BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

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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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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