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

StartUp Health NOW Podcast Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.8, 24 Ratings

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

    Pregnancy in the time of COVID, with ROBYN founder Alli Kasirer

    Pregnancy in the time of COVID, with ROBYN founder Alli Kasirer

    Today’s podcast is a throwback to one of our favorite interviews from 2020 thus far. Back in early May, we linked up with Alli Kasirer, CEO of a company called Robyn, for an interview on StartUp Health TV. Robyn – online at we are robyn.co – is a digital health company that acts as a 21st century guide for aspiring, expecting and new parents. They cover everything from fertility coaching to infant sleep training, with a modern, tech-forward sensibility. When COVID hit, demand for virtual services for expectant and new parents skyrocketed, and Kasirer and her team stepped up to the challenge. If you want to watch the full conversation, you’ll find it on the Startup Health YouTube channel, at youtube.com/startuphealth.

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

    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."

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 36 min
    How Joint Academy CEO Jakob Dahlberg is Transforming Osteoarthritis Care

    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.

    • 11 min
    Dr. Sandro Galea: Changing the Conversation Around Health

    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.

    • 32 min

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Katie Joy B. ,

Legendary Healthcare Leaders!

The entire StartUp Health team, along with their stellar guests, shine the brightest of lights on what it means to be forward-thinking in our ever-changing healthcare culture! Bold, insightful, and engaging are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. You’ll get tons of actionable advice and tangible tips, but you’ll also get heaps of inspiration from truly engaging individuals who genuinely want to see the industry succeed in every way. Thanks for putting out such a superb show guys - keep up the great work!

Roberts RN BSN ,

Amelia @RN_Solutions #HCSM Coach

Hello! The Nurse in me loves the analytics behind my role in developing Social Media Strategy. Nurse are all about measurement and improvement. The ! episode with W2O , Paul Dyer spoke to my soul. If you are curious about what your Interested Community wants? There is no need to guess ever again…when Social Media is effectively used, there is no real need for another Cold Call, Pitch or Email ever again. Follow me on Twitter @RN_Solutions.

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Healthcare Transformers changing the world

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