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  • GoEuro: One destination, optimal transportation

    Two decades ago, planning a trip involved calling a travel agent and trusting them to book what you wanted.  Today, anyone can go online and be inundated with options for flights, hotels, vacation deals, and more. Democratization of data through the Web means consumers have access to a practically limitless amount of information. This puts considerable power in the hands of individuals, but it also leads to a complex data optimization problem for consumers to match up the right set of…

  • A better way to find a BetterDoctor

    More than 80% of U.S. consumers conduct online research prior to making everyday purchases. This is a statistic that is growing, and extends beyond products to include services and, finally, even healthcare. With the abundance of information available, consumers are empowered--they want to be as informed as possible when selecting physicians, but how does someone navigate through the overwhelming results of Google searches and decide how to best make a decision as important as selecting a…

  • Aerospike: The Database for the “Time is Money” set

    When a VC doubles down on an investment, one can assume two things:  first, that the company’s execution is exceeding the investor’s expectations, and second, that the opportunity is now even bigger. Aerospike, the in-memory NoSQL database company that today announced a $20M Series C round of financing, the availability of open-source licensing and a marquee customer relationship, squarely fits the bill. The company’s solid execution coupled with a rapidly growing market…

  • 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…

  • Lessons from NEA Studio

    Over the last six months, I’ve worked alongside several colleagues at NEA to launch NEA Studio, a 14-week incubator program to help professional designers start their own companies. Led by NEA Partner Dayna Grayson, our core project team developed the program objectives, designed a curriculum, selected seven “designer founders” from around 100 applicants, and assembled a cast of tech veterans to serve as program advisors. The thesis of the program was simple: Design is now…