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  • The Investor’s Dilemma: What Matters Most?

    People often ask VCs: What is the most important thing to look for in new investments? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer is actually pretty complicated. We look for disruption, and we look for impact. We look for teams and companies that are solving problems and challenging the status quo. More than anything, we look for the right people—for entrepreneurs who have a certain spark about them. Very rarely, the stars align so that all of those factors—the team, technology, and market…

  • Powering Real-Time Insights for Growth with Attest

    For a long time now, I’ve been drawn to the consumer insights and market research space—both as a consumer and investor. In fact, through the course of studying promising consumer companies over the past few years, I’ve spent no small amount of time designing and deploying surveys on consumer behavior, including fumbling through various non-intuitive survey creation workflows online, struggling to find the right target audience and then ultimately abandoning the exercise altogether upon…

  • Tiburio: Investing in Traditional Drug Development in the Era of Big Science Platforms

    For the past ten years I have been a biopharma investor at NEA, and in that time I have witnessed the drug industry truly enter the genomic age. With technologies such as gene and mRNA therapy, gene editing, CAR-T and other cell therapies, we are living in a time of unprecedented potential (and peril, as demonstrated by Chinese researcher He Jiankui’s rogue experimentation with gene editing on two human embryos). The public markets (and in some cases, strategic acquirors) have valued these…

  • Investing in Marketplaces at NEA

    After a nine-year hiatus from venture, during which I was building the product team at Airbnb, I am thrilled to be back, investing in consumer technology as a partner at NEA. The opportunities today are far greater than they were in 2009, in the doldrums of the financial crisis. It feels like a step function change in the level of activity that is occurring in the startup ecosystem. Entrepreneurship has been democratized. Technology has seeped into the lives of everyone around the world,…

    • May 15, 2018

    Choosy: Ushering in a New Era of Fashion and Commerce

    Back in the early 2000s, I remember tearing through the pages of Teen Vogue to check out the latest in celebrity fashion. While I knew how to get my hands on those Juicy Couture tracksuits, not everything was that easy. That dress that Marissa wore to prom on The O.C.? I needed that. But where could I find it? Could I even afford it? Back then, we were accustomed to four fashion seasons per year, all of which required six months of lead time and offered little flexibility. Zara, of course,…