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For Device VCs, the Eyes, Heart and Stomach Have It

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Anyone with access to the right data can tell you which technologies and medical specialties are commanding the highest valuations from device VCs. But what would it be worth to know which companies will be commanding the top prices in the next year? A survey of more than a dozen VCs--who participated with a promise of anonymity--with money to invest draws a very clear picture about what investment opportunities they might find worth fighting over and the areas they'll ignore.

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