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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

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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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 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 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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June 13 2011
by Todd Hixon

Physics & Politics

I have always loved finding the non-obvious underlying truth, which is why I studied Physics and would be a sad failure in politics. My favorite part of TechCrunch New York was the presentation by EcoMotors, a company that wants to reduce oil consumption and CO2 emissions by producing a much better internal combustion (IC) engine.  […]

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January 18 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Monetization 2.0

Mobile monetization 2.0 is going to happen in 2011.  Marketing budgets against mobile are showing up in the hundreds of millions, some new monetization schemes (CPL and CPD) are paying good eCPMs, 4G is coming, and this is all really great news for entrepreneurs and mobile app publishers as everyone everywhere taps into mobile apps. […]

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June 15 2009
by Scott Johnson

Bing – the next Huggies?

The search business reminds me a bit of the diaper business.  Hugely profitable for the winner, you can’t live without it regardless of economic times, and once you pick a brand you pretty much stick with it.  But incumbents are not 100% secure.  Prior to 1978, there was no Huggies.  Pampers ruled the disposable diaper […]

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May 9 2009
by Todd Hixon

Rod Brooks interview: TLH notes from the Nantucket conference

MIT professor, star of movie Fast, Cheap, and Out of ControliRobot started without a plan, just some JPL contracts, ran that way for 8 yearsDid not raise money until we saw external market opportunities At one point had six product divisions Now two divisions:  gov and consumer If we had it to do again, we would […]

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