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8VC Resources Overview

Over the past several years we have written dozens of essays on a variety of topics ranging from our investment theses and macroeconomic analyses to character studies and philosophical musings.

Though we sometimes release essays commenting on current trends in Silicon Valley or announcing new hires or projects at 8VC, more often we describe the lessons we’ve learned about how to build successful startups, the intricacies of VC-entrepreneur relations, and principles of leadership and good governance. At the other end of the spectrum we write a variety of pieces on policy issues including transportation, education, and regulatory state.


The Coming Transformation

July 2012

This paper discusses the present age of creative destruction. New technologies will disrupt major industries, creating a large transfer of wealth and power in the global economy.

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The Smart Enterprise Wave

January 2013

This paper describes the urgent need and unprecedented opportunity for Smart Enterprise platforms to enable app-driven innovation and disrupt large, old-line industries. There exist a variety of network effects and winner-take-all dynamics during this one-time event in which the original, closed technology infrastructure in these industries is opened up, and upgraded to leverage big data.

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The Future of Labor pt. I - Keynes

January 2017

This is the first installment in a two part series. Here we unpack the philosophical and evolutionary assumptions at work in the debate over technological unemployment. In Future of Labor II, we will discuss the economics of new job creation and chart several industries of the future which will create employment opportunities for American workers.

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A Deficit of Leadership

August 2016

In this essay we discuss leadership and a serious cultural issue: the failure of Silicon Valley to train world-class leaders.

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Lessons from Peter Thiel

April 2010

These lessons summarize what Joe Lonsdale learned from working over many years with Peter Thiel, a chairman and founder of Palantir.

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Healthcare IT Thesis

March 2018

The healthcare industry is one of the pillars of the American economy. National healthcare expenditures account for nearly 20% of GDP, or three trillion dollars.

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The Latest from Our Blog

The essence of being a good venture capitalist is making moonshot bets. Sometimes that means backing entrepreneurs who build new software workflows for stagnant, legacy industries; other times, it means backing entrepreneurs who push the boundaries of what we can do as humans and as a society by building platforms to capitalize on breakthroughs in fundamental research.

Working at the Speed of Thought: Investing in Wispr AI

At 8VC, we are dedicated to developing partnerships with strong founders. We are now recruiting for the next class of 8VC Bio-IT Fellows — if you are a graduate student with an entrepreneurial interest, please apply

A Look Back at the Inaugural 8VC Bio-IT Fellowship

Read more about Televising the Application Revolution

Televising the Application Revolution

Read more about Steering American Healthcare From the Brink

Steering American Healthcare From the Brink

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