[Sight Diagnostics in MedCity News] MedCity Pivot Podcast: Sight Diagnostic’s exec talks about using computer vision in blood diagnostics

In this episode of the MedCity Pivot podcast, Daniel Levner, co-founder and chairman of the scientific advisory board at Sight Diagnostics, explains how computer vision is changing blood diagnostics.

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Aerospace’s Steve Isakowitz to speak at TC Sessions: Space 2020

A mere two weeks remain until we kick off TC Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17), our first conference focused on the technology designed to push galactic boundaries and the people making it happen. Building successful space programs, whether private, public or hybrid combination, requires a well-trained workforce — today and for generations to come. That’s why we can’t wait for Building the Workforce of the Future, a breakout panel discussion featuring Steve Isakowitz.

Isakowitz is the president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center. It addresses complex problems across the space enterprise focused on agility, innovation and objective technical leadership.

In his 30+ year career, Isakowitz has held prominent roles across the government, private, space and technology sectors, including at NASA, U.S. Department of Energy and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining Aerospace, he was president of Virgin Galactic, where his responsibilities included the development of privately funded launch systems, advanced technologies and other new space applications.

Building the Workforce of the Future focuses on what’s required to advance the United States’ leading role in space, namely developing a workforce that’s up to the challenge. Panelists also include Dava Newman, MIT’s Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, and Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering, University of Southern California.

More sessions from TC Sessions: Space

The COVID-19 pandemic has created opportunities to imagine new models for how and where to train the next generation of scientists and engineers. This session will explore how universities and industry can work together to integrate professional experience into the curriculum and how universities and industry can work together to build robust talent pipelines that create digitally fluent, agile workers for the future.

The panelists will weigh in on strategies to build diverse workforces — with different perspectives and experiences that drive innovation — as well as new approaches that promote continuous learning for workers throughout their careers.

The space industry requires a deep bench and a long pipeline of engineers and scientists. Tune in to Building the Workforce of the Future for the latest thinking on this vital topic. It’s one session you don’t want to miss.

Late registration tickets are still available as are discounts for groupsstudentsactive military/government employees and for early-stage space startup founders who want to give their startup extra visibility.

Is your company interested in sponsoring TC Sessions: Space 2020? Click here to talk with us about available opportunities.

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Tips for Turning Your Side Hustle Into a Thriving Full-Time Business

The story of my company, White Spider, began when I rented out the guest bedroom of my San Francisco apartment. I initially did it to make some quick cash to buy a used bike, but that weekend turned into many, and the bedroom became a mainstay on Airbnb. Eventually, I quit my high-paying job as a salesperson, and my side hustle grew into a successful design and guest management firm for vacation rental properties.

We manage hundreds of properties across multiple destination cities in the country. Today, we have the best team in the business made up of 95 percent women (this company didn’t build itself!). We chose to keep our operations completely in the U.S., instead of outsourcing to call centers. This means we pay our team members better than any of our competitors (one of the perks of being self-funded). We create wealth and new income opportunities for our clients. And, yes, it all started as a side hustle.

Below, I’m sharing a few pieces of advice that contributed to our success in the early days, helping to grow our company into the business it is today, in the hopes that these tips will help you to do the same.


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Customer experience is everything

Even in the very beginning, and arguably especially in the very beginning, creating a memorable customer experience is truly everything when building a new business.

Even when I had just a single bedroom listed on Airbnb, customer experience was a top priority. For example, considering each and every item that a guest may want and need during their stay to be comfortable—like Q-tips, tampons or makeup remover wipes. This might seem insignificant to the big picture, but in actuality, they are the big picture. Going the extra mile with details that some might consider a “nice to have” can take the customer experience from mediocre to truly memorable.

Experience is what builds your reputation, creates word-of-mouth momentum, drives referrals and keeps customers coming back for more. Further, with excellent customer service as the north star of the business, it became what we’re known for in the industry today. In fact, the clients who hire us often do so because they have the same commitment to service and know we will truly take care of the guests who stay in their homes.


Related: How to Choose a Side Hustle That Matches Your Personality

Capitalize on the skills you have and surround yourself with people who have the rest

Early on, many side hustlers get burnt out because they try to do everything inside of the business. Work in your zone of genius to get your spark of an idea off the ground, then surround yourself with people who are even better than you in the areas where you are not so strong.

For example, my background was in sales, so to get started, I leveraged the skills I’d developed in my career to help build the business, such as creating relationships, communicating the value of a service and the art of follow-up and follow through.

You too likely have a few key skills that can serve as the foundation for getting started. Use those skills to create your initial success, then when you’ve built a little momentum, surround yourself with great people and help them succeed in the areas where they excel.

I promise, no one gets to the top without an incredible team of people around them (no matter what they say), so don’t feel the need to try and do everything.

Use your early successes to leapfrog

Going from one bedroom on Airbnb to managing hundreds of homes across the country, of course, didn’t happen overnight. We got there by treating every win like valuable capital that could be reinvested into the business.

