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  • Design and Venture Capital Q&A with Dayna Grayson

    NEA Partner Dayna Grayson recently joined the Design and Venture Capital panel at the 2016 O'Reilly Design Conference in San Francisco and weighed in on the importance of design from her position as a venture capitalist. Below are 10 questions she answered posed by moderator and leading technology design thinker, John Maeda. INVESTMENT SPACE AND DESIGN: JM: How does a design perspective help in evaluating an investment decision, in obvious ways? DG: The obvious way that a design…

  • A New Beginning…

    Dear friends and colleagues, The passage from one year to the next has always inspired gratitude in me—perhaps because at a time of transition, one can fully appreciate the blessings of the journey so far, while eagerly anticipating what lies ahead. As some of you know, this New Year marked a particularly significant milestone for me. A decade ago, on January 1, 2006, I joined NEA as a General Partner. After 10 years, five funds, nearly four dozen investments, and more blessings than I…

  • 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…

  • Looking Beyond the Numbers in Women’s Reproductive Medicine

    3.9 million births were recorded in the US in 2013, according to the CDC, down 1% from previous years. Of those, 11.4% were premature births. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), preterm birth is one of the primary causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality, and the Institute of Medicine estimates that preterm births cost the healthcare system $26 billion annually. 10%. This is what the ASRM estimates is the percentage of women who suffer from endometriosis. Of…

  • The Non-Designer’s Guide to Hiring a Designer

    If you’re a start-up founder looking to hire a designer, chances are you (1) aren’t entirely sure how to go about it, and (2) are wishing you’d done it months ago. Hiring a designer can feel confusing, especially if you’ve never hired one before on your own. There are a lot of questions that come up: What kind of designer am I looking for? How do I get them excited? Where do they fit into our team or workflow? Will there be enough work? Or too much work?  And…