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  • Collective Health: Turning Information into Knowledge to Redefine American Healthcare

    “Information is not knowledge.” Einstein said it, and nowhere is the disconnect between information and knowledge more evident than the health insurance industry. Self-funded employers and their covered members are flooded with payment data, plan information, eligibility requirements, and care documentation, without a true understanding of what it all means and what needs to be done to maximize care and minimize cost. The 2014 Global Brand Simplicity Index surveyed thousands of…

  • Onshape – Why the Future of Manufacturing Relies on Full-Cloud Enabled Computer Aided Design

    The transition of modern software businesses from an upfront, expensive license fee to a monthly subscription model started over a decade ago. Salesforce led the charge when Marc Benioff declared “The End of Software.” He introduced a distributed software model, making customer information available to salespeople out of the home office, in the field. This was transformational, adding huge efficiencies to sales processes and, thereby, revenue for many of Salesforce’s…

  • Data Performance Management: Unlocking the Enterprise’s Greatest Asset

    As buzzwords go, “Big Data” has jumped the proverbial shark. The term is so rampantly overused (and misused) that it has virtually no meaning at all. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t some highly compelling investment opportunities if you can manage to cut through the bull. We’ve backed a number of “big data” plays in recent years, both in infrastructure (e.g. MapR, Databricks) and applications (e.g. Lattice Engines, Conviva). And today we…

  • LearnUp: Using Technology to Solve the Skills Gap

    Marley Barazon was 16 when she immigrated to the United States from the Philippines.  For months, while handling the rigor of senior year of high school, she looked for a job to support her family as they attempted to make it in a new country.  Application after application, she kept receiving rejections.  After three months, Marley finally came across a Craigslist posting for a position at Old Navy, and the link redirected her to LearnUp.  After completing the scenario-based…

  • HackerOne:  Cybersecurity is War, and We Need a New Army

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result”  – Albert Einstein, 1951 “It may sound crazy to try this.  But it is also irresponsible not to…” – Bill Gurley, 2015 I am excited to announce our investment in HackerOne, the leading cybersecurity marketplace which connects enterprises and governments to responsible and ethical hackers.  Many of the largest Internet companies such as…