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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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December 10 2014
by Todd Hixon

Down-To-Earth Value From Big Data

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 17, 2013.] Big Data visualization. (Photo credit: Marius B)   Big data is an exciting idea, but I find little agreement about what the phrase means in concrete terms, and how to make use of it. Could big data be the next nanotech, a field that was […]

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December 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

Long Live The Healthcare Entitlement Economy

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2014.] Recently I heard a speaker  at a venture conference say that “Healthcare is changing from an entitlement economy to a market economy”. Many of us wish that would happen fast, but how real is it? Entitlement is pervasive in healthcare. Most legal U.S. residents receive healthcare that […]

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December 3 2014
by Todd Hixon

Four Pillars Of Leadership

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 6, 2013. Listening to CEOs and other senior leaders talk about building businesses is always a privilege. Last week I did this at the XSite conference in Boston (designed to recognize the high-tech revival in Boston) and again at the 50th anniversary gathering of 1,000 past and […]

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December 3 2014
by Todd Hixon

Digital Wearables Can Help Both Sick And Healthy People

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 26, 2014.] Dr. Robert Glattner’s recent post “Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness” underscores a big resource allocation tension in healthcare: between helping those who are sick, and helping those who are well avoid becoming sick. He points out that, today, most of […]

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November 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

How To Raise Money From A Venture Capitalist

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon May 8, 2013. On an IEEE panel last night an Intel Capital investor and I were asked to talk about this topic. The audience found the panel useful. Here’s a summary. When I was new in venture capital and raising money for a portfolio company,  a very successful VC […]

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November 20 2014
by Todd Hixon

Get Value From Board Observers

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 16, 2012.] Rethinking Board Observers – The Role of the “Silent Observer” The above-linked post by Mark Suster, a well-known venture capital blogger, starts with a very negative view of board observers, and then carves out a few situations in which they can be useful: “I have […]

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November 20 2014
by Todd Hixon

It’s A Tough Market For Both Entrepreneurs And Early-Stage VCs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 14, 2014.] The price of equity in early-stage companies has popped up more than ever before in my ~30 years as a venture capital investor. The chart below shows that the valuation of Series A financings — the price investors pay per dollar of ownership in an early stage company — has […]

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November 13 2014
by Todd Hixon

Glad To Be An East Coast VC

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 14, 2013.] I spent the week in California, most of it at the annual Venture Investing conference in San Francisco. A few observations: The mood was rather positive, but the attendance was half was it was a year ago. That tells a lot about what seems to […]

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