The era of voice is here. Here are three business areas leading the way.

Speech recognition and artificial intelligence are changing how we interact with everything. Voice as a user interface has been a topic for discussion for years, but we believe that the technology finally is accurate enough with sufficiently low latency to provide an experience similar to other forms of interaction. A leading indicator for this is how the adoption of smart assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, and others has gone mainstream with smart speaker penetration at 34% in the US. Smartphones are already embedded with algorithms enabling voice-based interaction.

Around half of adult Internet users are now using voice technology in…


Venture capital is developing as an industry. Funds are growing in size and number as well as variety of functions within. More funds are going beyond capital and providing a wide range of value-added services to their portfolio companies in order to differentiate themselves and increase their financial returns. These value-added activities range from producing podcasts and writing blog posts to offering functional expertise in terms of business development, hiring, and even engineering. …


One of my partners suggested that I check out the book “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction” by P. Tetlock and D. Gardner, given my strong emphasis on metrics-driven approach to investing. I found the book a fascinating read; the topic is relevant to anyone who wants to improve their decision-making. There are many reviews and points written about it already including an insightful article in HBR focusing on Company’s decision making but below my key takeaways.

The opening arguments of the book suggest that forecasting accuracy has not been consistently tracked over time unlike in other fields which…


Why we led a new investment in Yodo Run, China’s leading social health & fitness service

Our latest deal was announced in China just before GMIC Beijing last week. We led a 100M RMB Series B round for Shenzhen-based Yodo Run, China’s leading social sports and fitness tracking app. We have been following the rapidly growing sports and fitness market in China closely for some time as part of our investment strategy in digital health. We have concluded that there is a massive opportunity for a company like Yodo Run. Our managing partner in China, David Tang, who led the deal is joining the Yodo Run board, and we are excited to back the company and…


Christian Birk, co-founder of Endomondo, joins us as an Entrepreneur In Residence to support NGP’s digital health activities

I am excited to announce that Christian Birk has joined NGP to work closely with our digital health team, supporting both new digital health investments and our digital health portfolio companies. We have made great strides into health investing during the past two years with many new investments, adding chronic care management company Vida Health, nutrition and health platform Lifesum, and female health company Clue to our portfolio, just to name a few.

Christian has been active in the health and fitness…


Digital health is happening now. At NGP, my team and I firmly believe that healthcare is going to be transformed due to the widespread adoption of mobile devices and wearables that enable a completely new way of collecting and analyzing health-related data. Preventive healthcare is going to take a bigger role as more health data is digitalized and it can be analyzed and transformed into actionable recommendations improving outcomes at lower costs. According to its recent mHealth report, research firm Ketchum found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. …


This article was co-authored with John Gardner @NGP_VC

As obesity and leading a sedentary lifestyle has become more common across the western world, the consequences have started to show at scale. Preventable diseases have become more common, and in fact, the World Health Organization predicts that as much as 20% of the causes of deaths today are attributable to diseases that were either preventable in the first place or could have been managed to prolong life expectancy. …


Having actively looked at number of digital health companies over the past 24 months, I am happy to announce that we have led an investment in Lifesum, a mobile nutrition management company out of Stockholm, Sweden. We are excited about the space and being part of Lifesum’s journey to make it simple for people everywhere to live healthier.

A large and attractive market for personalized health

According to the WHO, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 — there are already more than 1.9 billion overweight adults in the world, over 600 million of whom are considered obese. Being…

Walter Masalin

Global growth stage Venture Capitalist, based in Europe. Focus on consumer services Ι Sports enthusiast & active tennis player off-duty

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