Tag Archive: Habit Labs

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Health Innovation

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

    Rock Health hosted the 2012 Health Innovation Summit in San Francisco this week, showcasing a remarkably gender-balanced set of interdisciplinary innovators in the burgeoning health/tech space.

    As keynote speaker Mitch Kapor stated, “It is possible to go up the learning curve yourself without the basics of the domain you’re in.” The health tech space is still very new, he reminded the audience, and recommended for early entrepreneurs to educate yourself of the ecosystem, overcome your fears and find a way to “dive in” – find advisors that know about the space, can help you learn, and figure out how to build the right partnerships.

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    by Angie Chang

    What the Health is Happening? Trying to be a “Market Creator” is Crap, and Don’t Waste Your Time Stalking Competitors (Part I)

    By Jen McCabe (Founder & CEO, Habit Labs)

    As a startup founder, it’s often tough to figure out what news has direct import for your sector.

    One commonly adopted habit path I’ve seen fellow founders pursue is to sit down, crack the laptop, slam a Red Bull or coffee, open up Hacker News/TechCrunch, and wallow around for a bit reading whatever looks interesting or has a ton of upvotes. This is a pretty broad-spectrum approach for post-launch self-education.

    Before you know it, 3 hours has disappeared.

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    by Angie Chang

    Y Combinator Alum Jen McCabe Merges Contagion Health with Seattle Game Startup Health Month

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

    The new Habit Labs focuses on contextual computing for health behavior change. Jen McCabe is now CEO of Habit Labs, while co-founder Buster Benson serves as CTO. The merger will take Habit Labs from San Francisco to Seattle, where Jen’s background in patient advocacy and social design will work with Buster’s expertise in personalized recommendations and gamification techniques.

    “There’s something really interesting happening in Seattle with local startups, particularly in health and education. I’m gratified to find such a supportive community here.

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    by Angie Chang

    My First Year as an Angel Investor at Apricot Capital in Boston

    By Jennifer Lum (Angel Investor, Apricot Capital)

    I’ve been angel investing for a year now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I started investing so that I could collaborate with top entrepreneurs and investors.

    I invest through Apricot Capital with my co-founder Peter Wernau. We’ve invested in 8 companies and are thrilled to be working with a stellar group of entrepreneurs. Our first investment, Peekaboo Mobile, was acquired in April 2011 and our second investment, OnSwipe, closed a Series Awesome in June 2011.

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    by Angie Chang

    Angel Investor Esther Dyson on Women Entrepreneurs and Health-Focused Startups

    Women 2.0 asks Esther Dyson, angel investor in companies like Flickr and 23andMe, about opportunities for entrepreneurs and the women entrepreneurs in her portfolio.

    Esther Dyson: The opportunities for women are basically the same as opportunities in general. They are not currently in video sharing or yet another social network (ie. “if we get 10 million people we’d be wildly successful”). People forget that to get the wide audience you need, you need to spend a lot on marketing or have something unique.

    In general, the opportunities aren’t so much strategic, but specific to an individual. What do you know?