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15 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
S3E9: Guest Maya Hardigan, CEO of Mae
Maya Hardigan is CEO of Mae, a company providing pregnancy and postpartum support tailored to the needs of Black women. In this episode, Maya talks about the deeply disparate maternal services Black women receive in the US, how Mae is tackling the important role of curating culturally specific tools and resources to remedy this disparity, and her vision of becoming the go-to value-based supplemental care approach to drive positive pregnancy outcomes for Black mothers across the nation.
17 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
S3E8: Guest Charles Rodenkirch, CEO of Sharper Sense
Charles Rodenkirch is CEO of Sharper Sense, a company that enhances brain function by delivering wearable, targeted neural stimulation. In this episode, Dr. Rodenkirch talks about the fascinating science underlying their first product, a non-invasive patch that optimizes brain state for clear perception of vision, hearing, and touch. Mike and Charles also discuss the huge potential they see in using neurotechnology to improve people’s lives and highlight Sharper Sense’s grand plans to impact anyone who could benefit by having better vision, hearing, or touch - from clinical applications such as helping seniors with impaired senses or children with sensory processing disorders, to consumer applications such as improving the performance and safety of athletes, musicians, students, and workers in critical situations like the military and manufacturing.
16 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
S3E7: Guest Dhruv Agrawal, CEO of Aether Biomedical
Guest Dhruv Agrawal is CEO of Aether Biomedical, a medical robotics company with the goal of making bionics accessible to all. In this episode, Dhruv talks about the unique musculoskeletal biomechanics technology they use to enhance the relationship between humans and machines; their first product, Zeus, which is a revolutionary bionic hand for upper limb amputees; and their grand vision to disrupt the entire medical devices industry by exceeding global standards and providing the best value without compromising on quality, improving the lives of amputees across the world.
18 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
S3E6: Guest Christopher Jane, CEO of Proper Good
Christopher Jane is CEO of Proper Good, a company making 90-second meals with clean ingredients delivered directly to your door. In this episode, Christopher talks about the innovative science behind their health-conscious, shelf-stable (and delicious) products; how their unique business model overcomes the many challenges of the retail food industry, and the huge opportunity he sees in expanding to provide meal solutions for all different times of day and all lifestyle needs.
17 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
S3E5: Guest Oriana Papin-Zoghbi, CEO of AOA Dx
Oriana Papin-Zoghbi is CEO of AOA Dx, revolutionizing early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. In this episode, Oriana talks about the science behind their groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind liquid biopsy test; how the phenomenal relationship she has with her scientific collaborator has accelerated the quality and pace of their work; and the enormous potential she sees in using their method to increase early diagnosis of this devastating and costly disease, resulting in a reduction of related deaths by as much as fifty percent.
16 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
S3E4: Guest Tal Brown, CEO of Zone7
Tal Brown is Co-Founder and CEO of Zone7, a data-driven AI system that helps coaches and athletes optimize for peak performance and forecast injury risk. In this episode, Tal talks about the powerful algorithms his team has developed to perfectly tune a body’s physical workload to stay in peak condition, the challenges (and benefits) of being the first company of its kind to market, and the enormous potential he sees in using Zone7 to improve the lives and productivity of people working under intense conditions across industries.
17 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
S3E3: Guest Sana Alajmovic, CEO of Sigrid Therapeutics
Sana Alajmovic is CEO of Sigrid, a company transforming the way we prevent and treat chronic lifestyle diseases. In this episode, Sana explains the science behind their groundbreaking first product, an all-natural, tasteless white powder that reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels while simultaneously promoting weight loss. She also delves into the powerful meaning behind the company’s name, how her experience as a Bosnian war refugee has encouraged her entrepreneurial spirit, and turns the interviewing tables on Mike by asking him some poignant and revealing questions about his decades of experience in the world of VC.
15 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
S3E2: Guest Daniel Chait, CEO of Greenhouse
Daniel Chait is CEO of Greenhouse and co-author of the book Talent Makers: How the best companies win through structured and inclusive hiring. In this episode, Daniel shares fascinating insights into Greenhouse's dynamic growth over the last nine years, the two surprising moments he realized they were on the road to true success, their latest $500 million investment from TPG Growth, and his hopes for how this huge milestone will empower Greenhouse to have an even greater impact on helping companies improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion through hiring.
18 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
S3E1: The Anniversary of Inception with Guest Emi Gonzalez, Senior Principal
To celebrate the third anniversary of Inception, Managing Partner Mike Edelhart (the oldest partner at our funds) talks with Emi Gonzalez, the youngest partner at our funds, who focuses on biotech and healthcare investments. In this episode, Emi and Mike discuss the latest developments in the FemTech arena, the challenges of overcoming ingrained prejudice in the venture community, and the ways we’re always trying to seek out the very best entrepreneurs across the globe, regardless of education or background.
15 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
S2E31: Guest Roozbeh Ghaffari, CEO of Epicore Biosystems
Roozbeh Ghaffari is CEO of Epicore Biosystems, developing wearable microfluidic solutions that measure hydration biomarkers, skin health, and physiology. The company’s first product is the Gx Sweat Patch, a skin-like patch that pairs with an easy-to-use app to provide real-time and personalized recommendations for athletes to optimally hydrate and refuel after exercise. In this episode, Roozbeh talks about the deep scientific diligence that went into developing and validating the product in partnership with PepsiCo and the Gatorade brand, as well as the exciting potential he sees in using the core wearable technology to help the millions of people working in hot environments that could benefit from these personalized hydration insights.
