You know how you accumulate stuff in your office until it feels like a time capsule? Well, that was my office until last week. I decided it was high time to dig a trench between the door and the desk and, in the process, to move whatever was in there taking up space to that […]
Digital Health* – From Zero to Hero to ??
I had the pleasure of keynoting the recent UCLA Medtech Partnering Conference, where they asked me to speak on digital health,* and particularly its current state and where I see the opportunities and challenges over the next few years. I was happy to speak at this conference in part because it creates a forum to […]
The End is Near, The Future is Bright
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard A few blogs back I wrote about valuations, how they are determined and how crazy they have been. In that piece, called Unraveling the Magical Mystery of Valuation Math, I talked about how valuations of private companies are derived and, […]
Unraveling the Magical Mystery of Valuation Math – How Do VCs Price Private Companies?
In the venture capital class I teach at Haas, the one topic that never fails to confuse is valuation, or how a private company is valued in an investment transaction. I’m not sure if it’s because math is hard, because valuation is based largely on not exactly math, or because it’s hard to keep track […]
The Zoom Where It Happens
Like half of America and, no doubt, all of the inhabitants of Wakanda (given their affiliation with Disney), I watched the musical Hamilton on July 3rd on my newly acquired Disney+ streaming account. It wasn’t my first Hamilton rodeo. I have been very fortunate to have seen the musical a few times in both New […]
Digital Health: An Evolution From B.C. (Before Coronavirus) to A.D. (After the Disease)
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. That Dickensian construct is a perfect one for thinking about digital health before and after the advent of the coronavirus. As late as March, the runaway train that has been investment in digital health had been running along at Bullet Train speed. 2019 […]
Emerging Company Fundraising: What to Expect as a Result of COVID-19
Note: This article was authored by a trio consisting of me and my colleagues Nancy Nan and Rich McDerby in the Manatt Emerging Companies/Venture Capital Group; it originally ran on Manatt.com’s COVID resource website, found HERE. Thought I might pass it along here to my startup friends. As has become clear to all of us, […]
Three Essential Questions That Entrepreneurs Must Ask Investors
Two weeks ago my blog post was directed to investors (and by implication, to entrepreneurs) and encouraged them to ask three essential questions before making an investment in a healthcare company, particularly a digital health company. Note that I don’t think my post was entirely applicable to biotech investments since most of them are intended […]
Latest from the Tech Tonics Podcast: Sam Brasch, A Modern Day Alex P. Keaton at Work
Born and bred in Mill Valley, Marin County, California, home of the Tech Tonics recording studio, Sam Brasch saw himself as a modern-day Alex P. Keaton – he just wanted to be a business man. He was “that kid” who was reading the Lee Iacocca biography in 4th grade while the other kids played soccer […]
New Tech Tonics Episode – Glenn Pierce: All In!
Physician, scientist, patient, advocate: Glenn Pierce inhabits all four roles, and seems the physical embodiment of the translational impulse, driven by his own experiences coping with severe hemophilia to advance the science – and the policy – he hopes will eventually cure this condition for patients across the globe. While other kids enjoyed carefree childhoods, […]
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