Transparent consumer markets have never existed in our current healthcare system.

 Transparent consumer markets have never existed in our current healthcare system.  This means that consumers don’t have access to information that is needed for making informed decisions about healthcare options.  The result is that we randomly select care providers without any knowledge of the costs to the payers – thus increasing the costs for everyone.
Lack of transparency is about to go away and the implications for health care providers, payers and consumers will be huge.
Here is an article describing eight new startups that are working to increase transparency in health care.
http://mobihealthnews.com/29400/8-companies-working-on-price-transparency/
If that is not enough for you, the Colorado Capital Conference (November 13, 2014 Denver, CO) will be addressing this issue.  Our keynote speaker, Tom Main (of Oliver Wyman) will address these issues and a panel of experts will dig deeper into the transparency issue to help investors make smart decisions about investing in early stage Digital Health companies in this area.  Visit www.coloradocapitalconference.org for more information and registration.

What I learned at RVC LOHAS Natural Food and Beverage Conference

LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) Food and Beverage is a unique market segment and it has its own set of rules and metrics.  I’ve been looking forward to RVC’s LOHAS Natural Food and Beverage Conference for over a year now because we’ve seen a number of natural food and beverage companies coming across our sights and it has been difficult to gauge whether they are a good opportunity or not. Read more

Make Internet Access Free of Taxes Permanently

It goes without saying that the Internet plays a vital role in our lives. The Internet enables us to shop, watch the play from the playoffs that we missed and cat videos. It’s estimated that Americans spend 11 hours a day with electronic media like the radio, TV, the Internet and movies. Keeping the Internet affordable and accessible has been an important tenet of its growth and expansion.  While many people – especially Congress – have disagreed on the best ways to do that, Congress and presidents agreed for more than a decade that state taxation to access the Internet is a bad idea. Read more

Ten Reasons why your Venture Capital Pitch Didn’t Work

Presenting a great Venture Capital pitch is critical to getting the follow-up appointment and beginning due diligence.  Most teams never make it past this critical step.  Why? Read more

Upcoming FCC spectrum auction to be success? I’d bid on it

In the western region of our country where the Coalition for a Connected West (CCW) works, the tech sector is playing an increasingly vital role in state economies.  Access to high-speed Internet has inspired individuals from all walks of life to create opportunity for families and businesses. Read more

Cannabis: Do The Regular Rules Apply When Investing?

Cannabis: Do The Regular Rules Apply When Investing? You can now recreationally grow it, smoke it, vape it, tincture it, and eat it. And probably ‘verb it’ in a few other ways I’m not up to speed on. But do you want to invest in it?  Read more

Colorado Venture Summit Invitation

If you are a Founder or CEO of a technology company that hopes to raise capital, the Rockies Venture Club would like to invite you to attend the Evening Party of the Colorado Venture Summit on June 19.

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3 Ways To Fund Your Start-up

Finding capital is no easy task. Lots of start-ups struggle early on with where to find the capital they need to bring a great product (or service) to market or to tend to a broken technology in need of some work.  Funding Your Dreams: Calling All Entrepreneurs, a panel at this year’s WILD Summit, covered just this.  Once you’ve determined how much capital you need, how do you put together your fundraising strategy?  Who do you ask for funding and are you offering something in return?  What do you need to know before you start? Read more

MODERN REGS, NETWORKS DELIVER INNOVATION AND IMPROVED VOICE SERVICE

The ’80s has officially made a comeback, making its mark on today’s culture in ways that are both amusing and unexpected.  But even as some of these old trends enjoy some new popularity today, it’s clear that this resurgence is limited: After all, who could truly long for dial-up Internet after experiencing our current digital age? Read more

1st Ever University Startup Challenge a Success!

Last week at the Angel Capital Summit, the Rockies Venture Club hosted the first-ever University Startup Challenge. It was the first pitch competition in Colorado specifically for students from across the state, and we were proud to host it! Since they presented to real investors at an investor conference, we were looking for the ‘most fundable companies’ instead of just business plan competition winners. These entrepreneurs are all actively working to build their company, and some have real traction in the market. They were also on equal footing with the rest of the companies at ACS for investor funding. 5 of the top universities in Colorado nominated students for the event – University of Denver, CU-Boulder, CU-Denver, University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.  Read more