Seeking healthcare startups for those that need it the most

I believe as a community we need to find a way to provide health care. When I think about poverty levels in this country, the sheer number of adults and children without healthcare, same sex couples denied coverage, well… all of it makes me nuts.

Back in 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr said it best: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane”

As a result, I’m a fan of the goals of Obamacare and I don’t think Gov Romney’s emergency room solution is compassionate or even productive.

While government can can and should provide a continued and important role, I would also like to see more startups working on consumer health.

These days I’m seeing a lot of startup activity working on superior “premium” healthcare experiences. That’s cool and certainly helpful but they are providing it to folks that already have decent healthcare.

I’d love to see more folks work on products that will work for everyone or target those that need it the most. The ones that are barely getting by. Or the ones that aren’t getting by. There are a lot of people in this category.

An interesting model to consider is Kiva in the lending business. Every day Kiva helps provide important capital to those that need it the most and otherwise wouldn’t have access. That’s extremely powerful.

Or consider Donor’s Choose. Those classrooms benefiting from Donor’s Choose donations aren’t inside the premier public schools in this country. It’s the teachers/kids that need the attention the most and thanks to this innovative model, they are improving, room by room, child by child.

I’m sure there are other interesting approaches as well.

The bigger point remains: let’s find new, capital efficient solutions to big problems.


The tweets, posts and photos of Sandy’s impact is crushing.

It is extremely sad to see NYC go through another devastation like this. 

I’d encourage you to donate to the Red Cross and do you best to help out. They need our help.

Also, please share in the comments if there are other organizations helping with Sandy relief that need donations as well. 


The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.

Steven Johnson

Modern day shoebox

I’m sure I’m dating myself quite a bit, but I fondly remember the days of going through old photos in a shoebox.

Grabbing a chunk of photos and flipping through them was wonderful. It felt good and was my own little time machine.

As we have moved from analog to digital we have sort of lost that shoebox feeling. All my old prints have be digitized years ago. New photos and things we create are shared and then forgotten. And the shoebox went away.

Facebook introduced something called Timeline within the past year but I never use that thing.

I love Twitter but it is designed for in the moment. The here and now. It’s not designed to back and review all of your tweets from last year as an example.

There are some apps that have the “shoebox” feeling though.

Tumblr has a feature called Archive which is lovely. Just add /archive to any Tumblr users url and you get a beautiful overview of your stuff. Here’s mine. I’m sure my stuff may not touch you, but its something I appreciate very much. It’s visual and inviting. Just like the old shoebox. If you use Tumblr, give it a try.

Timehop is a service that connects to your Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. It then will send you a daily email with your status updates, tweets and photos from exactly one year ago today (and two years ago). They just launched an iPhone app last week that delivers that same experience but in a beautifully designed app. You can share annotate memories or share them.

The stuff we create every day and share privately and publicly is so precious. Bringing them back and delighting us is something special.

Bring back the shoebox!

I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, ‘My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.’ It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.

Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Doug Wright 

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