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How does Travis Kalanick feel/want to respond to Petel Thiel calling Uber, the valley’s most “ethically challenged company”?

How does Travis Kalanick feel/want to respond to Petel Thiel calling Uber, the valley’s most “ethically challenged company”?

Answer by Dan Munro: As Jason M. Lemkin suggests – Travis Kalanick did respond, but I wouldn't categorize it as eloquent. It was perfectly aligned around shareholder interest (which is first, foremost and paramount for all VC-backed ventures). The message is crystal clear – do whatever's necessary to "win" – and its new embodiment in […]

September 18, 2014 | By More
Anheuser-Busch Publicly Rebukes The NFL Over ‘Recent Incidents’

Anheuser-Busch Publicly Rebukes The NFL Over ‘Recent Incidents’

The statement was carefully crafted ‒ and appeared on the Anheuser-Busch website yesterday. We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared […]

September 17, 2014 | By More
Why Does The U.S. Spend So Much More On Healthcare Than Other Countries?

Why Does The U.S. Spend So Much More On Healthcare Than Other Countries?

Not to be flippant, but I can answer this in one sentence (and I’ve worked in/around healthcare for about 15 years – mostly from the vantage point of early stage software/technology ventures). The U.S. system has been optimized around revenue and profits – not safety and quality. This has resulted in some VERY sobering headlines: […]

September 7, 2014 | By More
The only PSA/Prostate Cancer video you need to watch

The only PSA/Prostate Cancer video you need to watch

I’ve actually seen (and read) quite a bit on this topic – including Dr. Otis Brawley’s book – How We Do Harm ‒ but this is by far the best PSA/Prostate Cancer video I’ve ever seen. It’s less than 9 minutes long ‒ covers everything with amazing depth and clarity ‒ without being heavy handed or pursuing any […]

August 25, 2014 | By More
Golf, Surgery, and Connecting: An Early Medical Lesson

Golf, Surgery, and Connecting: An Early Medical Lesson

Guest Post by Howard J. Luks, MD In a voice confident and ringing with anticipation, Mr. A explained with meticulous detail how he determined which approach shot to hit to the second green on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park. Only ten minutes earlier, when we first met, Mr. A had been weary, his […]

April 27, 2014 | By More
Why Population Size Is Irrelevant For “Universal” Health Coverage

Why Population Size Is Irrelevant For “Universal” Health Coverage

The ability to deploy “universal healthcare coverage” is entirely unrelated to the size of any population ‒ so it’s a mistake to say it won’t scale here in the U.S. ‒ or really any population size. First of all, it’s important to define what Universal Coverage is ‒ and isn’t ‒ because we tend to reference it broadly ‒ when […]

April 2, 2014 | By More
Relative to NHE – Health Insurance Profits “… are not the droids we are looking for”

Relative to NHE – Health Insurance Profits “… are not the droids we are looking for”

This keeps coming up – so we’ll just keep working to push it back – with real data (not emotional pleas). Insurance profits are not the cause of runaway healthcare costs. Lather, rinse, repeat. Insurance profits are not the cause of runaway healthcare costs. A system that combines the payment function with the delivery function absolutely works […]

January 23, 2014 | By More
How Real Science Happens

How Real Science Happens

The website where I first saw this (here) indicates this was first published in 2009 – so it’s a moldy oldy, but a good one – and worthy of the Humor File here. (Original link here)  by by

January 22, 2014 | By More
Per Capita Health Care Spending & Life Expectancy for OECD Countries

Per Capita Health Care Spending & Life Expectancy for OECD Countries

I often use this provocative chart in my travels – and because it’s a re-creation – I’m often asked to explain it’s origin. In 2011 – Mary Meeker authored a detailed report called simply USA, Inc. Her intent was to look at the U.S. through the accounting lens of a publicly traded corporation – which results in more of a […]

July 28, 2013 | By More
Today’s Slice of Healthcare Humor – by Lewis Black

Today’s Slice of Healthcare Humor – by Lewis Black

Comics rarely traverse the healthcare topic with much success – but once in a while a real gem appears. That’s today’s installment from none other than Lewis Black – with this 4 1/2 minute segment from his Broadway performance (recorded back in 2007). It’s definitely not new, but it’s definitely a classic – and opens up […]

May 31, 2013 | By More