Today’s personal drones have benefited from the same advances in technology that have made the iPhone so powerful.
Archive for June 21st, 2012
Jun 21 2012
I¿ve been writing about Apple and the value of repair for the better part of the last decade. Repair is our mission at iFixit ¿ and it always has been. Even so, I didn¿t expect the scale of the public response when I argued last week that consumers should choose the hackable, fixable non-Retina MacBook Pro over its sleeker-and-shinier-but-locked-down sibling.
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Jun 21 2012
Follow The Daily Ticker on Facebook! By Daniel Gross Don’t just do something! Sit there! That’s the approach the Federal Reserve seems to be taking. Faced with a flow of data that indicates a slowdown in the rate of growth, the Federal Open Market Committee announced Wednesday that it was essentially standing pat. And in [...]
Jun 21 2012
Follow The Daily Ticker on Facebook! Americans spent a record $161.5 billion on e-commerce sites last year, an increase of 13 percent from 2010 according to Internet research firm comScore. A growing number of consumers are choosing the Internet as their retail shopping destination and e-commerce sales could account for 9 percent of all retail [...]
Jun 21 2012
Follow The Daily Ticker on Facebook! Falling oil prices, Europe’s rolling crisis plus myriad problems here at home have caused many Americans to turn their attention away from developments in the Middle East. “But rest assured…problems in the Middle East are real and are getting larger,” says Ian Bremmer president of Eurasia Group. “The region [...]
I’ve written a reasonable amount on here about the coming opportunity in health and as regular readers will know I think the most exciting opportunity is in consumer oriented healthcare services delivered online and over mobile. Many of these will be cheap enough that they can bypass traditional health distribution systems (e.g. the NHS here in the UK and insurance companies and doctors in the US) and many will leverage smartphone technology for diagnosis or data capture purposes. The big question for this investment thesis is unsurprisingly timing. I am confident we will see a wave of companies coming, but the key to making successful investments is to time your activity with the first burst of market growth. One way to think about that is when penetration moves from say 0.25% to 5% – that is typically when companies can grow really fast and valuations sky rocket as analysts and incumbents come to recognise that a major market shift is underway. Founders need greater prescience and will be best placed start their companies a year or two earlier, but probably not five years earlier.
So when I saw the Rock Health list of companies I read the profiles in search of pointers about the timing of the market for my hypothesis about the opportunity in healthcare, as well as for signs of other potential investment theses.
Going through the list of 13 companies I found 4-5 that are consistent with my hypothesis (Agile Diagnosis, Cardiio, Care At Hand, Sessions, Sano Intelligence) which I take as evidence that the timing for this market may well be now.
The Rock Health companies
Achievemint - rewarding consumers for healthy behaviour – with real world goodies paid for by insurers
Agile Diagnosis - web and mobile app for doctors to improve speed and accuracy of diagnosis
Avva - patient focused cancer management tool – helps patients and families get the information they need
Cardiio – technology that turns a smartphone camera into a sensor – e.g. to measure heart rate by looking at someone’s face
Care At Hand - monitors patients at home – e.g. to report on non-compliance
ChickRX – health Q&A site for women, will also sell products
Cognitive Health Innovations – service allows therapists to communicate with their patients via mobile and social
Docphin – health information system, initially providing doctors with access to medical news and research
HealthRally – crowdfunding platform to enable friends and family to reward healthy behaviour
Medmonk – a tool to help pharmacists find discounts for customers who cannot afford to pay
Nephosity – medical images on the iPad
Sessions – a personal exercise coaching platform
Sano Intelligence – wearable patch that tests the blood via micro-needles and sends results to doctors at regular intervals