Loneliness and isolation are heightened in the midst of the pandemic. Can robots fill a void? Expper’s founder Karén Khachikyan says the company’s robot Robin changes a kid’s perception of medical treatments, where they will no longer feel isolated, lonely, and scared. The innovator explains how his whimsical four-foot robot employs digital facial expressions to form lasting bonds with its young users.
Cake, a direct-to-consumer startup, is taking on the sexual wellness product. Its first product, a line of lubricants, is available for delivery straight to your door, eliminating the awkwardness of visiting the drug store to get confusing, outdated, and intimidating products that in no way are designed for modern sexuality. CEO and Cofounder Hunter Morris shares more on the company’s inspiration, future plans, and recent funding round from investors that include Brand Foundry Ventures, Finn Capital, and several notable angels.
Already five regions within New York State have reopened for business, ushering in a new reality of “test, isolate, and trace.” The United States estimates it will hire close to 300,000 people to become contact tracers, identifying potential spreaders of the virus. Governor Cuomo has appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to head […]
Wellth CEO and Cofounder Matthew Loper witnessed his aunt and uncle with the same diagnosis face different fates when confronted with Diabetes. The differing outcomes were a result of adherence to treatment plans. This motivated him to found Wellth, a platform that incentivizes those suffering from chronic conditions to follow their treatment plans and build new habits using rewards. Matthew shares more about Wellth, which just closed a $10M Series A round.
We have been interested in XR for Health for some time. This year, however, we think the time has come for these technologies to take a great step forward. In the past, we viewed it purely through the lens of other areas of science. Now, in 2020, XR for Health is officially an independent focus area for us.
Living in the epicenter of the coronavirus plague is a surreal experience. Outside my window, New York City appears serene – devoid of its former noise, bustle, and loud citizenry. However, a few blocks north, south, and east it is a war zone with fatalities piling so high that administrators are utilizing mass graves. One […]
Life Sciences are the heart of health. New approaches in bio, microbiome, treatments, disease prevention, neuroscience, and pharma propel transformation in care. As such, life sciences stand at the heart of our fund’s focus on individual health and happiness. We have been investing in life sciences since 2016 when we started Joyance, our initial health-focused […]
2048 Ventures Managing Partner Alex Iskold shares some insights into what he is looking at from an investment standpoint in 2020 and beyond.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not before.” – Rahm Emanuel, as quoted by a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in November 2008. With the above words, the incoming Chief of Staff of the Obama […]
Sitting in New York’s former Engineer’s Society, I spoke with Oleg Kivokurtsev of Promobot and discussed his latest service bot creations that are being deployed across the globe in hotels, office buildings, and hospitals. Fay-Louise Hayden of VentureOut (his New York mentor) shared a vignette of her experiences last month as the imposing humanoid diagnosed tourists in Times Square for […]
Being a caretaker for elderly or sick patients, especially ones with Alzheimer’s, can be extraordinarily difficult emotionally and mentally. However, being able to empathize with patients is essential and Embodied Labs has created an immersive VR experience that puts caregivers into the body and mind of those who are dealing with aging issues and cognitive decline. Embodied […]