16 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
S2E16: Guest Caleb Polley, CEO of Cubby
Caleb Polley is CEO of Cubby, making smart beds that improve anxiety, sleep, and safety for people with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Epilepsy, and Dementia. In this episode, Caleb shares how his close relationship with a childhood friend with Down syndrome contributed to his desire to start the company, the controversial public event that hijacked its original name, and the remarkable potential Cubby has to transform the lives of millions of families across the U.S.
17 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
S2E15: Guest David Montiel, CEO of BeelinguApp
David Montiel is co-founder and CEO of BeelinguApp, empowering people to learn a new language by consuming content they love. In his conversation with Mike, David shares how his worldwide travels helped him identify a huge opportunity in language learning methodology, divulges the clever Kickstarter campaign strategy that resulted in 20,000 downloads in 15 days, and explains his ambitious and innovative plan to become the go-to platform for all language learners to engage with their favorite content.
17 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
S2E14: Guest Sumit Sinha, CEO of Phable
Sumit Sinha is CEO of Phable, an innovative at-home healthcare app simplifying life for both patients and doctors through monitoring, reminders, and doctor intervention. In his conversation with Mike, Sumit shares the compelling personal story of how his father's struggle with chronic disease inspired him to start his company; the problematic and complicated state of the Indian healthcare system; and his hopes that Phable will ultimately improve the lives of millions of chronic disease patients, not only in India, but worldwide.
13 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
S2E13: Guest Ashish Rawat, CEO of Oga Fit
Ashish Rawat is CEO of Oga Fit, a fully interactive fitness platform where users get a boutique studio workout experience led by world-famous trainers from the comfort of their own homes. In this episode, Ashish talks about his frustrating personal search for an authentic, engaging virtual workout, explains how Oga uses groundbreaking technology to solve that very problem, and shares the company’s exciting plans for expansion in 2021.
20 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
S2E12: Guest Franziska Leonhardt, Co-Founder of Ave + Edam
Dr. Franziska Leonhardt is co-founder of Ave + Edam, creating personalized, clean, and vegan skincare backed by advanced technologies and dermatological expertise. In this episode, Franziska talks about the genesis of her first-of-its-kind approach to providing a completely unique skincare experience, the illuminating personal perspective she gained as a single mother and new entrepreneur starting a business during a pandemic, and the flexibility, integrity, and courage it takes to adapt and adjust the vision for your company in order to succeed.
16 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
S2E11: Guest Paul Chen, CEO of Flourish Tech
Paul Chen is CEO and cofounder of Flourish Tech, a company teaching skills to build flourishing, healthy relationships. In this episode, Paul tells the deeply personal story of what inspired him to start his company, shares how they’re repackaging time-tested psychology tools to make empathy resources understandable and accessible, and explores the huge impact Flourish could have on the mental wellbeing of families, friends, and colleagues everywhere - Flourish seeks to create peer to peer 1-on-1 coaching sessions to scale the impact of psychology experts.
19 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
S2E10: Guest Jean Anne Booth, CEO of Unaliwear
Jean Anne Booth is CEO of Unaliwear, producer of the first all-in-one, voice-controlled smartwatch designed to keep you connected, independent, active, and safe. In this episode, Jean Anne talks about the company’s unique and innovative perspective on providing personalized support for aging adults, the many challenges of VC fundraising in the SilverTech sector, and her grand plans for expanding this much-needed product to worldwide distribution.
15 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
S2E9: Guest Sam Shames, Co-founder of Embr Labs
Sam Shames is COO and co-founder of Embr Labs, a company unlocking the therapeutic power of temperature. In this episode, Sam talks about the fascinating technology behind their first product, the unanticipated ways in which it's helping address medical conditions, the huge insights they're gaining about humanity's relationship with thermal wellness, and how their recently launched new feature makes people feel genuinely more connected with the loved ones from afar.
16 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
S2E8: Guest Jim Havelka, CEO of InformAI
Jim Havelka is CEO of InformAI, a company transforming the way healthcare is being delivered. In this episode, Jim delves into the highly efficient and innovative artificial intelligence and deep learning solutions the company has developed to improve radiologist productivity and speed up medical diagnosis at the point-of-care. He explains the benefits of being located in Houston, allowing them to directly access data from the world’s largest medical center complex, the Texas Medical Center, and shares how they also partner with other renowned healthcare organizations, national physician groups, and leading medical imaging companies, all with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.
15 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
S2E7: Guest Matt Angle, CEO of Paradromics
Matt Angle is CEO of Paradromics, the first high-bandwidth data interface between brains and computers. In this episode, Matt talks about how his company is building a specialized data interface that will translate between bioelectric and digital signals; how this can empower people suffering from classically challenging diseases and injuries like paralysis, blindness, deafness, and mental illness; and how eventually, potentially, Paradromics could help define humanity’s very perception of consciousness.
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