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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?
4 weeks, 1 day 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" ...?
1 month, 3 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 :-)
2 months, 1 week 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
2 months, 4 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months, 1 week 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
3 months, 1 week 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"?
3 months, 1 week 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
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Leap Motion to ship in mid-May as it strives to become the Beats Audio of motion control
Well, it can hold $1M, but only $250K is FDIC insured, so you've got to have it under at least 4 separate accounts, miright?
I've clearly never deposited $1M into a bank account before ...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Dropbox’s Drew Houston on what to do right after you get funding
"To be clear, there is no sharing going on here (or really, at most services dubbed “sharing economy”) — Kitchensurfing is simply taking underutilized resources — in this case, cooking talent — and finding a demand for it."
This is how I've felt about Uber for some time now, yet they always seem to be mentioned in the same breath as AirBnb as an "early pioneer" of the sharing economy ... make no mistake, I love the service to death, but there's nothing really being "shared" about it, as much as it's extracting hidden value from unused inventory.
4 months ago on Private chef service Kitchensurfing grabs $1 million, expands beyond New York
Another great long-form, investigative article, Sarah. Articles like this, and the great interview with Mr. Kopelman are akin to expert-level, entrepreneur mentor sessions.
You bring so much history and perspective to the table Sarah - I have to say this is some of the best, most introspective startup and entrepreneur-focused content on the web ... keep up the great work!
4 months ago on Can Mike Maples, Josh Kopelman, and other seed investors retake the term “Value Add”?
Unfortunately, I've always felt that one of the keys of making "Instagram of Video" would partially rely on a way to make quickly sharing short porn easier, and we may very well see that tested with Vine.
After testing out that app for a bit, I admittedly like it, and I could see it having the potential to be viral for average users, because, as mentioned it makes any old schmoe an 'expert' now in stop-motion and time-lapse photography. Twitter also has the pre-built scale to smooth out adoption of the tech, along with having a readily-established community of user-generated-content available.
All in all, I think the app's a fun 'distraction' for now, we'll see how it performs over time, but it's definitely well-designed and implemented.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Six reasons why Vine is a killer news tool
Um, Giveforward anyone? www.giveforward.com
I realize it's not a non-profit, but still ... they've been around in Chicago since '08.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Meet Watsi, Y-Combinator’s first nonprofit company
These guys are attacking such a big problem that plagues physicians and hospital systems ... it almost can't be put into words, how valuable a solution like this is for the healthcare industry. There's SO MUCH potential for these guys to grow and develop ... we can't wait to have them fully integrated with our doc office registration and co-payment platform www.happyhealth.me
Major props to Katelyn and the Eligible team!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on YC alumni Eligible raises more than $1M in under 48 hours via AngelList
Great write-up. As an entrepreneur in the health space, I feel you could do a 'Find and Replace' for every instance of 'edtech', 'education', 'teacher', 'student' and 'school', with 'healthtech', 'healthcare', 'doctor', 'patient' and 'hospital', and barely lose any meaning.
As it stands, education and healthcare are the beasts that must be killed slowly by 1000 cuts ...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Education startups: The bottom-up approach doesn’t work here
Thanks for posting this write-up - when I was doing physician research and customer development on my prior, pivoted-from skincare-photo-upload-remote-diagnostics startup, I would come across doctor profiles on realself.com a lot. Good to have been able to get some perspective.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Meet RealSelf: the profitable, under-the-radar plastic surgery site
@jspepper Are you thinking of 'Thumb'? Seems like it ... spams the crap out of your contacts if you aren't very careful about adjusting your preferences though ...
4 months, 4 weeks ago on MuckerLab avoids the “sophomore slump” with its second demo day
Typo? "... Floodgate’s Mike Maples, believe there are 'TK' great new companies created every year ..."
5 months, 1 week ago on If top startups are “Thunder Lizards,” top VCs are radioactive cockroaches