StartUp Health NOW Podcast

StartUp Health NOW Podcast

StartUp Health NOW celebrates the innovators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs who are reimagining health and wellness.

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Surviving the Pivot: How Two Founders Re-Shaped Their Business to Thrive in a Post-COVID World

When the pandemic first hit, Dr. Jennifer Meller, CEO & Founder of Navimize, and CTO Kavita Mangal knew they were going to have to work fast. How could the duo utilize their existing platform, but adapt to the new conditions brought forth by COVID-19? To do this, says Meller, the team had to shift focus and channel their platform solely around the needs of their customers. In this StartUp Health NOW episode, Dr. Meller and Mangal share what held the company together at the start of the pandemic, and how they’ve repurposed their technology for the “new normal."
July 28, 2020

Despite COVID-Constrained World, Digital Health Investor Predicts Promising Future in Telemedicine

Much has been said and written — here at StartUp Health and elsewhere — about how in healthcare there’s pre-COVID and there’s post-COVID. Regulations, reimbursements, consumer attitudes, and just basic human norms have shifted dramatically. Mass adoption of telemedicine has made headlines, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In today’s podcast, we turned to Alyssa Jaffee, industry pro and VP at 7Wire Ventures, an early-stage venture fund headquartered in Chicago, to delve deeper into understanding those shifts and opportunities in digital health from an investor’s lens. The conversation you’ll hear is between Jaffe and Bari Krein, StartUp Health’s Chief Strategy Officer. It took place during a recent Expert Office Hour session that we hosted for the Health Transformers in the StartUp Health community, but Jaffe’s advice was so spot on and honest that we couldn’t help sharing it with a wider audience on the podcast.
July 21, 2020

StartUp Health’s 2020 Midyear Insights Report: A Conversation with Jonah Comstock

StartUp Health co-founder Unity Stoakes and editor in chief Logan Plaster talk health innovation funding trends with HIMSS Media editor-in-chief Jonah Comstock, a health tech journalist who has been covering the health innovation funding landscape for more than a decade. StartUp Health released its quarterly Insights report on July 1, 2020. The report confirmed that health innovation funding has remained on a strong upward trajectory despite of the market uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, with $4.2B raised in Q2 2020, we find ourselves closing out the most-funded six-month period on record. In this episode, Comstock, Stoakes and Plaster discuss the market forces behind this apparent optimism, the importance of a global perspective on health innovation, and whether the current positive trend is likely to continue through the rest of 2020.
July 14, 2020

How Joint Academy CEO Jakob Dahlberg is Transforming Osteoarthritis Care

 According to the Arthritis Foundation, one in four Americans will develop hip or knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime. Experts suggest we have yet to reach a maximum fixed lifespan, creating an overwhelming demand for accessing treatment options that address joint pain and immobility.One of StartUp Health's rising stars. Jakob Dahlberg, Co-founder and CEO of the Swedish based telemedicine company Joint Academy, has created an interactive digital treatment program for arthritis.  In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Dahlberg talks about the companies mission, response to the current pandemic, and how creating a digital joint therapy platform is addressing a gap in healthcare.
July 7, 2020

Dr. Sandro Galea: Changing the Conversation Around Health

To improve health, not just healthcare, we have to do the hard work of building a healthier world. And that, says Sandro Galea, MD, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, starts with investing in preventative care infrastructures, not just in treatments. In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Galea shares the inspiration for his book Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health and urges us to think more deeply about the interconnected forces around us—from money and power to love and hate, compassion, fairness, and justice—and how they can lead to sustainable health.
June 30, 2020

MedHaul’s Leaders Break Down What’s Needed to Create Racial Equity in Silicon Valley and Beyond

At MedHaul, CEO & founder Erica Plybeah and Director of Quality and Community Engagement Nathalie Occean are solving one of the oldest challenges in health: transportation. Each year, nearly 4 million adults and children with chronic conditions miss or delay medical appointments because they don’t have a ride. At MedHaul, the Memphis-based entrepreneurs have developed an Uber-like platform that books non-emergency transportation for people with special needs in low-income communities across 10 U.S. cities, and counting. In this StartUp Health NOW podcast episode, Plybeah and Occean share how they’ve continued to scale during COVID-19, and break down the core challenges that ultimately set the stage for why Black founders receive
June 19, 2020

About StartUp Health

StartUp Health is on a 25-year mission to collaborate with entrepreneurs to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. Since 2011, StartUp Health has been investing in a global army of entrepreneurs -- called Health Transformers® -- to achieve health moonshots: Access to Care, Cost to Zero, Cure Disease, End to Cancer, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Nutrition & Fitness, Brain Health, Mental Health & Happiness, Addiction, and Longevity.

Backed by Advocate Aurora Health, Chiesi Group, Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Brad Feld, GuideWell, Jason Finger, Jerry Levin, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Masimo, Novartis, Otsuka, Ping An Group, and SeventySix Capital, StartUp Health has the world’s largest health innovation portfolio with more than 280 companies across six continents and 24 countries. Learn more at
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Steven Krein

Steven Krein

Steven Krein is the CEO, Co-founder and Managing Partner of StartUp Health, which is on a 25-year mission to invest in a global army of entrepreneurs -- we call Health Transformers -- to solve 11 Health Moonshots that will improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world: Access to Care, Cost to Zero, Cure Disease, End to Cancer, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Nutrition & Fitness, Brain Health, Mental Health & Happiness, Longevity, and Addiction. Since 2011, we have invested in more than 300 companies in 25 countries.

Steven is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, investor, advisor, and entrepreneurial coach. Steven has been a keynote speaker at events hosted by Jefferson Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cleveland Clinic, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lake Nona Institute, McKinsey, SLUSH, and Wharton, among others and has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, FOX Business and The Today Show.
Unity Stoakes

Unity Stoakes

Unity Stoakes is on a life-long mission to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. By combining the power of moonshot thinking, a transformer mindset, and collaborative communities, he believes anything is possible.

In 2011, Unity co-founded StartUp Health to organize, support and invest in a global army of Health Transformers to embark on one extraordinary crusade -- to achieve 11 Health Moonshots, each of which can improve the lives of at least a billion people.

Today, StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of health innovation companies (more than 300 from 6 continents) and has assembled a worldwide network of 200,000 innovators, leaders, and investors committed to reinventing the future of health. Over the coming years, StartUp Health will invest in thousands of Health Transformers to achieve Health Moonshots.

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