The human genome evolved for us as Paleolithic cavemen, arming us to cope with leopards, communicable diseases, infections, parasites and starvation. But modern society has succeeded in taming most of those risks, and now, ironically, our biggest health challenges are largely a byproduct of our success. As we extend our lifespan, cancer and cardiac disease increase in incidence. We confront an epidemic of diabetes and obesity related diseases largely caused by overconsumption and inactivity. Our genome never evolved to benefit obese 70 year olds. Cavemen didn’t typically live past 40 and didn’t drink high-fructose corn syrup in Big Gulps. . . .
→ Read full post: The Golden Age of Healthcare Investing is Now
Guest Post by Frank Richards The Building of a Company As an avid fan and investor in real estate I identified a significant gap in the residential investment market around 2004. I noted that 15-20% of all homes sold in the US are for investment. But I also discovered that there were no national platforms or proprietary algorithms that could help people identify the best investment markets and the best properties. Essentially there was no Charles Schwab for the residential investment market. I realized there was a great opportunity for a private banking platform to help people research, plan, acquire and manage residential real estate investments nationwide. . . .
→ Read full post: Entrepreneur’s Perspective, part two: : Frank Richards, serial entrepreneur and former CEO of SmartZIP: The Building of a Company
Sam Coates is a partner at Cooley, and a great friend and colleague of mine. He wrote this blog post just for us.
Money, motorcycle racing and startups—it’s all about winning and losing
Guest Post by Sam Coates
“I like money,” one founder said to me bluntly, in response to my question about what motivates him. I ask every founder this question. Some of them say things such as . . .
→ Read full post: Money, motorcycle racing and startups—it’s all about winning and losing, by Sam Coates
November 16, 2011 source: the Gates Notes
Bill Gates has posted a really good writeup on energy storage and the innovative company Energy Cache on his blog, Taking Energy Storage to a Higher Level. Energy Cache is a recent early-stage investment of Claremont Creek Ventures and we’re excited about its new approach to storing electricity that could help lower the cost of clean, renewable energy for . . .
→ Read full post: Bill Gates blogs about Claremont Creek Ventures’ investment company, Energy Cache
July 13, 2011 source: GigaOm
Raise money when you can
Who: Nat Goldhaber, General Partner Claremont Creek Ventures
Bubble Cred: In 1994, Goldhaber founded an early web-advertising platform called CyberGold. In 1999, the company filed for an IPO and was valued at several hundred million dollars, or what we now call “ a rounding error,” says Goldhaber.
Interviewed by Cortney Fielding
Raise money when you can. If there is a . . .
→ Read full post: How to survive the next bubble
John Steuart was a panelist at The Deal’s webcast audio seminar:
Technology Transfer in the 21st Century, on May 12, 2011
(also participating as a panelist – Jeff Jensen, CEO, Fluxion Biosciences Inc. a Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company)
A recording of the seminar is now available to play online or download through 8/12/2011.
Click here to access the recording. The slides from the webcast are . . .
→ Read full post: Recording of “Technology Transfer in the 21st Century” webcast available
May 11, 2011 source: Wall Street Journal Health Blog
Public Education and Gene Testing to Improve Medication Adherence
There are tons of reasons why people don’t take the medications they’ve been prescribed, including side effects, cost and complicated drug regimens.
A couple of different approaches to improving adherence are in the news today. The first is Script Your Future, a multi-year public-education campaign spearheaded by the National Consumers League and supported by health-industry companies, . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company AssureRx featured in WSJ article
Nat Goldhaber, managing director of Claremont Creek Ventures in Oakland, said a monster showing by BrightSource could spark a “Google effect” that leaves investors as enthusiastic about pioneering energy firms as they have been about information technology.
May 3, 2011 source: New York Times
BrightSource Energy Inc.’s plan to go public this year could spur a wave of clean technology startups looking to follow suit if investors flock to the solar developer in large . . .
→ Read full post: BrightSource IPO Could Spark Clean-Tech ‘Gold Rush’
8th Annual Entrepreneur and Investor Roundtables Event takes place Feb 24, 2011 – source: BayBio Events
BayBio, Northern California’s Life Science Association’s The Entrepreneur and Investor Roundtables is a unique event designed to facilitate introductions, dialogue and connections between life science entrepreneurs and investors. This event provides early stage companies with an accessible first step into capital markets while providing investors a first look at intriguing innovations. The . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek to participate in BayBio Entrepreneur and Investor Roundtables
February 16, 2011 source: VatorNews
Win a meeting with the US Secretary of Energy…plus a meeting with Kleiner Perkins, Claremont Creek Ventures, and other top VCs
Are you a cleantech startup? Would you want, or know a cleantech startup that might want, an opportunity to meet the United States Secretary of Energy?
If so, read on.
The Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Launchpad business and ideas competition is now live and accepting competitors . . .
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