As we approach the year’s end, I’m delighted to report that our funds are growing and changing. In particular, I wanted to let everyone know about plans for the next Social Starts fund, Social Starts Health and Happiness, which we call “SH2,” for short. SH2 is the only venture fund focused on the emerging science […]
I am sometimes asked: Why do you invest in health and happiness? Why not just invest in health, or even health care, which is where other funds focus and where the impact of science is obvious?
Even after years of record-setting investment in digital health companies, we’re only on the cusp of this kind of transformational shift in health care. It’s time to speed up the digital health revolution.
As funds that focus on health and happiness (Social Starts) and delightful moments (Joyance Partners), we see food and drink as fundamental. After all, health starts with food, not only in terms of survival and nutrition but increasingly as an active mediator of biological or microbiome processes that underpin proper body operation. And, food and […]
Investment in the cannabis industry continues to flow. According to the Viridian Deal Tracker, during the first 19 weeks of 2019, approximately $5.65B in equity and debt capital was invested in both public and private cannabis companies, an increase of +87% over the $3.01B for the same period in 2018.
As a business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster. Yet I still too often hear the question, “Can you give me a really sure-fire idea for starting my own business?” My standard answer is that ideas are a […]
My last blog post discussed part of our approach this year to investment in the bioscience and neuroscience aspects of health and happiness. To recognize how broad and extensible this focus is, we call it “Life Sciences.” Last week, I talked about our focus in neuro, bio, VR, and AI as each relates to helping […]
Our funds center around the emerging science of health and happiness. No areas of science are more central to that theme than bioscience and neuroscience. With the initiation of Joyance Partners, our fund focused on delightful moments, we have added deep domain expertise in these areas and evaluated literally thousands of brand new startups developing […]
There are two models for a healthy life: medicine and wellness. The medicine model is the most common model in our culture, in which the normal state of being is the ideal. The wellness model is quite different. Instead of being a tool, it is a way of life.
New York Venture Partners’ Managing Director Trace Cohen shares his predictions for tech for 2019 and takes a look at how his 2019 predictions fared.