Now, the most obvious form of capital is cold hard cash. While, yes, cash is important for any business, it’s not the only form of currency that can help you turn a side hustle into a full-time business.

For example, spending the time to gather customer testimonials and turning them into case studies builds your credibility. Additionally, an investment in your customer relationships compounds into repeat clients and referrals. When you’re aiming to build momentum in the beginning, no win is too small to leverage for more success.


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Dare to be different

One common mistake that budding entrepreneurs often make is focusing too much on their competitors. Many spend a lot of effort on how they’ll compete with others in their industry and not enough on how they’re going to be truly different.

As a company, this has been one of our winning strategies since day one. We never wanted to compete with design firms that were creating pretty, but cookie cutter, spaces. Our approach is being bold and unique, and it has paid off in spades. Airbnb even recreated one of our designs in their corporate headquarters. The space caught their attention because we dared to be different.

Get creative to uncover how you can be truly unique in your side hustle. Perhaps there’s something that your competitors are ignoring, or you have humor on your side in an industry that’s typically very buttoned up. Whatever it is, figuring out how to be in a category of one versus how to be three percent better than your competitors will help you carve out your place in the market more easily and quickly.

Last, but certainly not least, there is one bonus piece of advice I’d like to share for anyone who is working on a side hustle right now. This year could objectively be called a dumpster fire. When times are particularly difficult, it’s important to attach the “why” for your business to what’s truly important to you.

The big why for White Spider is using our business to have a meaningful impact in the world, giving back to underserved communities, fighting social justice issues and creating opportunities for those who deserve them but might be overlooked by mainstream society. I urge you to do the same in your business. When times are tough, it will inspire you to keep moving forward.

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My pet peeve: VCs calling themselves startup

If you have billions of dollars sloshing around then you are NOT a fucking startup now matter how tiny your team is.

I just got dragged into a meet with a VC through my advisor and the VC "understands the pain points of us" because they "are something of a startup themselves"

Their cheque size is $ 5m and they have around $ 3b fund. Meanwhile I am mixing water in my shampoo to make it last longer.

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9 fast-growing pet food startups in Europe that claim to offer the best for your pets

A majority of pet owners treat their pets as their own children and want the very best for them. However, most of these pet parents are unaware of the nutritional requirements of their pets and end up feeding them sub-par food. This leads to a number of nutritional deficiencies and can even result in heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and pancreatitis.

But, the recent rise in awareness about nutrition and healthy lifestyle has transcended upon the pet-food industry as well. People have also started focusing on premium alternatives for pets. To address this, many pet food startups have come up with solutions that help consumers find the right food for their pets.

Some of these pet food startups ensure to work with dieticians and customise the right food that each individual pet needs. Therefore, we, at Silicon Canals, have come up with a list of pet food startups (sourced from Dealroom) that are growing rapidly in Europe right now and contributing to the global pet products is estimated to be worth $ 100B (nearly €83.4B).

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Butternut Box (UK)

Founder/s: David Nolan, Kevin Glynn
Founded year: 2016
Funding: €48.9M

London-based Butternut Box is a fresh food delivery startup for dogs. The company claims to have produced over 8 million meals for dogs across the UK. As per the company, dishes are cooked using fresh ingredients and portioned as per the breed, sex, weight, and exercise regime of dogs. Butternut Box continues to stress the importance of bringing in transparency in the pet food segment and believes that it can use quality ingredients with easy-to-read food labels.

Last year, Butternut Box secured €17.4M investment led by European VC firms Five Seasons Ventures and White Star Capital. Also, its existing investors – Literacy Capital and Passion Capital took part in the investment round. The new funding was used to bring balanced and healthy diets to more pets in the UK and Europe.

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Front of the Pack (UK)

Founder/s: Chris Wilkinson, Neil Hutchinson
Founded year: 2019
Funding: €3.2M

Front of the Pack is a pet health startup that claims to work with the intention to disrupt the massive global pet health industry. In addition to health, the startup offers pet supplements that helps to improve the overall dental health of dogs and alleviate joint pain. It also claims to make the dog’s coats shiny and healthy. This startup bagged $ 3.5M (nearly €2.9M) funding from European investor Stride VC and NEON, a VC firm in 2019 along with Heartcore Capital and Founder Collective.

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Mascoteros (Spain)

Founder/s: Demis Torres
Founded year: 2015
Funding: €2.8M

Based out of Barcelona, Mascoteros claims to be the first marketplace for pets in Spain. It offers an app to find a wide range of pet products. It lists products and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, horses and rodents. Back in May this year, this company raised €1M seed funding from Kibo Ventures and other investors in order to grow its team.

