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Maybe the Elephants Really Can Dance!

by David A. Jones, Jr. Originally appeared in Healthcare Musings September 2012 - When the 900-page-plus Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in March 2010, my first reaction was simple relief that the exhausting, incoherent, multi-year political spectacle had finally ended.  My second was that implementation of this committee-bred camel, representing the largest health system overhaul since…
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How to Hold Productive, Tolerable Meetings: 5 Tips (Alan Ying)

Once you have about 20 employees, meetings are a fact of start-up life. Here’s how to make them worth your time. Most entrepreneurs’ stories have a “refugee from Big Company” angle. As a venture capitalist, I often hear liberated entrepreneurs discuss their escapes from the treadmill of eye-rollingly lame meetings. In their start-ups, they marvel at…
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Exchanges can slow growth of health care costs

By: David Jones July 23, 2012 09:25 PM EDT http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78854.html Texas Gov. Rick Perry has pledged he won’t create a state health insurance exchange or implement the optional Medicaid expansion — both components of the recently upheld Affordable Care Act. So far, only 16 states have begun creating insurance exchanges. Eighteen are considering it, four…
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Getting to Scale: 4 Essentials (Alan Ying)

http://www.inc.com/alan-ying/getting-to-scale-four-essentials.html Get these four things taken care of, and you’ll have everything in place to help your company grows quickly. When I hear entrepreneurs say they wear many hats, I sympathize, remembering my days as a CEO who also took customer support calls.  Now, as a venture capitalist, I focus on entrepreneurs’ paths from chief-cook-and-bottle-washer…
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Insurers like that health law ruling sets their path (David Jones, Jr.)

By Tim Mullaney, USA Today            6/29/12 http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-06-28/health-care-insurers/55902744/1?loc=interstitialskip Insurance companies hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, saying it gives them certainty about the rules they’ll face as they push to cut administrative costs and reward doctors who contain health care costs by emphasizing preventive care. The law’s requirement that most…
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A Healthcare VC’s Take on the Ruling (David Jones, Jr.)

By Joanna Glasner, PEHub.com            6/28/12 http://www.pehub.com/157522/a-healthcare-vcs-take-ruling/ Overall, David Jones, a healthcare VC and self-described “recovering lawyer” is pleased with today’s Supreme Court ruling on of the healthcare reform bill. It’s not the just the contents of the decision, which will let stand the controversial individual coverage mandate. It’s also the fact that the…
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Healthcare Reform Ruling to Spur M&A (Koleman Karleski)

The demand for healthcare services and information technology will be the main drivers for deal activity By TAMIKA CODY, Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine    June 28, 2012 http://www.themiddlemarket.com/news/US-Supreme-Court-ruled-in-favor-of-The-Patient-Protection-and-Affordable-231484-1.html On the morning of June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 5:4.  Observers say the decision to…
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There Are Only 2 Kinds of Problems (Alan Ying)

http://www.inc.com/alan-ying/there-are-only-two-kinds-of-problems.html Entrepreneurs often find conversations with venture capitalists to be somewhat schizophrenic. In a blink, the questioning can veer from, “Why would anyone use your product?” to, “How do you scale when everyone uses your product?” This can easily make a confused entrepreneur answer, “Um… what’s most important?” For me, both as an entrepreneur and…
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To Find a First Class Entrepreneur… (David Jones, Jr.)

by Alastair Goldfisher A couple of weeks ago when Norwest Venture Partners announced its investment in health care cloud provider ClearDATA, the firm said it was the third time it had worked with CEO Darin Brannan. His previous startups Verio Inc. and Website Pros both resulted in IPOs. So here’s a question for VCs: Do…
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