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March 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Startups Are Rebuilding The Healthcare User Experience

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 2, 2015] A senior exec of a big health insurer recently returned from a company offsite dedicated to becoming “customer centric”. I asked if they talked about making EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) understandable? “Not really”, he said. For me that sums up the state of healthcare customer care: becoming top-of-mind, but the […]

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March 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Healthcare Costs: Low-Hanging Fruit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 4, 2014.] Many proposals for improving cost/effectiveness of U.S. medicine are contending for resources and attention. These proposals span personalized medicine, big-data technology to find patterns and coordinate care, tightly-managed accountable healthcare systems, and marketplace incentives. Listening to a panel prepare for a conference this week brought that […]

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February 25 2015
by Todd Hixon

Wearable Devices: Selfies For Health Nuts?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 18, 2014 There’s big excitement about wearable, digital self-measurement devices, gathered under the rubric: “Quantified Self.” Estimated revenues from these devices were $290 million last year, forecast to double in 2014 (1). Pundits are gearing up: the New York Times published a special report last week (2) […]

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February 19 2015
by Todd Hixon

Potholes In The Road To Phone / Car Integration

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 11, 2014.] Phone/car integration is a huge source of value for consumers: it brings together the key life-changing consumer technologies of the 20th and 21st centuries. The car companies made big noises at CES this year (more). And Apple recently previewed CarPlay, which puts iOS into the car. […]

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February 18 2015
by Todd Hixon

Every Great Startup Needs A Growth Explosion

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 18, 2015.] We know start-ups need to grow fast. Most people would say that doubling every year (100%/year) is great growth. In my experience, 100%/year doesn’t do it. In its first few years a great start-up needs a growth explosion that takes it to a significant scale, say $10 […]

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February 12 2015
by Todd Hixon

Why Bother To Invest In Venture Capital If You’re Not In WhatsApp?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 3, 2014.] WhatsApp’s dramatic exit to Facebook last week vividly illustrates how the U.S. venture capital industry is dividing into two worlds, which you might call “Super-Unicorns” and “ShadowFaxes.” Unicorns* refers to $1 billion + exits; Super Unicorns are spectacular successes like WhatsApp: $16 billion of exit […]

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February 12 2015
by Todd Hixon

There Are No Base Hits For Startups Today

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 12, 2015.] Once upon a time, like ten years ago, entrepreneurs could make decent money building a business that hit milestones but never got big and sold for $10 – $20 million. These exits would pay entrepreneurs enough to sends kids to college and return 1x-2x capital […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Why Digital Health Will Have Huge Impact

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 3, 2014.] Digital Health has big buzz this year. For example, it was a hot topic at both the Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) and the more-serious JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. (“Digital Health” refers to products and businesses that apply modern digital technologies — the web, mobile, the […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Where The Big Healthcare Bulls Are Running: Notes From The 2015 JP Morgan Conference

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 25, 2015.] The Annual JP Morgan conference is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and venture investors to learn where the big players think U.S. healthcare is going, and how they plan to play. Here’s a summary of the trends I heard at the conference, and what they […]

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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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