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  • Unlocking Human Potential: What We Learned from NEA’s New Design Studio Format

    In a mobile-first world, design is not only key to developing products consumers love, but needs to be a core part of a company’s DNA from the earliest days. Brand differentiation and consumer behavior now hinge on a product’s design, and we see a growing number of talented designers making the leap to entrepreneurship. In 2013, NEA created the Design Studio, a summer-long mentorship program for designers interested in founding companies. One year later, we kicked off our second…

  • 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…

    • May 2, 2013

    Unveiling Innovate for America

    Note: this post was originally published on Sheel Tyle’s personal blog on May 2, 2013 and highlights the work of some NEA colleagues. Almost four hundred years ago, 102 English Pilgrims set sail westward toward an unknown land. They didn’t know whether they would survive their harsh journey, but they believed so strongly in their pursuit of freedom, and in their hopes for economic prosperity, that they dared to do what very few had done before. They became one of the first sets…

  • Startups by Design

    For the past year or so, I’ve noticed a pattern among new founders. The most inspiring entrepreneurs--with the most beautiful and engaging initial products--all had something in common. They were designers turned entrepreneurs; some were UI designers, some were physical product designers. All had an intense passion for making the user experience addictive and valuable. Many were thinking about transitioning their project to a full-time effort, but they were looking for a path, a way to…