It is co-authored with Soleil Shah. The US response to COVID-19 makes it clear that hospitals in the United States are not adequately prepared to handle pandemics. Researchers have shown that hospitals will only have enough beds to meet demand in

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by David Pakman

Music’s Live-Streaming Moment

Since 1995, many of us have dreamed of a world of live-streamed music events. It might finally be happening. In 1995, as co-founder of Apple’s nascent music group, I partnered with two innovative club-owners, Andrew Rasiej (Irving Plaza) and Michael Dorf (The Knitting Factory) who had resu