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February 21 2014
by Todd Hixon

Insights From An Exclusive Healthcare Banker Conference

This year’s JP Morgan Healthcare conference brought 9,000 investors and 400 companies together in San Francisco. The conference gave a strong impression that change is happening fast, and CEOs described how the change affects their businesses and laid out their strategies to adapt and profit from it. This is the top U.S. conference for healthcare investors. An ...

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February 21 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will Apple’s Next Products Move The Needle?

Tim Cook’s New Innovation Strategy For Apple, Right On Time – Forbes. [This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 16, 2013. It's a few months old now, but the situation is much the same.] As the post cited above describes, Apple says it is having its “most innovative year ever”, and it is poised to launch ...

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January 14 2014
by Todd Hixon

Higher Education Is Now Ground Zero For Disruption

Why? US Higher Ed has a product that does not work, ridiculous costs, and an antiquated business model. For many years we accepted this because we see extraordinary value in education. Now, most middle and upper-middle class parents find they cannot give their children the education they enjoyed. Technology has recently put a spark to this fuel: on-line education works and dramatically ...

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2014 Bring?

2013 was a better year than I expected. My “What Will 2013 Bring?” post talked about 1) a rough ride for the US economy, 2) the fading consumer web, 3) tight money for start-ups, and 4) fascinating new areas of opportunity. Looking back, I’d say: 1) at the 12th hour the government got its act half ...

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Against Expectations, Health Care Reform Shows Signs Of Working

U. S. attempts at health care reform, centered on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”) have created controversy and evoked much criticism and cynicism. I and others have observed that the ACA is much stronger on coverage extension than on cost control. But, we are now seeing evidence that cost growth is ...

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why Android Is Winning The Tablet Wars

Android tablets took the lead from Apple’s iOS tablets in Q1 of 2013 (source). This is a huge change from three years ago, when Apple invented the modern tablet. Global electronic tablet market share by OS and Vendor; data via IDC and Strategy Analytics.   What is happening and where is this going? I see four driving forces: ...

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November 20 2013
by Todd Hixon

Should Doctors Be Paid Like Hedge Fund Managers?

  Uwe E. Reinhardt: Debating Doctors’ Compensation – NYTimes.com. I seldom disagree with Uwe Reinhardt [much as I seldom agree with Robert Raich], however Reinhardt’s post linked above on physician compensation prompts a rebuttal. Not a place of healing**   Reinhardt argues that the best standard for judging the level of doctors’s pay is the ...

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November 20 2013
by Todd Hixon

Android: The OS For Serious People?

A VC: Android and iOS Demographics In The US. CivicScience: How To Tell An Android User From An iOS User (Credit: CivicScience, Inc. www.civicscience.com)   Recently some good minds have dug into the difference between customers who choose Android and iOS devices (in most cases, phones). Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures in his blog “A VC” ...

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November 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Health Insurer Could Be A Better Friend

In a previous post I argued that the health insurance company is the buyer’s friend going forward. Bending the cost curve is to a significant extent a wrestling match between payers and providers. Health insurers are the heavyweights for the payer team (more). Ebeneezer Scrooge, A Role In Which Health Insurers Are Frequently Cast. Image credit: marzolino ...

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November 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

LED Light Bulbs Mature At Last

About ten years ago I invested in an LED (light emitting diode) company, and [cutting to the chase] we were too early. The technology and the market did not come together as soon as we had expected, our first application win was short-lived, and the venture turned a lot of dollars into dimes. Along the ...

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