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  • More than a Health Plan…

    If innovation comes in waves, then the managed care industry may very well be in the midst of a tsunami. The last seismic shift in the industry was arguably back in the nineties, resulting from legislation like the Balanced Budget Act—which imposed new payment structures, stricter compliance, and increased incentives for efficiency. Health Plan operation and administration was forced to adapt, and even though this period coincided with the explosion of the internet—emerging…

  • State of the Startup Economy (End of Q1 2016)

    *note: originally published on Amit Mukherjee's personal blog With Q1 2016 nearly in the books, it’s obvious that the tech sector is experiencing a downturn. Having been on the ground as a venture capitalist for NEA through this cycle, I’ve experienced first-hand how sentiment and decision-making has changed over the past nine months across hundreds of deals that we have evaluated. In this blog post, I aim to (1) cite a number of data points that illustrate the downturn and (2)…

  • When too much private capital throws off the adoption curve

    Note: this post was originally published as a guest blog in VentureBeat on December 5, 2015 On its best days, the venture business offers a glimpse of tomorrow — a look at how things will be when our kids grow up. The chance to help those new technologies and markets take shape is one of the reasons I became an investor, and that drive has only intensified with time and experience. But as most good VCs will attest, predicting what will happen is not actually that difficult; it’s…

  • illusive networks: Why Honeypots are Stuck in the Past

    “All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu Whether “Trojans” or “Phishing”, deception has long been a valuable technique used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to corporate networks.  Yet, the use of deception for the purpose of defending against these hackers has remained limited.  Defensive deception has traditionally taken the form of “Honeypots”, in which fake systems containing resources seemingly lucrative to…

  • 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…