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Pure Pet Food (UK)

Founder/s: Daniel Valdur Eha, Mathew Cockroft
Founded year: 2012
Funding: €2.4M

Pure Pet Food is a UK-based pet food startup that specialises in preparing and delivering air-dried dog food made with natural ingredients that are personalised to your pet. The company claims to gently air-dry 100% human-grade and natural ingredients to lock nutrients and remove moisture. Once the pet owners share the details about their dogs, the company prepares healthy and natural dog food, tailored to the dogs’ needs. With this startup, users can get dog meals on a regular, flexible plan until they cancel it at any time.

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Buddy Pet Foods (Sweden)

Founder/s: Alex Baumann, Alexander R., Erik Wide Gustafsson
Founded year: 2018
Funding: €1.1M

Swedish pet food startup Buddy Pet Foods helps consumers who are looking out for the right food for their pets. The startup claims to provide human-grade food for pets. As per the company, it produces its own recipes using healthy food and snacks, including oven-baked dry-food, which helps in maintaining the nutritional value for dogs. It claims to work together with dieticians to create customised diet plans for each dog.

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HiProMine (Poland)

Founder/s: Damian Józefiak, Jakub Urbański
Founded year: 2015
Funding: €380K

HiProMine is a Polish pet food startup that recycles organic waste into nutrition products for animal farming, pets and plants. One of the products offered by the company is an insect-based dog good. It claims that many insect-based meals lack antibiotics and are less healthy. It uses Black Solider Fly, which is beneficial for the environment as well.

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Reglo (France)

Founder/s: Basile Laigre
Founded year: 2020
Funding: NA

Reglo is an early-state pet food startup that was launched in June 2020. It claims to offer a sustainable and ethical alternative to meat and fish, adapted to the digestive system of dogs. Its kibble recipe replaces meat with sustainably produced insect proteins. It claims that its insects provide all the essential animate acids, fats and minerals that your dog needs.

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Entoma Petfood (Denmark)

Founder/s: Luxidan Nirmalananthan
Founded year: 2016
Funding: NA

Danish pet food startup Entoma Petfood claims to operate with the intention to provide the best for dogs and our planet. As per the company, they develop natural treats and complete food for your dog based on insect-based protein sources – Hermetia illucens. It claims to focus on quality and sustainability and ensure that natural products are beneficial not only for the dogs but also for the planet.

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Zooplus (Germany)

Founder/s: Cornelius Patt
Founded year: 1999
Funding: NA

Zooplus is an online retailer of pet food and supplies with headquarters in Munich and ships to nearly 30 countries in Europe and the United Kingdom. Zooplus claims to offer a full range of pet supplies for you and your pets with over 8,000 top products. The company has over 20 years of expertise in the pet food and pet accessories sector. In 2008, Zooplus completed its IPO and is listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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Wellory raises $4.5M for its ‘anti-diet’ nutrition app

Wellory, a startup that bills itself as taking an “anti-diet approach” to nutrition and wellness, is announcing that it has raised $ 4.2 million in funding.

The round was led by Story Ventures, with participation from Harlem Capital, Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Ground Up Ventures, NBA Player Wayne Ellington, Hannah Bronfman and others.

Wellory founder and CEO Emily Hochman (who was previously the head of customer success at WayUp) told me that she struggled with dieting in college, to the point where she was risking chronic illness and infertility. As a result, she became determined to gain a better understanding of nutrition and her own health, eventually studying and becoming a certified health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Hochman said that through Wellory, she wants to offer that same understanding to others, which she said has created a “managed marketplace” matching users with a licensed nutritionist, registered dietitian or certified health coach. Those coaches create a personalized plan for losing weight or achieving other health goals, then continue to provide feedback as users share photos of each meal and additional health data.

For example, she said that a customer who had just given birth and was interested in postpartum weight loss would get matched with a coach who specializes in that area.

“The thing that is so important is that we build personalized plans,” she added. “We don’t have anything that says, ‘At Wellory, we do these 10 things and that’s a standard diet.’ We’re actually going to help you learn how to make smart and healthy decisions.”

Wellory CEO Emily Hochman

Wellory CEO Emily Hochman

Wellory officially launched in September, but Hochman said some beta testers have been using the service for nine, 10 or 11 months. She said early customers include people who are interested in weight loss, those who need nutrition advice due to chronic illness and “optimizers” who simply want to make sure they’re eating as healthily as possible.

She also noted that although customers usually sign up with a specific goal in mind, “once they hit their goal, because the power of a strong relationship, they say, ‘I don’t want to go back to where I was, let’s keep building, let’s make sure I can sustain this.’”

The app is available on iOS and Android and currently costs $ 59.99 per month. Hochman plans to introduce additional pricing tiers. and she said the funding will allow Wellory to expand the technology and marketing teams, and to explore new partnerships.

“As a data technology investor, we get approached by different types of wearable or diagnostic companies nearly every week,” said Jake Yormak of Story Ventures in a statement. “We love the category but what we saw in Wellory was a way to put a human coach at the center of understanding this health data. With nutrition as the wedge, Wellory has built a trusted relationship with people who affirmatively want to better understand and improve their wellbeing.”

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