Bob Kocher, MD, partner at Venrock, sits down with entrepreneur and author Thomas Goetz at the StartUp Health Festival for a lively discussion about balancing moonshot thinking with pragmatism and “making healthcare suck less.”
March 23, 2016
StartUp Health Insider

Balancing Health Moonshots With Pragmatism

On this week’s StartUp Health NOW, Bob Kocher, MD, partner at Venrock, sits down with entrepreneur and author Thomas Goetz at the StartUp Health Festival for a lively discussion about balancing moonshot thinking with pragmatism and “making healthcare suck less.”

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Bob Kocher & Thomas Goetz

Healthcare Should Steal Ideas From Big Tobacco and Sugar Industries

What if health tech entrepreneurs used the same strategies to motivate healthy living as the tobacco, fast food, and sugar industries use to get people in the habit of using unhealthy products? By stealing the rulebook of healthcare’s biggest enemies, digital health entrepreneurs can help transform health. See these essentials for every Healthcare Transformer focused on behavior change.

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StartUp Health Academy

For entrepreneurs who are transforming healthcare, StartUp Health Academy is a global, long-term coaching program and trusted peer network focused on increasing the equity value of its startups.

Join Startup Health in Barcelona for Health 2.0 Europe

StartUp Health is excited to partner with Health 2.0 for the seventh annual Health 2.0 Europe conference in Barcelona on May 10-12. Join us for three days of inspiring keynotes, live demos, interactive panel sessions, and executive networking with international digital health champions. Use the special promo code STARTUPHEALTH to register with a special 25% discount applicable both on standard and reduced rates. Mark your calendar: StartUp Health will host a Healthcare Transformer Hangout on May 10 at 7pm!

The “Shark Tank” for Healthcare

This year’s MM&M Shark Tank sponsored by McCann Health is open for entries until April 1. Finalists will pitch before a live audience at the second annual MM&M Transforming Healthcare conference on May 5 in NYC, where you will join the biggest players in the digiceuticals world — from startups, to investors, government, and the giants in healthcare — to engage in a day of exploring how to go beyond the pill.

Upcoming Health Events

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Wearable Tech + Digital Health SF
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April 5
San Francisco, CA

April 5-6
Boston, MA

April 12-13
Chicago, IL

April 27
Sunnyvale, CA

MM&M Transforming Healthcare Conference
May 5
New York, NY

Health Datapalooza
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May 8-11
Washington, DC

Health 2.0 Europe
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May 10-12
Barcelona, Spain

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Invest in the Healthcare Transformers Making a Difference

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So far, digital health companies have raised over $1.7B in 2016, according to StartUp Health Insights. Here are a few of the most recent deals:

Startup Amount  Investors
eGym $45.0M HPE Growth, Capital, Highland Capital Partners
HealthTell $26.0M Third Point Ventures
Maxwell Health $22.0M Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners, Cambia Health Solutions, Adams Street Partners, Sun Life Financial, Vaizra Investments, Catalyst Health Ventures, Schooner Capital, Industry Ventures, GIS Strategic Ventures, Cendana Capital
Pieces Technologies $21.6M Jump Capital, Pacific Advantage Capital, Children's Health, Order of Saint Francis Healthcare System, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
Prenetics $10.0M 500 Startups, Coent Venture Partners, Ping An Ventures, Venturra Capital, Capital Union Investments
RightEye $2.1M Undisclosed
DiACardio $1.95M Shengjing Group, CE Ventures, AltalR, Agate-Mac Fund, Capital Point Ltd.
NarrativeDx $1.1M DreamIt Health, Live Oak Capital Partners
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