Capturing the pulse of healthcare innovation spanning leaders across the healthcare ecosystem.
Sid Viswanathan, Truepill, on building infrastructure for consumer-driven healthcare
In this episode of the Pulse Podcast, we interview Sid Viswanathan, Co-Founder and President of Truepill. Starting with its pharmacy-driven APIs and since moving into telehealth and at-home lab diagnostics, Truepill has been building healthcare infrastructure for the modern (and future) world. This infrastructure is already working behind the scenes to power several consumer-focused healthcare companies, such as Hims & Hers, Nurx, and Levels. The company has attracted investments from Y Combinator, Oak HC/FT, Optum Ventures, and others.
Andrew Dudum, Hims & Hers, on disrupting healthcare by reimagining the patient experience
In this episode, we interview Andrew Dudum, the Founder & CEO of Hims & Hers. Hims & Hers is a digital health company focused on destigmatizing health and wellness conditions while making it easier for everyone to access quality care. Since launching in November 2017, Hims & Hers has raised approximately $260MM in funding from investors including Oaktree Capital, Maverick, IVP, among others, and is poised to IPO via SPAC this year. Hims & Hers is one of the fastest growing direct-to-consumer healthcare brands to date.
Key topics we discussed:
How Hims & Hers disrupted the ~$4 trillion healthcare industry by creating a telehealth offering that brings quality, access, and affordability to more Americans while building a brand consumers love
How to improve the American healthcare system, beginning with getting primary care right and providing a quality healthcare safety net to all Americans
Reflections on the personal and economic benefits of investing in personal health and pursuing work you truly enjoy
Nate Maslak, Ribbon Health, on simplifying health decisions with better data
In this episode, Sandy interviews Nate Maslak, Co-Founder and CEO of Ribbon Health. Ribbon is breaking the long-standing barrier of complex and challenging provider data by identifying and delivering the most accurate, comprehensive data on providers, facilities, insurance plans, and cost and quality measures through a seamless API layer. Ribbon is trusted by innovative health care companies such as Oak Street Health, Ro, Alice Financial, Lively HSA, and Well (Well Dot, Inc.). Headquartered in NYC, Ribbon is backed by leading investors like a16z, Y Combinator, BoxGroup, and several leading entrepreneurs.
Casey Means, Levels Health, on maximizing human potential
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast, Vivien interviews Casey Means, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Levels Health. Levels is a metabolic health company that empowers individuals to radically optimize their health and wellbeing by providing real-time continuous glucose biofeedback coupled with machine learning driven insights to inform personalized diet and lifestyle choices. We discuss the founding journey of Levels, the science of metabolic health, and advice for first-time healthcare entrepreneurs.
Levels recently raised $12M of seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and angel investors including Marc Randolph (co-founder and first CEO of Netflix), Dick Costolo (former CEO of Twitter), Michael Arrington (founder of TechCrunch) and Matt Dellavedova (NBA player on Cleveland Cavaliers).
Stephanie Strong, Boulder Care, on democratizing access to substance use disorder care via telehealth
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast, Vivien interviews Stephanie Strong, CEO and Founder of Boulder Care. Stephanie has spent her career focused on innovation in healthcare, working to move the industry forward through venture capital investing, entrepreneurship, World Bank-funded research in India, and systems innovation at Duke University Medical Center. In 2017, Stephanie founded Boulder Care, a digital clinic offering long-term care for substance use grounded in kindness, respect and unconditional support. Boulder is backed by great investors such as First Round, Greycroft and angels such as Audrey Ostrovsky, who is the former CMO of US Medicaid.
We discuss Stephanie's amazing entrepreneurial journey, Boulder's evidence-based model of care, access deregulations during COVID, go to market and partnerships with your first pilot, and tactical advice for first time healthcare entrepreneurs.
Paul Martino, VillageMD, on the retailization of primary care
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast, Sandy interviews Paul Martino, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of VillageMD. Founded in 2013 with backers including Oak HC/FT and Kinnevik, VillageMD is a leading provider of healthcare for organizations moving toward a primary care-led, high-value clinical model. VillageMD works with physician groups, independent practice associations, and health systems to improve quality, deliver a first-rate patient experience, and lower costs in the communities they serve. It has grown to include more than 2,500 physicians across eight markets and is responsible for approximately 500,000 lives and $3 billion in total medical spend in value-based contracts. In July of this year, VillageMD made a big splash by announcing an expanded partnership with Walgreens Boots Alliance, who will invest $1 billion in its primary care partner VillageMD to open 500 to 700 physician-staffed clinics inside its drugstores in more than 30 U.S. markets within the next five years.
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🤯 guests, 🤩 hosts
Wow - the guests that they’ve gotten are extraordinary... the last episode on COVID was super insightful. And Vivien Ho (host) is a rising talent in the space. Keep your eyes peeled for her - she has huge potential and see her being HUGE in the startup healthcare space in the near-term... the Gary Vee of Healthcare?