Category Archives: Insights

For Ironman Athlete David Weingard, a Diabetes Diagnosis Was a Spark for Innovation



Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been impacted by diabetes in some way. Globally, half a billion people are affected by the disease, and it was responsible for the deaths of 1.5M people globally in 2019. As frightening as those numbers are, there is also great hope to be found today in the entrepreneurs and innovations changing how we manage diabetes. To understand both sides of this coin – the very personal toll of diabetes plus the present and future promise of health technology – we talked to David Weingard, founder of Cecelia Health, which helps diabetics get the specialized health coaching they need. More importantly, David is a type 1 diabetic who has fought for his own life and knows the daily fears and challenges that this silent disease brings to millions. It’s that combination of experience that makes David’s journey so powerful.
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Julie Yoo: A Look at How Andreessen Horowitz Invests in the Future of Health



This week on the podcast we sat down with Andreessen Horowitz’s General Partner, Julie Yoo. Julie leads the firm’s investments in healthtech with a focus on companies that are modernizing how we access, how we pay for, and how we experience healthcare. During this Fireside Chat, Yoo talked about the growth of home health, fintech for healthcare, and her personal passions around solving for provider shortage issues and the mismatch of supply & demand. This session was hosted by StartUp Health’s Logan Plaster in front of a live audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio. 

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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Market Strategy & Insights With Aetna’s Brigitte Nettesheim



This week on the podcast we sat down with Brigitte Nettesheim from Aetna, a CVS Health company. In this conversation, Brigitte shares how she and her team develop market strategies and what they look for in partnerships that strengthen member experience. Brigitte also gave an insider view of best practices to connect into Aetna, like focusing on personalized engagement, access to care, and reduced costs. This session was hosted by StartUp Health’s Logan Plaster in front of a live audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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youturn’s Shay Houser Is Making Addiction Treatment More Accessible



On this podcast episode, which was recorded live on the floor of HLTH in Boston in October, StartUp Health’s Logan Plaster sits down with Shay Houser, the CEO and Co-founder of youturn. Shay and his team are working to fight addiction by making addiction treatment resources more accessible. They’ve recognized that it isn’t just the addicted person who is effected, but a wide community of friends and family, so they’re working with employers to address problems early and to respond to addiction as a community of support. Shay comes at youturn as both a serial entrepreneur and as someone who has struggled with addiction. That combination of tactical and personal experience has helped the startup secure important early partnerships, which Shay discusses in the interview.
Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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From Journalist to HealthTech Investor: Chrissy Farr, OMERS Ventures



This week on the podcast we sat down with Chrissy Farr, a HealthTech Investor at OMERS Ventures, where she focuses on women’s health and behavioral health. In this interactive chat, Chrissy talked about her priorities for the remainder of the year, including focus areas of women’s and behavioral health, as well as her experience making the change from being a full time journalist covering the health-tech beat at major publications like CNBC and Fast Company, to a venture capitalist, and how that has impacted her view on company storytelling. She also gave the inside scoop on OMERS Ventures and how to position yourself to get on her, and the broader company’s, radar.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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The Future of Health Innovation With Microsoft’s Dr. David Rhew



This week on the podcast, we’re bringing you a conversation with Dr. David Rhew, the Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Healthcare at Microsoft. In this interactive session, Dr. Rhew broke down Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and explained how the broader suite of Microsoft tools – from natural language processing to using Teams for telehealth – can help healthcare startups scale more quickly. Bottom line? If a startup wants to move quickly, don’t reinvent the wheel. The infrastructure you need might already exist in the marketplace. Finally, we learned specifics on how startups can partner with Microsoft directly. This interactive Fireside Chat was hosted by StartUp Health’s Media Director Logan Plaster in front of a live audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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These Three Startup Health Entrepreneurs Are Working to Fight Addiction and End the Opioid Epidemic



This special episode is part of our monthly Health Moonshot series. Each month we take one of StartUp Health’s 12 audacious health goals and highlight founders working to make the impossible a reality. This month we’re talking about the moonshot to End Addiction & the Opioid Crisis. Hosts Logan Plaster and India Edwards discuss three entrepreneurs from the StartUp Health portfolio who have developed incredible technology to help fight addiction. J.D. Meints, CEO and Founder of NuLife Virtual, has created a behavioral health platform that extends the benefits of a close-knit rehab community into the home. Yusuf Sherwani, MD, CEO & Co-founder of Quit Genius, has built one of the world’s first digital clinic delivering a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment program for multiple addictions. Last but not least, Sumeet Maniar, CEO & Founder of WellBrain, has developed a digital chronic pain management platform for providers.
Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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Sales Strategies With Reed Mollins and Brian Neman




This week on the podcast we get tactical with two founders from the StartUp Health portfolio to talk about sales strategies. Our first guest is Reed Mollins, the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Press Ganey. Mollins is well known in our community for co-founding Doctor.com and scaling it over most of a decade before being acquired by Press Ganey last year. Our second guest is Brian Neman, the CEO & Founder of Sanguine Biosciences. Brian built his clinical trials platform from zero to eight-figure revenue today.
Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Howard Krein on Achieving Health Moonshots in a COVID World



On a recent Fireside Chat, Startup Health’s Chief Medical Officer Howard Krein, MD, PhD, caught up with Bob Wachter, MD, renowned UCSF internist, bestselling author, and former podcast host of ‘In the Bubble – From the Frontlines.’ Over the last 18 months, Dr. Bob – who coined the term “hospitalist” and is a national leader in quality, patient safety, and the digitization of medicine – became a trusted voice on COVID. Our candid conversation covered navigating COVID and the after-COVID world, the state of digital innovation, and the future of healthcare.
Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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These Two StartUp Health Entrepreneurs Are Driving Down Healthcare Costs



This episode is part of our monthly Health Moonshot series. Last month it was all about mental health, today, we’re talking about founders and companies creating new ways to drive down healthcare costs. Ismail Badjie, CEO & Co-founder of Innovarx, has built a conglomerate of healthcare services including multiple brick and mortar stores, an e-commerce business, a global telemedicine platform, and a mobile clinical unit called, “Wellness on Wheels,” all formed to become the primary clinical service company in The Gambia. Bill Nordmark, CEO of Aver, has developed a purpose-built single instance, multitenant, HITRUST certified platform that supports payers to design and implement value-based contracts.
Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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