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Day Zero

Exploring the Entrepreneurial Journey of Healthcare Founders.

Going All In

Meet the Guests: Chris Severn is the CEO and Co-founder of Turquoise Health. Kian Raiszadeh, M.D., is Founder and CEO, SpineZone; Nina Tandon, Ph.D., is CEO and co-founder, EpiBone.This episode is about figuring out when it’s time to fully commit to the entrepreneurial vision. Exploring Opportunity. The pitch to potential investors and partners should involve a clear description of the unique market opportunity. Timing is everything. Should you Focus on Outcome? Dr. Raiszadeh advises against it. Instead, make the choice to commit, and then try to enjoy the ride – every aspect of it, including ups and downs.Academic Grants. Nina Tandon suggests that for some, an SBIR grant, or similar sources of funding, can be the perfect foundation for kicking off an entrepreneurial project.This episode is a mash-up of previous Day Zero guests. Relevant Links:Watch Chris Severn’s full episodeWatch Kian Raiszadeh’s full episodeWatch Nina Tandon’s full episode
March 21, 2023

Virtual Solutions for Mental Health

Meet Nathaniel Hundt:Nathaniel Hundt is the founder and CEO of Dr. Katz, Inc., a software company that has built a platform to connect mental health and education for better care. In early 2020, Nathaniel established a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Department in order to design and roll out the Dr. Katz solution, which includes courses, videos and validated measures that help providers easily monitor patients' symptoms of anxiety, depression, and substance use in order to tailor and improve treatment.Key Insights:Nathaniel Hundt is making the daily lives of mental health providers easier by offering useful instructional software. ● Can you partner at the starting line? Nathaniel sought out partnership with an established organization—an entrepreneurial journey of shared learning.● Measuring Outcomes. Mental health, as a specialization, has struggled to consistently measure outcomes. Nathaniel says that’s changing quickly. ● Avoid Pigeonholing. Balance the need to provide specific services for a particular client with a broader aim of serving needs that will be useful across an entire industry. This episode is hosted by Nathan Bays, Healthcare M&A, Citi.Relevant Links:Read more about Dr. Katz, Inc.Follow Nathaniel on Twitter
March 14, 2023

“Start Here”

Meet Eric Langshur:Eric is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based incubator focused on improving the human condition by creating companies that improve Human Wellness, Human Performance and Human Engagement. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His book Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing was published by Simon and Schuster: North Star Way in 2017 and has been translated and released internationally by Hachette/Larousse.Key Insights:Eric Langshur has founded multiple healthcare companies and has written a book on wellbeing that draws from the best of philosophy and science.● Industry Changes. As margins dwindle in healthcare, Eric sees opportunity, noting that “the same plays that worked yesterday aren’t necessarily going to carry us through tomorrow.”● Purpose and Accomplishment. Concern for material needs can bring us to work every day, but to accomplish something meaningful, Eric advises us to discover our purpose. ● Science of Wellbeing. Eric has traced the science behind ancient wisdom, and affirms that mindfulness and meditation practices can improve bodily health. This episode is hosted by Rick Lemoine. He is the Chief Medical Information Officer for Sharp HealthCare.Relevant Links:o Follow Eric on Twittero Order a copy of Start Hereo Read about Abundant Venture Partners
December 27, 2022

Bust Then Boom

Meet Gene Dantsker:Dr. Gene Dantsker is President and Chief Operating Officer of EvoNexus. He has been involved with EvoNexus since its founding as selection committee member, mentor to numerous portfolio companies, Executive-in-Residence and most recently Chief MedTech Officer. Gene is a seasoned entrepreneur, board member, advisor, operational executive and angel investor. He holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from San Diego State University, where he was class valedictorian. He is an inventor on over 60 issued patents. Key Insights:Gene Dantsker works at EvoNexus helping entrepreneurs turn good ideas into commercially-viable companies. ● Picking Winners. Because they are selective in their application process, EvoNexus has produced very positive results, with total capital raised approaching $1.7 billion for the 260 companies they’ve incubated.● Market Timing. Gene suggests that it is actually a good time for startups in general right now, as opposed to even six months ago. ● Diversity is Profitable. Offering examples like pre-diabetes, hypertension, or particular forms of therapeutics or diagnostics, Gene suggests that different strategic plans can be used to find and deliver healthcare to diverse markets. This episode is hosted by Rick Lemoine. He is the Chief Medical Information Officer for Sharp HealthCare. Relevant Links:o Learn More about EvoNexuso Read more about Gene Dantsker
December 20, 2022

Finding the Right Partners

Meet the Guests:Chris Severn is the CEO and Co-founder of Turquoise Health. Brad Smith is the Founder and CEO of Russell Street Ventures. Tom Stanis is the Founder and CEO of Story Health. This episode is about finding potential partners and making good partnerships.• Saying No. If you are committed to a principled vision, you may face enticing offers that would bring significant financial gain, but in some circumstances, accepting may gradually lead you away from your mission. Consider carefully.• Partnering with Incumbents. The healthcare economy is evolving rapidly, and it’s difficult to start something from scratch. Accept how the landscape looks in order to identify viable potential partnerships. • Knowing Yourself. When you partner with large companies, you may have to adjust what you’re trying to do to fit their goals. Aim to maintain clear self-awareness about what role you want your company to play in relation to a larger partner.This episode is a mash-up of previous Day Zero guests. Relevant Links:Check out Chris Severn’s full interviewCheck out Brad Smith’s full interviewCheck out Tom Stanis’ full interview 
December 13, 2022

Automating the Patient’s Journey

Meet Matt Hollingsworth:Matt Hollingsworth is CEO and founder of Carta Healthcare. The son of a five-time cancer survivor, Matt has developed a passion for improving patient care. Matt holds an MBA from Stanford University, where he worked in the Systems Utilization Research for Stanford Medicine lab, researching methods for using information technology to reduce equipment waste and improve patient care. Previous to his time at Stanford, he spent time as a researcher at CERN as a member of the team that discovered the Higgs Boson particle. Matt received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Key Insights:Matt Hollingsworth is improving the work experience for doctors, nurses, and administrators.● AI Utility. Carta Healthcare has discovered ways to use new AI technologies to solve problems that, historically, people had to solve with elbow grease. ● Data Management. Getting trustworthy, usable data is difficult because it has required an army of nurses to fill out the forms. Carta’s software significantly streamlines this process.● Remember to Sell. Matt offers important advice for engineers considering a startup: don’t get buried in writing software if it causes you to forget to sell the product. Find people who can pay you for a product that meets their need.This episode is hosted by Gary Bisbee, Ph.D. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Think Medium.Relevant Links:o Learn more about Carta Healthcareo Read more about Matt Hollingsworth
December 6, 2022
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Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council members are influential innovators and entrepreneurs in healthcare who have daily contact with the most interesting and impactful founders. Drawing from their individual body of work, knowledge and experience, each member of our Advisory Council contributes to the curation of unique and compelling stories of founders and their journeys.

-Aaron Martin, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, Providence; Managing General Partner, Providence Ventures

-Julie Yoo, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, Co-founder, Kyruus

-Marcus Osborne, Senior Vice President, Walmart Health

-Lynne Chou O'Keefe, Founder and Managing Partner, Define Ventures

-Suchi Saria, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Bayesian Health

-Nathan Bays, Healthcare M&A, Citi

-Donald Trigg, Former President, Cerner Corporation.

-Rich Roth, SVP and Chief Strategic Officer, CommonSpirit Health

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