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  • How Cloud Startups Are Changing The Face Of Innovation

    Note: this post was originally published as a guest blog on TechCrunch on May 25, 2014 After more than a decade of hype and billions of dollars of value creation, it would be reasonable to expect investors to start losing interest in cloud-related startups. In the venture business, me-too investors reap ever-diminishing returns compared to early entrants in a new sector. And while the sweeping transformation that began with the migration of non-critical applications from the data center…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • A New Generation of Technologies Can Help Transform Healthcare

    Note: this post was originally published as a guest column on 'Building a Smarter Planet' on November 14, 2013   I’ve spent much of my life surrounded by doctors. Literally. Both of my parents are physicians. One of my sisters is a doctor; the other is studying to become one. So it’s no wonder that I was bitten by the medical bug. I, however, gravitated toward the business and company-building side of healthcare, where I have spent my entire career. Today, I…