October 31, 2012
Moscow, Russia-based startup VitaPortal, which spun out of Moscow's Fastlane Ventures incubator last year, announced $2 million in its first round of funding. Prostor Capital led the round and noted angel investor Esther Dyson also contributed.
When VitaPortal first launched last year it aspired to be a Russian version of WebMD that enabled people in Russia to quickly find reliable health...
October 18, 2012
Without a doubt the number of digital health startups has grown considerably these past few years and many more larger companies have dedicated teams or business units focused on digital health. With that kind of growth comes job opportunities. As it happens, in recent weeks a few digital health hires and departures caught my attention.
Julie Kling, who has served as the mobile executive business...
October 9, 2012
Online medical advice, EHRs and the "quantified self" are converging.
Attendees at the sixth annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco got a taste of this Monday during a standing-room-only session on new tools for patient-provider communication, where entrepreneur Birju Shah showed off his latest venture, SugarCrew, a social networking site for people with diabetes.
Combining elements of...
April 18, 2012
San Francisco-based Alt12 Apps, developer of the popular BabyBump pregnancy tracker app, has secured $1.26 million in its seed round of funding led by Aydin Senkut's Felicis Ventures and with participation by InterWest Partners and individual investors including HealthTap founder Ron Gutman. Alt12 Apps has developed three apps that have corresponding social networks: BabyBump, PinkPad, and...
January 13, 2012
Skip Fleshman, a Managing Partner at Asset Management Ventures, shared a few tips for those mobile health startups looking to become more that just "one-trick pony" developers of successful apps. In order to capitalize on their real potential and become a long-term, viable business, Fleshman has a few lessons learned to share based on his firm's investments in a number of health startups,...
December 7, 2011
This week at the mHealth Summit HealthTap announced that it closed $11.5 million in its first round of funding after its $2.5 million angel round this past March. The most recent round was led by Tim Chang of the Mayfield Fund, Rowan Chapman of Mohr Davidow Ventures and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt through his Innovation Endeavors fund. The startups plans to use the funds to grow its platform's...
October 11, 2011
Epocrates made an interesting move over the summer, naming Facebook's mobile chief, Erick Tseng, to its board of directors. Tseng is a hot commodity in IT, having jumped to Facebook last year from Google, where he served as senior product manager for the booming Android smartphone operating system.
Tseng has worked for plenty of heavy hitters in the high-tech industry, including Microsoft, Yahoo...
September 26, 2011
About 80 percent of US adults go online to look up health information, according to Pew, but very little, if any, of the information they read online comes from their own personal physicians. HealthTap plans to change that, the startup's CEO Ron Gutman told MobiHealthNews in an interview last week.
HealthTap announced this week the launch of two new free mobile apps, called HealthTap Express --...
August 31, 2011
Facebook's head of mobile products, Erick Tseng, has joined the board of directors of mobile medical apps publisher Epocrates. According to a recently filed SEC document, Tseng will serve on Epocrates' board at least until the company's 2012 annual meeting of stockholders. Tseng's has held previous positions at Google, McKinsey, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Before Facebook Tseng was senior product...
April 14, 2011
In the short three months since 2011 began already investors have announced or disclosed to the SEC nine investments in various mobile and wireless health startups. More than a year ago we tallied up the 15 venture capital deals announced during all of 2009. Clearly investment in mobile health and interest has come a long way since then -- this year also saw the planned launch of Rock Health Fund...