You don’t deserve more leads

The number one complaint when we first meet with a client is that they “just need more leads” to go from a $5M company to a $500M company. But, know what? They’re wrong. Because they treated the last thousand or so like garbage instead of the goldmine they are.

Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator – and it’s better than you expected

Bayer HealthCare appears to be the first pharmaceutical company to have started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity,” said Christian Ullrich, Head of Marketing & Sales IT at Bayer HealthCare yesterday.

Fineck, a smart necklace for a healthier neck & spine

Have you ever counted how many fitness gadgets you have in your office that just sit in the corner, covered in dust? When was the last time you wore that $200 fitness bracelet when going for a run? Fineck, a new personal activity tracker, aims to monitor your neck and spine condition in the form of necklace. Compared to existing products, Fineck believes it is not crucial to know the number of steps or how many calories we have burned in a day. Instead, the focus is on the condition of the neck and spine.

Dear Uber & Lyft, get your shit together

Let’s start out by saying that I’m a big fan of both Uber and Lyft. I’m indirectly an investor in both companies as I’m an investor in three VC funds that are investors in Uber and one VC fund that is an investor in Lyft. I have no idea how much actual equity I have in either company, but based on current valuations the dollar value of my indirect ownership is non-trivial. And Foundry Group came close to investing in Zimride (the predecessor to Lyft) but we ended up withdrawing from what we thought was an inappropriately high-priced round, which, in hindsight, was clearly a miss on our part.