Oct 10, 2017

VCs invest record amount into health care startups

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J.D. Vance launches VC fund for startups beyond Silicon Valley

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Investor J.D. Vance has raised $93 million to start a venture capital firm, Narya Capital, based in his home state of Ohio, with fund backing from major names including Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Eric Schmidt and Scott Dorsey.

Why it matters: Vance's 2017 bestselling memoir, "Hillbilly Elegy," gave voice to rural, working-class resentment in left-behind America that helped Trump win the White House, and he has been a strong proponent of investing in often-overlooked places.

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Mattress maker Casper files for IPO

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Upstart mattress maker Casper filed Friday for an initial public offering.

Why it matters: This will be the next public market test of a consumer products company that venture capitalists have arguably valued like a tech company.

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Cigna's big divestiture on its life and disability insurance business

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Cigna finally pulled the trigger on selling its life and disability insurance business, netting $5.3 billion after taxes from New York Life.

The big picture: Health insurers have been divesting products that have less to do with actual medical care and instead combining with companies that sell drug benefits

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