Medical Comedy Relief: Taylor Swift is Leading Cause of Vertigo


It’s Monday, and let’s face it, we all need a good laugh.  Welcome to the newest chronic illness and it’s cure.  This struck me as so funny because I have actually talked about this “syndrome” before seeing the skit.  God save us from Taylor Swift.  Good luck with Monday…it’s a short week! httpv://  

Ante Up! Where I’d Place My Healthcare Bets

Ante Up!”

Oh, there’s a lot of opportunities If you know when to take them, you know? There’s a lot of opportunities If there aren’t, you can make them Make or break them -Pet Shop Boys, Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money!)   I am fortunate in that I get asked to speak at a lot of […]

Meritocracy Works if You Know the Right People

Composition of typical tech board of directors”

“Meritocracy works if you know the right people.” I love the irony of that quote, which was said by Laura Gomez, founder of Vyv and former Google and Twitter employee (although she was quoting Marc Andreessen). Gomez, a Hispanic tech executive, made this comment at an event called “A Conversation on Closing the Racial and […]

It’s National Healthy Eating Day: #ShowUsYourPeanuts!


The American Heart Association has declared this coming Wednesday, November 5th National Healthy Eating Day. On this day you are supposed to we encourage eat only foods and beverages that are high in nutrients and low in sugar, sodium and saturated and trans fats. And it’s good timing for a day like this if you are only planning on having only one. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the twelve days of Christmas Cookies will soon follow. That gives you a minimum of 13 National Crappy Eating Days, all sanctioned and promoted by community, religion and our food and beverage industry.


all the cards

Last Christmas, while I was supposed to be buying things for other people, I splurged on a silly novelty gift for myself: a box of “Corporate Flashcards,” marketed as “the perfect gift for the unemployed or over-employed.” If you follow me regularly, you know I have a fascination with words and wordplay, as well as […]

Periodic Table of Digital Health

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Very recently, CB Insights published something they called the Periodic Table of Healthcare.   It was a very clever way to characterize the healthcare landscape, featuring investors, acquirers in pharma, biotech, medical devices, drug discovery, drug development.  They specifically noted that the Table was not intended to characterize the digital health world, so I decided to […]

Survival of the Fittest: Healthcare Accelerators Evolve Towards Specialization


I am excited to announce that the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has just published a report, authored by me, about the state of healthcare Accelerators in the U.S. and around the world. For those of you who don’t know CHCF, it is a very large not-for-profit endowment that has a mission to improve the […]

Doctor vs. Machine–Oh the Humanity!

If we can self-serve toppings, we can self diagnose!

Such a good question from my friend David Shaywitz, MD, PhD, (and co-author with me of the book Tech Tonics). David has spoken and written about this this theme frequently, and most recently at the Health 2.0 conference held last week in Santa Clara, CA. He and I and 2000 of our closest friends were […]

Starvation: The Cure for the Obesity Epidemic or Will Esther Dyson Be My Next Mother-In-Law

Marty Felsenthal, VC, author, and cheap husband

This is the very first guest post I have ever had on my blog.  Normally I wouldn’t want to have anyone else’s voice here, as I am just too much of a control freak and it pains me to correct people who write “your” instead of “you’re”.  However, I have been wildly busy and away […]

The Apple Announcement and My Deja Vu


On September 9, 2014 it seemed the whole world (or at least the people who think they are the whole world in Silicon Valley) was holding its collective breath to find out what Apple Computer was about to announce regarding the iPhone, the Apple Watch, HealthKit, and everything else it might have up its sleeve. […]