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  • Captora: Solving the Marketer’s Dilemma

    Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Captora, which is revolutionizing demand generation with its cloud marketing solution. The role of marketing within enterprises has become more expansive and more critical than ever before, and marketers are under growing pressure to increase lead pipeline while lowering customer acquisition cost. Yet these two forces are largely opposed to each other, with increasing volume leading to higher incremental cost.  Marketers are demanding…

  • Opower IPO:  Big Data is a Big Deal for Climate Change

    “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world” – Archimedes, c250 B.C. Today we are excited to be a part of Opower’s IPO—an amazing milestone for founders Dan Yates and Alex Laskey, who shared the vision that a software company using big data and behavioral science could one day affect climate change.  We first met Dan and Alex six years ago when Opower was piloting a new kind of energy efficiency program to just a few thousand homes by a…

  • Uplifting News for Men

    Treating BPH without impotence, incontinence or inpatient hospital stays You’ve seen the commercials—the guy at the football game climbing the stadium stairs, going back and forth to the bathroom, only to miss the big touchdown. Or how about the one where the guy keeps getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom? Night after night, year after year. More than 75 million men worldwide seek treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—the non-cancerous…

  • Consumerizing Health Coverage: How a new Silicon Valley company is hitting its Stride

    How many Americans understand their health insurance coverage? According to a recent survey from the Journal of Health Economics, only about 14%. It’s one of the top personal expenditures for Americans each year, but the selection process gets a disproportionately low amount of thought and attention because it’s so confusing! One of the best analogies I can point to is purchasing a new mattress. Try shopping at various stores to find the best combination of price, performance and…

  • Unicorn Fever and the Billion-Dollar Business Boom

    Judging by the volume of recent news coverage, one might think you can’t walk around Silicon Valley anymore without tripping over a unicorn. Loosely defined as a company with a valuation greater than $1B (and the VCs who invest in them), the term invaded the tech/startup community lexicon late last year, when TechCrunch published, “Welcome to the Unicorn Club,” a guest post from Aileen Lee identifying 39 technology companies founded since 2003 with public or private market…