Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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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

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Economic Incentives for Administrative Simplification

This article first appeared in It is co-authored with Anuraag Chigurupati, MBA. Administrative complexity in the US health system has been identified as the source of enormous spending and potential cost savings.1 In a new report, Sahni and colleagues2 provide

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by Bob Kocher, MD

CMS Can Seize Opportunities to Fix the Rural Glitch, Risk Adjustment Caps in MSSP

This article first appeared in It is co-authored with Sean Cavanaugh, MPH, and Travis Broome, MPH, MBA. The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) has seen its growth slow, but CMS has an opportunity to act on proposals that would address benchmarking and more fairly allocate savings t

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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 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