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Definitely a lot of dudes on IGram asking hot girls if they have Kik, undoubtedly for sext-play.
6 days, 9 hours 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.
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.
3 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!
3 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
3 months, 1 week ago on How to find a doctor that doesn’t suck? Spreemo has a new answer
I've always thought that MSFT should buy BBRY and make a push to OWN the enterprise stack.
With all the hullabaloo going on about the NSA, privacy, and hack-attacks, I feel like there's a big opportunity for a company to position itself as a trusted security vendor and secure a strong-hold around enterprise software ...
But maybe Box is going to be that company ...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Should Microsoft buy BlackBerry?
This is a major point: "The primary area of competition among these consumer-focused platforms will be around interpreting the data collected, making it accessible to the user, and ultimately empowering to act on it in an approachable and ultimately effective manner."
As a consumer health-tech entrepreneur, I agree that actionable insights/rewards are where the true value lies in all the quantified self data. That's driven home by your earlier point here: "More useful would be tips to achieve better sleep and most importantly what kind of personal health and performance benefits could I expect if I achieve a prescribed improvement."
My question is, okay, so the app tells you where you currently are, and it tells you where you could be if you did x,y,z action(s), how do we actually induce you to take said actions to reap said benefits? If you don't get the health benefits that the app suggests, then we're right back where we started and you won't use the app ...
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on 1) meaningful insights they'd want from a health app, and 2) palpable rewards/incentives that would motivate them to take action.
Thanks in advance! Feel free to check out what I'm working on here - http://happyhealth.me
3 months, 3 weeks ago on PGA TOURCaddie demonstrates how to build a quantified self app that goes beyond simple data collection
Good luck. Healthcare is extremely hard. That said, the investments software entrepreneurs are making now in personal health digitization and management should pay dividends within 10 years.
Check out what we're doing at http://happyhealth.me to help you securely store your health data, manage it, and auto-fill those annoying doctor's office registration forms.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on With another $6M, Glow is Max Levchin’s Trojan Horse to remake American healthcare
Regarding this: "These kinds of investments highlight that VCs can only lose their initial investment. Conversely, if something catches on, that investment can multiply tenfold."
This must clearly be a common investment risk-thesis among VCs, because John Doerr basically said the same thing thusly: "You can only lose 1-times your money in venture capital; you can make many-times it ..."
At 20:45 in:
4 months, 1 week ago on Bill Gurley on getting in on Snapchat: “Any price is kind of any price”
Check out @WeDelivr, a Chicago-based company tackling same-day delivery that won Startup Weekend and TechWeek Chicago.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why the hell are we still waiting all day for the delivery man?
So is this the $1B+ exit the modern NY tech scene needed to get true "credibility" within the ecosystem? Will this spark media-tech "bubble" of sorts?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Yahoo buys Tumblr and Mayer “promises not to screw it up” like past deals
Did I hear someone say "PandoMonthly in Chicago to interview Logan LaHive, and later Bill Ready of Braintree" ...?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Belly dance: Can Lightbank and Chicago’s hot new company avoid Groupon’s missteps?
@beachedmiami I've been thinking the EXACT same thing: a timed-exploding grocery list, b/c shopping is one of those instances where a single or list of things must be captured, held for a short time, then auto-destroyed.
I believe that while we ARE in an age of ever-increasing storage space, we become lazy and don't delete all these digital messages, and digital "garbage" piles up, taking up useful virtual space and driving up storage costs -> it's clearly cheap right now for companies like Goog, Dbox, etc, but I definitely see a point in the not-too-distant future when where usage-based, auto-deletion of files begins to become the norm to keep costs down ...
Definitely +1 on the grocery list/Snapchat thing though: great minds think alike :-)
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Today in gloriously pointless apps: Snap, Snap, Go!, the iPhone game “for awful people”
It is 100% true that the Affordable Care Act has set into motion fundamental rules and shifts within the healthcare industry that open the doors of opportunity for startups ... but don't think for 1 second that healthcare providers, insurers and vendors will all of a sudden start caring about your needs as a patient, and bend over backwards to meet them, "magically" starting January 1, 2014.
