Sherpaa, Co-Founded By COO Cheryl Swirnow, Raises $1.8M To Help SMBs Find Better Health Insurance

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Brooklyn-based healthtech startup raises venture capital to disrupt the $2.5 trillion healthcare industry.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Brooklyn-based healthtech startup Sherpaa provides personalized medical advice and/or routes you to the medical professional as necessary. Sherpa announced raising $1.8M last week from investors including O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (its first healthtech investment), First Round Capital and Collaborative Fund.

Sherpaa was co-founded by Cheryl Swirnow, who spent the last 10 years in human resources helping companies choose and manage their healthcare plans. With Sherpaa, technology will facilitate smartphone conversations between doctors and patients to save everyone time and money. For example, you can take a picture of your injury or ailment and email it to your doctor so you don’t have to go in. Modern medicine, indeed.

Congrats to Cheryl Swirnow and the team at Sherpaa on securing the venture funding to expand across the United States – we can’t wait for Sherpaa to roll out here in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.