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Rock Weekly: Where’s the exit?

| January 26, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

January 26, 2015

While digital health may be lagging on the public market, conversations about the industry dominated Inside the Beltway last week. POTUS kicked everything off by announcing the Precision Medicine Initiative (more on what it needs to actually work here), while the ONC declared it would better help entrepreneurs navigate HIPAA compliance. (FYI, these companies can too.)

Rock Weekly: Are wearables getting creepy?

| January 12, 2015|Tags:

January 12, 2015

The deluge of CES wearable and health device debuts has come to a close, and discussions were apparently “much more grounded” this year. Marc Benioff said wearable data is “heading to creepy” and the FTC chairwoman expressed concern about privacy in the era of connected devices. But as it turns out, most Americans are just fine sharing their health data for research—and companies are taking them up on it.

We have two big pieces of news from our portfolio companies today! Hot off tracking 3.5M medications at 140 hospitals last year, Kit Check just raised $12M. And Augmedix raised $16M to help doctors do what they do best: take care of patients. Learn more about the Rock Health portfolio.

Rock Weekly: 2014 funding obliterates records

| January 05, 2015|Tags:


January 5, 2015

If it wasn’t obvious which technology trend was most exciting in 2014, let’s clarify that digital health took the cake. Over $4.1B filled the coffers of 258 companies, nearly topping the total of the prior three years combined. Get pumped—an entire year’s worth of trends and analysis await you in our 2014 Digital Health Funding Year End Report.

We’re going even deeper in our webinar on Wednesday. You should join us—register now for exactly $0.


Rock Weekly: Is digital health dangerous?

| December 29, 2014|Tags:


December 29, 2014

While everyone gathered around the yule log last week, the headlines countered with some spooky stories about healthcare technology—on everything from hospital hacks to scammy apps and worrisome wearables. Then news broke about bionic pancreases and the thirty-one digital health apps that gained FDA clearance this year to brighten everyone up in time for New Year’s.

It was in fact a huge year for digital health. Learn more in our free 2014 Digital Health Funding: Year In Review webinar on Wednesday, January 7th.

Rock Weekly: Healthcare is the future of everything important

| December 22, 2014|Tags:


December 22, 2014

In just three short years, healthcare has gone from being Google’s least favorite area to representing more than one-third of its 2014 investments, totaling more than $150M this year. With ambition ranging from genomics to regeneration to anti-aging, it might be time to consider that the tech giant best known for its omnipotent search box will be fueling the next era of medical innovation.

All this money in needs to come out. Which digital health companies will go public in 2015? You should take our survey and weigh in.

Rock Weekly: Why tech companies are flocking to healthcare

| December 15, 2014|Tags:


In the last decade, healthcare innovation has gone from “the entrepreneurial equivalent of Siberia” to…well, Silicon Valley. As healthcare finds new entrants from tech, consumers expect them to be closely watched over by the government. Surgeons on the other hand, perhaps they should be self-regulating.

Speaking of entrepreneurs from tech, today we are excited to announce the launch of Hi.Q, led by Rock Health entrepreneur and Like.com founder Munjal Shah. Download Health IQ.

Rock Weekly: Data is just a shadow of human experience

| December 09, 2014|Tags:


“Data is just a shadow of human experience. We still need to connect the dots,” Smart Patients founder and Rock Health entrepreneur Roni Zeiger argued last week. Luckily, healthcare may finally be ready for big data—just so long as the algorithms don’t ruin your life.

On the regulatory front, our friends across the pond gave everyone’s favorite at-home genetic test the green light while Zenefits is rocking the insurance world’s boat because of its free software.

Rock Weekly: The only two reasons to give up equity

| December 01, 2014|Tags:


December 1, 2014

Over turkey dinners last week, people discussed a mysterious trend where so-called accelerators take startup equity (up to 10%!) without giving a dollar. What’s our thought on the subject? Companies should give equity for one of two things—work or cash.

Here’s some more clarity to be thankful for: read up on the latest draft bill on digital health making its way through Washington, which would limit the FDA’s oversight on technology that poses little risk to patients.

Rock Weekly: Digital health investments are soaring

| November 24, 2014|Tags:

Rock Weekly

November 24, 2014

So HHS flubbed the math on health exchange enrollment, erroneously inflating it with 380K dental plans. Real score? 6.7M enrollees. Tired of the kerfuffle? Here’s your open enrollment tip: use Stride Health, an insurance-shopping-entrepreneur’s BFF.

Heads up: your Fitbit data can and will be used against you in court, and so may your rapid DNA test.

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Rock Weekly: Get a job.

| November 17, 2014|Tags:


November 17, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce our latest investment, Iodine, which gives people insight into their health—starting with the medicine cabinet. Speaking of badass startups, you should join us too—submit your deck by this Thursday, November 20th.

PS: Spread the word—we’re hiring!