I am sometimes asked: Why do you invest in health and happiness? Why not just invest in health, or even health care, which is where other funds focus and where the impact of science is obvious?
The pet care industry is booming as pet owners, many of whom are millennials, are more attentive than ever, which can be seen in the popularity of brands like The Famer’s Dog . While pet food has benefitted from tremendous innovation, the veterinary industry has not adapted to today’s pet owner. Modern Animal has created the membership […]
Even after years of record-setting investment in digital health companies, we’re only on the cusp of this kind of transformational shift in health care. It’s time to speed up the digital health revolution.
Dehydration is a major issue affecting us and no one is immune to it – from elite athletes to everyday citizens. Liquid I.V., the hydration-focused startup launched in 2012, uses Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) to deliver the company’s range of drink mixes directly to the bloodstream. Following the World Health Organization’s strict guidelines for Oral Rehydration […]
As funds that focus on health and happiness (Social Starts) and delightful moments (Joyance Partners), we see food and drink as fundamental. After all, health starts with food, not only in terms of survival and nutrition but increasingly as an active mediator of biological or microbiome processes that underpin proper body operation. And, food and […]
Researchers estimate that 32M Americans have some form of food allergy and within this segment, approximately 17.5% are under the age of 18. With the number of people with allergies on the rise, there has been a surge of interest to understand the science of food allergy prevention and early detection. One of the best […]
Investment in the cannabis industry continues to flow. According to the Viridian Deal Tracker, during the first 19 weeks of 2019, approximately $5.65B in equity and debt capital was invested in both public and private cannabis companies, an increase of +87% over the $3.01B for the same period in 2018.
This LA startup’s product was inspired by the vision of Jon Bricken back in the early 2000s, and in late June the company will be shipping to its first customers. OnSite Waste Technologies has completely pioneered the way in which medical waste is disposed of through its desktop-sized unit that converts regulated medical waste into sterile […]
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision are touching upon our lives in increasing ways. But more often then not, there hasn’t been significant consumer-facing applications. Pearl is the real-world integration of these meaningful technologies solution that will power the future of dentistry. Spun out of LA startup GumGum, which has already successfully used its […]
As a business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster. Yet I still too often hear the question, “Can you give me a really sure-fire idea for starting my own business?” My standard answer is that ideas are a […]
My last blog post discussed part of our approach this year to investment in the bioscience and neuroscience aspects of health and happiness. To recognize how broad and extensible this focus is, we call it “Life Sciences.” Last week, I talked about our focus in neuro, bio, VR, and AI as each relates to helping […]