BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

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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November 6 2014
by Todd Hixon

Seeking Alignment Between Management And Investors

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2012.] It’s All About The Money?    I sat in a board meeting last week where we talked about closing a deal to sell the company. This company will sell for substantial money, but far less than investors have put in over nine years. As we […]

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November 5 2014
by Todd Hixon

Real Age Comes Of Age

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 3, 2014.] I’m struck by the number of references to links between behavior and life span that I encounter every week. Recent examples: •  “Drinking a can of soda every day takes two years off your life.” [That made me reach for a bottle of water.] •  […]

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October 30 2014
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Needs Stronger Market Forces

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 17, 2012.] The U.S. Health Care industry is a huge industry that exhibits a remarkable lack of competition. There is huge concentration of market power on both the buy and the sell side. Health care is a regional market, mostly because service providers need to be close […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Is Telemedicine Suddenly Hot?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2014.] Google’s recent announcement that it will provide telemedicine services was the crescendo to a swelling volume of recent interest: e.g., articles in VentureBeat, U.S. News, and The Economist. Telemedicine has been around for a generation. Why is this happening now? Rising use of telemedicine takes […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 12, 2012.] Venture capital has been getting a lot of support from politicians and the press recently, notably the passage of the JOBS (“Jump-start Our Business Start-ups”) Act. A key provision, much mentioned by President Obama, lets Joe Ordinary become a venture capital investor via legalization of […]

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October 16 2014
by Todd Hixon

Rebutting The Premise That Doctors Help Drive High Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 24, 2012.] Two of my recent posts* have addressed the drivers of high health care costs in the U.S. I’ve received a lot of comments, for which I’m grateful, as this is meant to be a conversation. Many of the comments have come from the medical community: […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

How Venture Capital Helps Drive Up Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 14, 2012.] The venture capital industry gets a lot of good press, especially for job creation. [Bear in mind, however, that entrepreneurs do the heavy lifting.] But, from a health care cost perspective, I think venture capital is part of the problem. I’ve criticized doctors in recent […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

What To Do When Hope Is The Enemy

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 8, 2014.] A wise and experienced VC colleage, talking about a mutual portfolio company, remarked: “I feel sorry for Bob [the CEO]; he’s trapped trying to make AnyCo successful, but it’s going nowhere.” That was three years ago. AnyCo struggles on. Entrepreneurs and investors alike get committed […]

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October 7 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will You Buy Your Healthcare At Walmart?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 10, 2014.] Healthcare is becoming a retail business. The exchanges created by the ACA (1) and other forces are making consumers responsible for choosing health plans and providers. Major retailers see this, and they are deepening their health care value add, becoming healthcare providers and more. Someday soon, when you launch […]

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