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For Victor Penev, Good Leadership Starts With a Healthy Mind



Like so many founders, Edamam CEO & Founder Victor Penev went through a phase with his first startup where he worked all day and was stressed all night. He didn’t sleep enough. He gained weight. He was unhealthy and unhappy. That led to a crisis moment that opened the door to an entirely new way of thinking. In this recent conversation, we learn how Victor embraced healthy habits – both in body and mind, and for his team – while also remaining ambitious and driven in his current startup.
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Achieving Health Moonshots w/ Vinod Khosla



Last month, Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, came back for part II of his Fireside Chat where he joined our co-founder, Unity Stoakes, to talk about achieving Health Moonshots, how COVID opened more doors to innovation and experimentation, finding societal impact without expertise, and identifying your long-term and basecamp vision. Listen to part I here.

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Gates Foundation on Taking Investment Risks Others Can’t (or Won’t)



In a recent StartUp Health Fireside Chat, we chatted with Annie Ye, the Program Manager of Digital Health Innovation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ye has experience in technology and analytics strategy and joined the Foundation at the outset of the pandemic to refine and connect a number of technological initiatives and strategy teams. In this episode Ye discusses foundation priorities and best practices for startups seeking to partner on health projects.

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Building Exceptional Healthcare Provider & Patient Experiences With Karen Martell



This week, we sat down (virtually) with an entrepreneur who’s still in the thick of scaling a business, Karen Martell, VP and GM at Alto Pharmacy. Karen built her career in tech, working at Square, before joining Alto in 2018, which was a pharmacy tech company at the time making its name with delightful user experiences for medical providers and free same day prescription delivery. In a few short years they’ve grown to cover 36 million people across areas including New York, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, and Las Vegas, and they recently raised $250 million to scale even more. In this conversation Karen gets candid about building relationships with providers, how Alto thinks through their growth strategy, and why they include a piece of candy with nearly every prescription delivery.
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Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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Payor Collaboration With Terry Booker of Independence Blue Cross



Today we’re talking with Terry Booker, the VP of corporate development and innovation at Independence Blue Cross. Booker combines years of experience in investment banking and business development with an insider’s knowledge of Independence Blue Cross, an insurer that serves more than seven million people. In our conversation, which was held in front of a live virtual audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio, we get tactical about how startups can best partner with the largest insurers in the world.

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Linking Clinical & Technical Worlds With Yauheni Solad, MD



In this podcast episode, we dialed up Dr. Yauheni Solad, Medical Director of Digital Health at Yale New Haven Health, who shared his practical wisdom about what it really takes to have a successful partnership between a startup and a large health system.

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Transforming Women’s Health With Dorothee Goldman and Missy Lavender



At StartUp Health, we strongly believe that being a woman shouldn’t be a health risk factor. That’s why we’ve devoted an entire health moonshot to improving the health of every woman all around the globe, no matter the barrier. In this podcast episode, we dialed up two female entrepreneurs in the StartUp Health portfolio innovating in the Women’s Health Moonshot: Dorothee Goldman, the CEO and founder of Oratel Diagnostics, who built the first solution that can diagnose endometriosis using saliva, and Missy Lavender, CEO and founder of Renalis, who’s created an innovative solution to improve experiences and outcomes for people with pelvic health conditions. Hosts Logan Plaster and India Edwards learn how Goldman and Lavender are working to change the health paradigm in areas of women’s health that were neglected in the past.This episode is part of a new Health Moonshot Programming podcast series, where we’ll highlight a new health moonshot – and inspiring health transformers – each month

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Introducing the Smartphone Epinephrine Injector, by Detroit-Based Startup Alerje



For some people, allergies are an inconvenience. But for millions of people around the world – particularly children – severe allergies are a major health concern. Eat the wrong thing and you could go into anaphylactic shock! They also seem to be getting worse. Tackling this growing problem is our guest on this episode, Javier Evelyn, the CEO and Founder of Alerje, which joined StartUp Health in 2020. Javier combined his personal experience suffering from severe allergies with his knowledge as a software developer to create an app and a device that administers epinephrine, in order to make life a little easier and a little safer for folks with bad allergies. In our interview we’ll get into Javier’s story, what he’s built, and how this year the Detroit-based startup got a boost from Google.

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For Margaret Laws, Innovation Springs From Co-Creation



Longtime friend of StartUp Health Margaret Laws has built a career on cross-sector, interdisciplinary partnerships. For 17 years, she served as the Director of Public Financing and Policy and the Director of Innovation for the Underserved program at the California Health Care Foundation. Today, as CEO and President of HopeLab, a social innovation lab founded and funded by the creators of eBay, she’s shifted her focus toward improving the health and wellbeing of adolescents. HopeLab’s multifactorial approach seeks to broach the many systemic and structural causes of mental illness in young people: “If there’s one thing that really requires multi-sectoral collaboration, this is it,” Laws says. At a recent Fireside Chat with StartUp Health co-founder Steven Krein, Laws explained how HopeLab’s uniquely holistic approach allows the company to tackle challenges from every angle.

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Michelle Snyder Brings a Creative Spirit to Marketing and Investing



Michelle Snyder has done a bit of everything. Now a partner at McKesson Ventures (she joined the healthcare-oriented venture group in late 2020), the digital health veteran has seen innovation from every angle: driving the marketing behind startups like Epocrates and Welltok, mentoring early-stage entrepreneurs in accelerator and incubator programs, and making strategic investments at Welltok and now McKesson. But it’s her willingness to roll up her sleeves and develop creative solutions to challenges that makes Snyder an exceptional Jill-of-all-trades. Snyder took a look back on her career to date in a recent StartUp Health Fireside Chat that was as fun and freewheeling as it is chock-full of good advice.

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