Points of View

The law touches every corner of the business world. Virtually everything that companies do—sales, purchases, partnerships, mergers, reorganizations—they do via legally enforceable contracts. Innovation would grind to a halt without a well-developed body of intellectual property law. Day to day, whether we recognize it or not, each of us operates against the backdrop of our legal regime and the implicit possibility of litigation.

A schism lies at the heart of the field of artificial intelligence. Since its inception, the field has been defined by an intellectual tug-of-war between two opposing philosophies: connectionism and symbolism. These two camps have deeply divergent visions as to how to "solve" intelligence, with differing research agendas and sometimes bitter relations.

No asset is more prized in today's digital economy than data. It has become widespread to the point of cliche to refer to data as "the new oil." As one recent Economist headline put it, data is "the world's most valuable resource."

Johnson & Johnson has announced the acquisition of Auris Health for up to $5.75 billion consisting of approximately $3.4 billion in cash plus additional contingent payments of up to $2.35 billion upon reaching certain predetermined milestones.

Over the course of thirty years as a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, I’ve had the privilege to attend more than 5,000 introductory meetings with startups.

I love what I do. Every day I spend time with fascinating, enterprising entrepreneurs building businesses, changing industries, and creating social value. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Like many people, my path into venture capital was untraditional, and I would not have it any other way.

News & Press

TECH CRUNCH
VMware today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. The price of the acquisition is about $2.1 billion
YAHOO FINANCE
Turbonomic, the leader in Application Resource Management (ARM), today announced its fourth appearance on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies
FORBES
ThredUp announced today, is a new platform called Resale-As-A-Service that will allow retailers to partner with the company, offering three options: an in-store pop-up, online collaboration or a loyalty program
RETAIL DIVE
Macy’s and second-hand apparel site ThredUp are piloting sales of used clothing in 40 Macy’s stores nationwide
TechCrunch
Ron Johnson's e-commerce startup Enjoy raises $150M, expands in UK
CNBC
Resale clothing company ThredUp gets $175 million in funding
FORBES
How Manufacturing-As-A-Service Keeps The Economic Expansion Going: Xometry's New Partnerships
CISION PR NEWSWIRE
WhyHotel Continues West Coast Expansion with Launch of Seattle Pop-Up Hotel
Fortune
Reality-TV Born Startup Clearbanc Raises $300 Million to Help Companies Buy Instagram Ads
WWD
Clearbanc Raises $300 Million in Series B, Eyes Expanding ‘Flat Fee’ Model
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Dragons’ Den star’s startup gets $300-million to fuel growth of e-commerce companies
TECHCRUNCH
Investors bet another $50M on Clearbanc’s revenue share model
TECHNICALLY MEDIA
On-demand manufacturing marketplace Xometry announced that it has landed a $5 million investment from Germany-based Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Cowen
Cowen's 5th Annual Future of the Consumer Conference | Fireside Chat with James Reinhart, Founder & CEO of ThreadUP
Reuters
Rent the Runway, Nordstrom team up to boost convenience, attract customers
Cision PR Newswire
WhyHotel Announces Houston Pop-Up Hotel
Cision PR Newswire
2U, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Trilogy Education
Forbes
Manufacturing-As-A-Service Platforms: The New Efficiency Revolution