BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

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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October 2 2014
by Todd Hixon

The New, New Digital-Health-Wearable Products

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 30, 2014.] Health 2.0, which took place last week in Silicon Valley, offered a runway display of digital health wearables (“DHWs”). Models strutted while entrepreneurs pitched their products, giving an overview of what the new, new DHW things are in the Valley. My take: health wearables are […]

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October 1 2014
by Todd Hixon

If It Looks Like A Bubble, And Quacks Like A Bubble …

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 26, 2014.] Then it’s best not to build your house on it. Silicon Valley sure looks like a bubble to me, and many others think so too. While these are heady times, it’s actually very difficult to start new investments. Some back-to-basics thinking is the best way […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

The Rise Of The Spoon-Fed Internet

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 23, 2013.] I’m a long-time iGoogle user, and iGoogle is going away on November 1. iGoogle is Google’s personal homepage: one page on which my favorite news feeds and current information like weather and stock indexes appear. Why did something that is so useful to me disappear? […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Breaking The New Code Of Venture Financing

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 7, 2014.] There has long been a “code” for venture financing: one word and a series of letters (seed, A, B, C … ending with M&A and IPO) that denote different stages of financing. Entrepreneurs and investors all knew what those letters meant. Now the code has changed. Understanding the new […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Four Reasons To Switch From Android To iPhone

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 26, 2014.] After four years with an Android phone, I switched back to iPhone this month. I liked my Android phone, but the smartphone experience is very much a matter of details, and diving into today’s iPhone makes me realize how great a job Apple has done, and how […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Big Ideas From The Forbes Healthcare Summit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 12, 2013.]   (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)   The Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York last week brought together very senior people across the U.S. healthcare spectrum: CEOs of big insurance companies, R&D heads of top pharma companies, CEOs of major medical centers, and CEOs of a […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Health Care Will Take A Much Bigger Bite Out Of Your Wallet

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 11, 2013] I suspect most people would say, if asked, that individuals have been paying an increasing share of the cost of health care. They are thinking about the steadily rising premium cost-share percentages, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance that have been imposed on people with private health […]

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