That is why we're launching HappyHealth as a free service to consumers, to start making health records more portable across all types of physicians, including doctors, dentists, optometrists, etc, and end the senseless redundancy and excess paperwork so common to registering for office appointments.
We're launching April 1st in Chicago, but we are more than welcome to develop relationships with healthcare consumers/technology enthusiasts who are tired of the BS w/in the industry, and who want to start taking back power for themselves.
Check us out and reach out: www.happyhealth.me and email@example.com
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Obamacare is a bonanza for startups – but do they know it?
Based on the points quoted, I think the speaker may have used a poor analogy to make his point - admittedly I haven't heard the full talk, YET - but I'll say that I agree that unfortunately there is a zero-sum nature to tech advancement ...
The examples I personally use to understand and reflect on tech innovation include:
1) often-times new tech "kills" old jobs and leaves people without work - employment re-education doesn't happen overnight, and for certain people pushing aspects of life aside to reinvent oneself as software programmer aren't realistic -> ask the mid-40 to 50 year old with kids in high school/college who's downsized due to enterprise innovation how easy it is to transition.
2) As Thomas Friedman says, the Internet is flattening the world for people all-over, INCLUDING Al Qaeda -> as it has become cheaper and easier to start Internet businesses and connect the world over, it is also easier to do so for those who would cause harm to the world.
I agree with what I see to be the speak er's ultimate point: "technological innovation" comes with real, sometimes negative in intended consequences ... But in the end I believe this is inevitable, and the onus is on humanity as a whole, not the drive to press tech forward ...
Tech is a tool like a hammer; it's potential for good and bad lies in the human spirit.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on “Disrupters don’t just play and experiment. They kill”
Great article. I'm all for the "sharing economy" / "collaborative consumption" movement as much as the next young entrepreneur / tech-biz geek, but my big question is this: "Is it sustainable?"
Like, playing out Naval R's example to it's logical extent => if in the future we're all just waking up and transitioning b/w 5 different tasks across Exec, PostMates, TaskRabbit, etc, are we really making enough to pay for our own healthcare benefits, save for 'retirement', children's schooling, etc. I hate to use the term, but will there need to be 'Unions' or what have you to protect the task-doer's rights?
I admittedly have only traveled via Airbnb once, and I've never rented out my services or space to others, so I'm a little skeptical as to whether it's possible to live "full-time" on these micro-jobs long-term. It's a little easier to envision it with some big-ticket sharing like Airbnb, or Boatbound ... but the smaller task stuff ... I dunno ...
And please understand, this is in no way an attempt to support / justify Big Corporate working-cultures by ANY means => I just think that both sides may lose 'peripheral value' in the long-term through stitching-together numerous short-term jobs like these ... but as always, the answers lie in the future.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”
Just read a recent BizWeek article discussing the Big 3 -> Redfin, Trulia and Zillow, and how they haven't been able to disrupt the need for real estate agents. The article says it's primarily because when it comes time to put money on the table, consumers want a human being to manage the deal as opposed to software.
I wonder how long that will be the case.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Zillow challenger Homesnap declared “Most Disruptive Startup” at TechCocktail’s SXSW Showcase
ZocDoc is certainly a great service; I really don't know how people looking for doctors book appointments anymore. The potential for technology to empower healthcare patients and enhance patient engagement and user experience is limitless ... that's why I'm launching my company to expand ZD's check-in service, and make it available to healthcare consumers for ALL physician's offices, regardless of specialty or affiliation with ZD.
Check us out: www.happyhealth.me
8 months, 4 weeks ago on I was wrong on my SXSW predictions. My winner is a company that isn’t even here
@mcarney "day threat über" ...? Hmm, me-thinks I spy an auto-correct error ... should it be "way that Uber"?
8 months, 4 weeks ago on SXSW ride services encounter the paradox of free
But what about "gorilla arm"? http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/G/gorilla-arm.html
9 months, 1 week ago on Leap Motion to ship in mid-May as it strives to become the Beats Audio of motion control