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Maven’s Kate Ryder shares her startup journey and advice for founders at Tales from the Trenches

June 10, 2020

Almost 80 percent of household healthcare decisions are made by women — women are most likely to take care of family members when they get sick and often guide how and when their children and families go to the doctor. However, the vast majority of digital health startups are founded — and run — by men.

It was that observation that led Kate Ryder to found Maven in 2014. Now, Maven operates the…

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“Not bits and bytes but human lives”: Strata Decision Technology CEO Dan Michelson on healing healthcare

March 4, 2020

At our February Tales from the Trenches™, Dan Michelson joined us to share insights from his 20-year healthcare career and journey as CEO of Strata Decision Technology.

Before joining Strata Decision Technology, Dan spent 12 years at Allscripts as the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. Dan was an integral part of the leadership team that grew Allscripts from a $50 million company with 50 …

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Shelly Sun shares how she went from risk-averse accountant to first-time healthcare founder at Tales from the Trenches

January 21, 2020

In late 2001, Shelly Sun took on the task millions of American adults face every year: finding high-quality home care for an elderly relative.

Shelly left that experience with a new understanding of the unique needs of aging adults — and the inspiration to leave her career in accounting and create a new kind of home healthcare company. Today the company Shelly built, BrightStar Care, delivers …

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Recap: Tales from the Trenches with David Chen, co-founder of Nuna

November 12, 2019

At our October Tales from the Trenches™, we welcomed David Chen, co-founder of Nuna, to the MATTER stage to share stories and insights from his journey in healthcare.

David’s entrepreneurial spirit sparked early on in high school: At 16, he and his brother made a business of selling cell phone cases they had imported from China. Before founding Nuna, he started and closed two companies, serv…

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Recap: Evive’s Prashant Srivastava talks hiring, culture and healthcare entrepreneurship

October 3, 2019

At our September Tales from the Trenches™, Prashant Srivastava joined us to share stories from the past 12 years at the helm of Evive.

Prashant built Evive in 2007 with his co-founder, Peter Saravis, with the understanding that when employees live healthier lives, they produce better work. The company uses consumer-focused predictive analytics to provide employees with the right benefits inf…

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