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I had my first health consultation last year, and there is a high probability that you did too. Since the onset of the plague, consumer adoption of remote health services has increased by 300%.

Speaking as an unvaccinated urban tenant: I would rather talk to a nurse or doctor through my laptop than try to stay physically away on the bus or on a greeting ride to / from their office.

Even after things get back to normal (Rolling eyes) Normally, if I thought there was a reliable way to get high quality health care in my living room, I would choose it.

Clearly I’m not alone: ​​A McKinsey study in May 2020 stabilized with $ 3 billion in annual local health toll revenues before the coronary heart disease, but estimated that “the current potential for U.S. health spending could be virtualized” after the pandemic.

That’s an incredible number, but in the overall category of startups focusing on sexual health, women’s health, pediatrics, mental health, data management and testing, it’s clear to understand why digital health funding reached more than $ 10 billion in the first three quarters of 2020.

From TechCrunch’s list, interviewer Minister Sarah Bore interviewed eight venture capital funds active in the healthcare field to learn more about the companies and industry verticals that caught their interest in 2021:

  • Brian Roberts and Bob Kutcher, partners, and Norrock
  • Nan Lee, CEO, Obvious Ventures
  • Elizabeth Wine, General Partner, Hostel Foundation
  • Christina Peer, primary investor and leader in healthcare technology, OMERS Ventures
  • Orshit Parik, Partner, Mayfield Ventures
  • Nnamdi Okike, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, 645 Ventures
  • Emily Melton, Founder and Managing Partner, Threshold Ventures

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As COVID-19 resumed its focus on Washington in health care, many investors said they expect a health-friendly regulatory environment by 2021. In addition, health care providers are looking for ways to reduce costs and lower barriers for patients seeking behavioral support.

“Remote really works,” said Elizabeth Wine, general partner at the Hostel Foundation.

We will review this year in more depth on digital health through additional surveys, vertical reports, founders interviews and more.

Thank you so much for reading Extra Crunch this week; I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

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8 Risk Vehicles Agree: Behavioral Support and Remote Visits Make Digital Health a Strong Bet for 2021

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Lessons from Top Hat’s acquisition campaign

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In the past year, Adtech Top Hat’s startup has acquired three advertising companies: Fountainhead Press, Bludoor and Nelson HigherEd.

Natasha Mascarna interviewed CEO and founder Mike Silgadze to learn more about his content acquisition strategy, but her story also discusses “some of the nonsense of consolidation and exits at AdTech. “

How venture capital funds invested in Asia and Europe in 2020

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Last year, U.S. venture capital funds invested an average of $ 428 million daily in local startups, with a significant portion of the benefits going to fintech companies.

This morning Alex Wilhelm reviewed the fourth quarter totals of the European quarter, which absorbed the lowest deal since the first quarter of 2019, despite a record investment of $ 14.3 billion.

The VC industry in Asia, which has invested $ 25.2 billion over 1,398 deals, sees a “muted recovery,” Alex says.

“Seed volume is falling, a lot of big rounds. It’s VC 2020 around the world in a nutshell.”

Decrypted: With more dropouts from SolarWinds, Biden chooses its cyber security team

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In this week’s Security Decoder, Zack Whitaker reviewed the latest news in the emerging SolarWinds spy campaign, which has now been revealed to affect the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Malwarebytes.

In other news, the controversy over the change to WhatsApp’s privacy policy appears to be bringing users to the Signal Encrypted Messaging app, Zack reported. Facebook has made changes to WhatsApp “until it can figure out how to explain the change without losing millions of users,” apparently.

Hot issues are dependent on profits as investors continue to gamble on tech

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A major IPO debut is a juicy topic for several news cycles, but since there is always another unicorn willing to break free of its rule and jump into public markets, it does not leave much time to reflect.

Alex researched companies like Lemonade, Airbnb and Affirm to see how much these pop stars put their value. Not only did most of them maintain stability, “many did get the result in the weeks that followed,” he found.

Dear Sophie: What are Biden’s immigration changes?

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I work in the field of human resources at Tech. I understand that Biden is today introducing a new immigration plan.

How do you feel about how the new administration will change the migration of business founders, organizations and startups to the United States?

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In 2020, venture capital funds invested $ 428 million in U.S.-based startups on a daily basis

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Last year was a disaster on the whole board thanks to a global epidemic, economic uncertainty and widespread social and political upheaval.

But if you were involved in the private markets, by 2020, there was a very clear revolution – taxpayers flowed $ 156.2 billion to U.S.-based start-ups, “or around $ 428 million per day,” Alex Wilhelm reports.

“The huge amount of money, however, dwarfed the amount of liquidity created by American start-ups, about $ 290.1 ​​billion.”

Using data from the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook, Alex used Monday’s column to summarize last year’s seed rounds, early stages and late stages.

How and when to build marketing teams in deep tech companies

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Building a marketing team is one of the most opaque parts of running a startup, but for a deep technology company the stakes can not be higher.

How can technical founders working on bleeding technology find the right people to tell their story?

If you work in a start-up tech deep after income (or know someone who does), this post explains when to hire a team, whether they will need previous industry experience, and how to find and evaluate talent.

Bustle CEO Brian Goldberg explains his plans to take the company to the public

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Digital Hustle Group CEO Brian Goldberg. Credits: The digital bustle group

Senior author Anthony Ha interviewed Bustle Digital Group CEO Brian Goldberg to get his thoughts on the state of digital media.

Their conversation covered a great deal of land, but the biggest news they had focused on Goldberg’s short-term plans.

“Where do I want to see the company in three years? I want to see three things: I want to be public, I want to see us make a lot of profits and I want it to be much bigger, because we have consolidated a lot of other publications,” he said.

It may not be as glamorous as the D2C, but beauty tech is big money

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is not a huge fan of D2C brands for personal care that merge with traditional consumer goods companies.

This month, razor startups Billy and Proctor & Gamble announced they were postponing the planned merger after the FTC filed a lawsuit.

For similar reasons, Adjual Personal Care dropped its plans to acquire Harry for $ 1.37 billion.

In a tougher regulatory environment, “the road to profitability has become a more important part of the startup story versus growth at any cost,” it seems.

Twilio CEO says wisdom lies in your developers

San Francisco, CA – September 12: Twilio founder and CEO Jeff Lawson speaks on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 at Pier 48 on September 12, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Credits: Steve Jennings / Getty Images for TechCrunch

Companies that build their own tools “tend to win the hearts, minds and wallets of their customers,” according to Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilight.

In an interview with organization reporter Ron Miller for his new book “Ask Your Key,” Lawson says founders should use developer teams as a sounding board when making decisions to build versus buying.

“Lawson’s basic philosophy in the book is that if you can build it, you have to,” Ron says.