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  • 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…

  • 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…