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Think like a CFO: Four cash management strategies for startups during a crisis

April 3, 2020

Last week, we kicked off a new webinar series to help MATTER startups navigate the changing innovation landscape as a result of COVID-19. For one of the first conversations in this series, Lee Shapiro, managing partner at 7Wire Ventures and CFO of Livongo, shared encouragement and insights into how entrepreneurs can develop a quality survival plan hinged on strong cash management practices.


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Three focus areas for health system innovation leaders in the face of COVID-19

March 30, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread, health systems are racing to ramp up their innovation efforts. Last week, MATTER hosted a virtual roundtable with innovation leaders from a dozen health systems so they could share what they are learning and doing to help their communities address the pandemic. The discussion included leaders from around the country — including New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles,…

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What is brand essence — and why does it matter for startups?

March 10, 2020

A conversation with Public Communications Inc.

Each day in the life of an entrepreneur is filled with competing questions.

Do we need to hire more people? Who’s going to buy our product? How long is our runway?

Because so many of those questions seem to demand an immediate answer, it’s easy to save the ones that feel less urgent — like “What is our brand essence?” — for another day. But the …

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Four applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the neurosciences

January 16, 2020

Last fall, we teamed up with leaders from Anthem, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic to produce the first AI and Neurosciences Summit at MATTER.

Happening now: @AnthemBCBS, @UIHealth & @MayoClinic join us for a full day summit to explore new applications of #AI in #neuroscience and their potential to drastically impr…

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Five ingredients for a culture of innovation

December 12, 2019

Over the last several years, MATTER has worked with dozens of hospitals and health systems. The majority of health system leaders we meet want to be innovative, but very few feel confident in building the kinds of systems and culture that an organization needs to continuously transform new ideas into solutions.

So how do you create a culture of innovation in an environment that is inherently (…

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