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  • 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…

  • Something to Salivate Over

    About five years ago, I was paid the most arresting visit. A first-time entrepreneur named Anne Wojcicki came to NEA with an amazing idea, on a single sheet of paper: she wanted to make gene sequencing technology accessible to regular consumers for the first time ever, enabling all of us to learn amazing things about ourselves; to potentially live healthier, longer lives; and to completely revolutionize medical research. And all she needed was a little spit. Today the personal genomics…

  • Lytro Leaps Into Light

    Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Lytro, a new type of camera that will amaze you. Photography is a field that hasn’t fundamentally changed in two hundred years: since its advent in the 19th century, we have taken rays of light, manipulated them physically in glass lenses, and drawn these rays of light to a single focal point. There have been of course major advances: we had the first color photograph in 1861, the first instant Polaroid camera in 1948, and the…