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Hm ... so American Idol meets Shark Tank, for Startups ...?
I LOVE IT!! Pando's Youtube channel will be very entertaining.
6 days ago on Fewer companies, more mentoring, real investments: Announcing Pando’s $100k startup competition
Spothero.com mysteriously missing from the list of e-parking companies ... competition much?
Disclaimer: I do not work for SpotHero, but I love their product. Best of luck to all the companies in this sector.
1 month, 1 week ago on The future of the $100 billion parking industry
This is an enterprise-grade business, with enterprise-grade sales-cycles, which can easily take 6 to 18 months, JUST to get a mid-sized pilot going.
Please respect that.
This is healthcare, not some photo-sharing app releasing a new photo filter, or some on-demand service where college students come to your house at the push of a button to change your TV channels for you.
1 month, 1 week ago on ZappRx announces an additional $1M investment. Now we wait for the actual launch
Just waiting for when they add mani-/pedi's. I've been kicking this idea around for a bit. The Stylisted in Chicago is doing something similar:
Interesting that they're charging $20 more than an in-salon visit, but it makes sense from a business perspective; the women that I spoke to about it said they'd want the service to cost equal to, or below an in-salon appointment ...
Ah well, as always in these sorts of business: start with the wealthy then slowly work your way down-market as efficiencies reduce costs.
1 month, 1 week ago on Democratizing celebrity styling: Uber for your hair has arrived
Typo: "... real-time messaging company TigerText announced $21 billion in Series B funding ..."
I'm sure that's supposed to be 'Million' ... I know I'm so used to seeing 'Billion' too that I don't think twice any more when I read it.
1 month, 1 week ago on Enterprise favorite TigerText gets $21M to prove messaging is not just for consumers
It's the "Inside Baseball" articles like this that keep me coming back to Pando.
It reads as pretty much the exact "Burn Reduction" playbook that Fab is running right now.
1 month, 1 week ago on After the B Round
It's extremely trite, and cynical to say, but I believe only Tesla has shown us the way to get the average, apathetic consumer to care: wrap the concept of improving climate change into an extremely sexy and "affordable" product that regular people want to brag about.
Otherwise, much like healthcare, education, and other institutions part of the public sphere, trying to appeal to people's "sensibilities and ethics" just results in shouting debates and large-scale inaction.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The newest climate change numbers are out and they’re not good
So when's your last post @eringriffith? Sad to see you go :-/
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ecommerce in 1984: Innovation is never pretty at first
Good piece. As someone who won an early LSM competition in Chicago in 2012 - https://www.leanstartupmachine.com/posts/building-a-premium-product-check-your-price-ceiling - I have to say I think Lean Startup Principles make absolute sense, especially for someone like myself who is 1) a first-time entrepreneur, and 2) interested more in the small biz/enterprise space, particularly involving healthcare.
I agree there are some types of businesses that require strong network effects and fully-polished products at Day 1 - Nest for example. However, I think those businesses require a highly talented, and experienced entrepreneur who can attract both an amazing team and a lot of money to have their product built to near-perfection, and ready to hit the ground running at 100mph from Day 1.
For someone like myself who doesn't have access to those resources, Lean Startup makes absolute sense because it has trained me to go into the healthcare market and talk to the people on the ground, learn what their problems are and where the big guys aren't serving their needs. Then I can utilize my technical talents and that of my small team to brainstorm, and build a targeted, focused solution that meets the client's needs just better than what they're currently using, then use that as leverage to move up-market and tackle harder solutions.
It may not sound as sexy as creating the next Snapchat, but for me it has helped me get a leg-up in the extremely cutthroat game of healthcare, and I know that I can keep talking to clients and iterating to building better and better solutions for customers. Feel free to check us out http://happyhealth.me
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is “Lean Startup” right for your idea?
@lynch54 Seconded. Ricky Roma is Al Pacino's character. Baldwin is the hot-shot rep brought in by the owners Mitch and Murry to give the agents the classic, condescending "pep talk".
