Tag Archives: Nutrition and Fitness

Salvo Health: Travelocity and Foursquare Exec Jeff Glueck Has Raised $10.5M to Disrupt the GI Health Market



In health innovation – which is the world we inhabit at StartUp Health – there are certain issues that get the lion’s share of attention. Think wearables for tracking daily activity or new mental health solutions. A lot of attention is going towards interventions for seniors and addressing issues of loneliness and isolation. These are wonderful areas of development. But there are other areas of health that have huge implications across society, yet have a way of flying under the radar. There’s stigma – like our hesitance to talk about mental health struggles – and then there’s society’s reaction to gastrointestinal conditions. GI problems. Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. Celiac disease. The list goes on. Each year, 62 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder. Another 30 million go undiagnosed. They’re often too embarrassed to even talk to their primary care provider about it, so they suffer in silence, and it has negative ripple effects across their entire life.

Well, all that seems to be about to change. The virtual healthcare revolution has reached the GI market with the launch of Salvo Health a company that’s using virtual care to bring the best gut health tools and therapies to millions of people.

Heading up the effort is CEO and Co-founder Jeff Glueck, who is our guest on today’s episode. Jeff is a tech industry veteran, having been Chief Marketing Officer at Travelocity during their meteoric rise, and the CEO of the social app Foursquare. He’s leveraging that experience to disrupt an old school industry and bring relief to millions. The company, which joined StartUp Health last year, has just announced a $10.5M Seed raise to bring Salvo out of stealth mode and start to scale in earnest.

How’s Jeff going to use his experience at Travelocity and Foursquare to disrupt the GI health market? We’ll let him explain in the interview.


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BUA FIT Hits One Million Engagements in Support of Outdoor Fitness



One in four adults is physically inactive according to a global health study published in the Lancet a few years ago. That’s an enormous number. It doesn’t take much research or imagination to figure out that this leads directly to poorer health outcomes – and just a lower quality of life in general. Our bodies need to move for our physical and mental wellbeing.

Dave Stapleton, our guest today, is working to solve this problem. Dave played semi-pro rugby in Ireland and then moved to London to work in finance. Because of his years on the field, he prefers outdoor fitness classes. He was taking part in these various bootcamps and high intensity training sessions around London when he realized two things.

The first was that outdoor training was more accessible to the people who needed it most. People who feared the judgment or complexity of a gym seemed to see outdoor classes as an entry point to fitness. The second was that the outdoor fitness market was incredibly fractured and disorganized.

So Dave did what great entrepreneurs do. He dove deep into market research, found like-minded collaborators, and began to build. The platform he created, BUA FIT, just celebrated facilitating its one millionth engagement, so we wanted to get Dave on the phone from London and hear more about how their journey has played out since StartUp Health invested in the company last year.

 


 

Learn more and connect with the team at BUA FIT.

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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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Victor Penev, CEO & Founder, Edamam



At Edamam, Victor Penev has created the world’s largest food database and the most accurate nutrition analysis tool to date. In this episode, we talk with Penev about how he’s using food data to help millions of people eat better.


#204: Victor Penev, CEO & Founder, Edamam



Health Transformer Victor Penev, CEO & Founder of Edamam, talks about how his company is organizing the the world’s food knowledge and creating a database to help consumers make optimum choices at the store, in a restaurant, and at home.

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Location: NYU Langone Health Tech Symposium in New York, NY


#151: In the Neo-biological Revolution, You Will Hack Your Body: Jane Metcalfe, Neo.life



In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Metcalfe discusses the technological and cultural trends behind the neobiological revolution, and explains how this revolution will touch the lives of everyone in the world.
Watch here: https://healthtransformer.co/in-the-neo-biological-revolution-you-will-hack-your-body-4be13cb32578

Host: Unity Stoakes, StartUp Health
Guest: Jane Metcalfe, Neo.life
Location: StartUp Health Village, New York City, New York


#133: A Fitbit for Standing Desks: Erik Carver, StandLogix



In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Erik Carter discusses his purpose behind Standlogix and the importance of movement at work. He also shares his views on why he feels healthcare is the next industry ripe for innovation.

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Guest: Erik Carver, StandLogix
Host: Unity Stoakes, StartUp Health
Location: Prime Health Summit in Denver, Colorado.


#90: Digital Technology Is Transforming the Way Athletes Train – Sky Christopherson, OAthlete



Sky Christopherson, Olympic cyclist & founder of OAthlete, discusses the mission of OAthlete, how digital technology is influencing the way athletes train and why data can be more powerful than drugs.

GUEST: Sky Christopherson, OAthlete
HOST: Unity Stoakes, StartUp Health
LOCATION: Wearable Tech + Digital Health Conference, New York, NY

IN THIS EPISODE:
How Digital Technology Is Influencing Athletic Training
Data. More Powerful Than Drugs
“Personal Gold”

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