BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

January 29 2015
by Todd Hixon

CES: Looking Back 25 Years

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 17, 2014.] While many felt that the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) lacked anything revolutionary, the change over 25 years is remarkable. Computer vendors and consumer electronics vendors once had separate shows. Today the shows are combined, consumer companies dominate, and most computer vendors are gone (or, in […]

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January 29 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cancelling Employer Health Insurance Can Be A Kindness

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 19, 2015.] Subsidies created by the ACA (1) plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees. And for some low-paid moms and dads, it’s a blessing. The shift […]

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January 22 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cut The Fluff From The Sales Pipeline

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 16, 2013.] Or: The Quantum Theory Of Business I’ve listened to more sales pipeline reviews than I can count, and I expect you have too. Typically, there is an array of opportunities, some sounding very attractive, and discussion of how far each is from a close. The […]

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January 22 2015
by Todd Hixon

The Doctor/Patient Relationship Is At A Crossroads

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 13, 2015.] The relationship between doctors and their customers (aka “patients”) is changing fast, driven by the forces underlying healthcare reform. Three new models are emerging: integrated health systems, direct primary care, and retail care. Their strengths and weaknesses are very different, and our lives and fortunes […]

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January 15 2015
by Todd Hixon

The Healthcare.gov Debacle Will Make The Feds More Powerful

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 10, 2013.] The implementation of healthcare.gov has flopped spectacularly. And, recently, the White House shot its other foot when it told 5 million Americans that they can keep their individual policies when, in fact, they can’t, and many in and out of government knew they could not. […]

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January 15 2015
by Todd Hixon

Seven Turning Points To Watch For In 2015

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 1, 2015.] Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many […]

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January 7 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cliff’s Notes For Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 20, 2013.] JAMA | The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States. Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a remarkable article that lays out the economics and industry structure of the US health care system (linked above). It is comprehensive, concise, […]

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January 7 2015
by Todd Hixon

Unicorn Hunting Is Not The Only Way To Make Money In Venture Capital

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 18, 2014.] The U.S. venture industry has been fascinated by “Unicorns” (companies with a $1 billion exit or private valuation) in recent years. The term Unicorn, coined by Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures in a TechCrunch post three years ago, suggests a rare and magical thing. The […]

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December 17 2014
by Todd Hixon

Twitter, The Morning After: Why Entrepreneurs Love … And Hate … Huge Exits

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 8, 2013.] Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups | TechCrunch. Huge exits (“unicorns”) are a dilemma for entrepreneurs: they make the venture world work, but they are so rare that the great majority of entrepreneurs can’t realistically expect to achieve one. For investors, the […]

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December 17 2014
by Todd Hixon

Can Healthcare Become User-Friendly?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 12, 2014.] Healthcare is the most important, expensive, and complicated system most of us deal with in our lives. And it has an awful user interface and experience. Can, and will, the user experience be fixed in our lifetimes? Is doing so a business opportunity? Here are the symptoms of healthcare […]

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