1 month, 3 weeks ago on How to whip a struggling sales team into shape, startup-style
Speaking of robots' rights:
2 months ago on The robots are coming, the robots are coming
I think there's something to be said for 'optics' and public perception in this case - essentially how Uber appears as a brand to the public. Basically, it appears that their response to this issue, in conjunction with the caustic perception around surge pricing makes Uber come off as a heartless, money-hungry organization. I'm not saying I feel that way personally, but I could easily see a 'more normal' consumer that happens to use Uber feel that way ... and if they heard this story and saw Ubers immediate reaction would be repulsed (Think of a young, semi-tech-savvy mother or something).
2 months ago on Uber driver hits, kills six-year-old girl. Is “Not our problem” still an appropriate response?
Beware the backlash of the "Ubertarians": http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2013/12/23/introducing-the-ubertarian/
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Uber’s cancellation loophole
SharkTank, SharkTank, SharkTank.
3 months ago on How MilkMade is turning a boutique ice cream company into a venture-backed startup
Welcome back @paulcarr Between you and @bgoldberg these comment sections won't be so much of a #ghosttown anymore.
Keep givin' 'em HELL!!
3 months ago on Pierre Omidyar in 2009: “Anybody who publishes stolen info should help catch the thief”
Definitely a lot of dudes on IGram asking hot girls if they have Kik, undoubtedly for sext-play.
3 months, 1 week ago on Forget Snapchat and WhatsApp for a second – Kik is the dark horse of the Internet
As a healthcare entrepreneur, I think the real lesson from the 23andMe fiasco is that if you're a healthcare technology company, know the regulations that apply to you, and know what claims you can and can't make based on those regulatory constraints.
The Facebook credo of "Ask for forgiveness, not for permission" isn't 100% applicable to the medical space.
As a 5+ year-old company with the financial backing and support of top VC firms, and Google for Christ's sake, 23andMe should absolutely have known what claims they can and can't publicly make based on FDA disease concerns. And they should have had the financial and operational capacity to happily jump through all of the FDA's hurdles - regulation is the burden that all healthcare technology companies must bear, whether we like it or not. It's no wonder the best-of-the-best in tech avoid the industry like the plague; but if you want to play in this space, you have to deal with regulation - ask any healthtech entrepreneur to tell you about all the headaches around HIPAA.
The real outcome I think all healthtech companies are looking for in this case is whether 23andMe can heal and recover from all this to achieve success, which ultimately just makes this ordeal a setback that all businesses must face as a true test of their longevity. The big fear is that this public fiasco will have a chilling-effect on healthcare technology investment and interest, because everyone's now reminded of the severe regulatory landmines that lie in wait for naive healthtech entrepreneurs.
23andMe should have known better - this screw-up is about their company's lack of preparedness, not a Big Government over-reach.
3 months, 1 week ago on What have we learned from 23andMe?
What a lively debate! At HappyHealth we believe fitness/behavior tracking does have its place, especially if you are using the data to consult with your physician on things like an exercise/nutrition routine for controlling a condition like diabetes. We look at your fitness data as a key component of an individual's larger health profile, which is why we seek to include this data as part of our users' Smart Personal Health Record.
Check out how what we're doing to help individuals securely store their health data, manage it, and auto-fill those annoying doctor's forms we always get on new visits.
6 months ago on Why “Quantified Self” is bullshit
Pharmacy pickup is definitely a ripe area for technological disruption, and it's great to see a fellow startup addressing deeper problems that e-prescribing isn't nearly addressing. In our research we've found that ~25% of people who go in for a pickup have some insurance pre-certification or prior authorization issue that neither them or the pharmacy is aware of ahead of time.
We believe well-designed technology can bring similar rapid registration efficiency to the check-in process with doctor's offices. We created HappyHealth as an easy way to store your health data, manage it, and auto-fill those annoying doctor's forms when you go in for a visit. Check us out at http://happyhealth.me and let's Uber-ize the doctor's office waiting room!
6 months ago on ZappRx launches beta program to streamline e-prescriptions
Healthcare is certainly hard, and success requires somehow tapping into one of the two "R's" - Regulation and Reimbursement.
While there needs to be Amazon for healthcare, there also needs to be an Uber for Healthcare, and we created HappyHealth to help consumers manage their health information and better the doctor's office experience. Check us out, and let your health data start empowering you today http://happyhealth.me
6 months, 1 week ago on How to find a doctor that doesn’t suck? Spreemo has a new answer