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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 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 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

Cancelling Employer Health Insurance Can Be A Kindness

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 19, 2015.] Subsidies created by the ACA (1) plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees. And for some low-paid moms and dads, it’s a blessing. The shift […]

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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

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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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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