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  • Calling Out True Positives: NEA Invests in Innovative Oncology Diagnostics Company, PGDx

    C-3PO: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand, seven hundred and twenty to one.” Han Solo: “Never tell me the odds!" - From Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The paradigm for treating cancer is evolving incredibly rapidly today. New targeted agents, immuno-oncology, and combination treatment strategies are increasing in availability and price at an accelerating rate, yet predicting any given…

  • illusive networks: Why Honeypots are Stuck in the Past

    “All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu Whether “Trojans” or “Phishing”, deception has long been a valuable technique used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to corporate networks.  Yet, the use of deception for the purpose of defending against these hackers has remained limited.  Defensive deception has traditionally taken the form of “Honeypots”, in which fake systems containing resources seemingly lucrative to…

  • Collective Health: Turning Information into Knowledge to Redefine American Healthcare

    “Information is not knowledge.” Einstein said it, and nowhere is the disconnect between information and knowledge more evident than the health insurance industry. Self-funded employers and their covered members are flooded with payment data, plan information, eligibility requirements, and care documentation, without a true understanding of what it all means and what needs to be done to maximize care and minimize cost. The 2014 Global Brand Simplicity Index surveyed thousands of…

  • Why Design at NEA?

    A few months ago, when Dayna Grayson and Kate Barrett first mentioned to me the possibility of joining NEA as a Designer-in-Residence, I was simultaneously intrigued and excited. I became a designer because I wanted to create impactful and useful things —what would it be like to do that in partnership with the world’s largest venture capital firm? Could a heightened emphasis on design within NEA lead to greater impact for the design community, for the companies within…

  • Onshape – Why the Future of Manufacturing Relies on Full-Cloud Enabled Computer Aided Design

    The transition of modern software businesses from an upfront, expensive license fee to a monthly subscription model started over a decade ago. Salesforce led the charge when Marc Benioff declared “The End of Software.” He introduced a distributed software model, making customer information available to salespeople out of the home office, in the field. This was transformational, adding huge efficiencies to sales processes and, thereby, revenue for many of Salesforce’s…