Bobby Varma Named SIA Women in Biometrics Awards Winner

Varma was also selected as one of the honorees in the SIA Women in Security Forum’s inaugural Power 100, which recognizes 100 women in the security industry who are role models for actively advancing diversity, inclusion, innovation and leadership in the community.

Activate Venture Partners Launches – Part II

Our new fund Activate Ventures II LP marks the latest in a series of six early-stage venture capital funds which I have co-managed from Bethlehem, PA.  Beginning with NEPA Venture Fund I, which closed in 1985, to the recent closing of Activate’s new fund, I have had the honor of managing, with my current and […]

Activate Venture Partners Launches

With the launch of, we are replacing the Milestone Venture Partners brand with the Activate Venture Partners brand. Glen Bressner and I serve as Activate’s Managing Partners, while Ed Goodman is an Investment Partner.  Our new fund has invested in three promising portfolio companies (Diameter Health, Digital Pharmacist, and Healthify) and seeks to make approximately 15 new investments over the next five years. […]

Stuck inside the U.S. healthcare system with the patient navigation blues again

As a venture capitalist, I am encouraged by the innovation pouring into the U.S. healthcare sector. As a typical healthcare consumer, however, I still find it surprisingly difficult to navigate the system. For example, my wife told me a year or so ago that I didn’t hear her well enough. So I used an online […]

Digital health landscape notes and observations

The growth in U.S. healthcare spending is outstripping GDP growth once again, which places enormous strains on governments, employers and consumers.  U.S. healthcare spending is now $3 trillion per year or 18% of GDP and grew 5.3% in 2014.  The current estimate is that it will grow at a 5.8% annual clip through 2024. This […]