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Onward and upward: Big news at Rock Health

| November 03, 2014|Tags: ,

Today, we’re excited to announce that we have raised our third and largest seed fund. Funding was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from KPCB, Montreux Equity Partners, and Great Oaks Ventures.

Our core mission is unchanged—we support and fund the entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to transform healthcare—and this new fund is part of that mission. Seed funding is a service for entrepreneurs, sitting alongside hands-on support from our team, deep access to a network of industry leaders, and membership in a burgeoning community of digital health entrepreneurs. With this fund, we set out to make the seed funding component of our full-service model even better, with two broad goals: (1) To make it easier for our companies to raise money now, in completing their seed round and (2) to make it easier in the future, on their next round.

On (1), effective immediately, we are significantly increasing our investment to up to $250,000 per company. With our confidence comes a belief that we should be putting more money into each company, and we know that increasing our check size (and selectivity) will be a stronger signal to seed co-investors. On (2), the lead investors in this fund represent the most active venture firms in digital health, with category-leading portfolios and a full commitment to investing in companies over the next decade. Every single one of the investors involved in our third fund shares our mission to make a massive impact in healthcare, and is committed to finding the companies that will deeply transform the industry.

What’s next for 2014

| September 30, 2013

From Day 1, our goal has been to serve the most talented entrepreneurs—those with a vision for dramatically changing healthcare for the better. Our resources, curriculum, and community have evolved since we welcomed our first class of entrepreneurs in early 2011, but we have always worked one-on-one with each team to best understand their unique business challenges and personalize our support.

As we continue on this quest, we are constantly working to provide even more value to healthcare entrepreneurs.  In 2011, we launched the first seed accelerator for healthcare companies. Last year we announced an increase in funding from $20,000 to $100,000 to advance our portfolio companies even further.  Earlier this year, we announced breaking ground on a new office in Mission Bay, San Francisco with more offices and workspace.

And today we want to articulate how we are making our program even more valuable for entrepreneurs: (more…)

Big News: New Class, New Partners, New Space

| June 05, 2013

We’ve got big news to pack in this little blog post, so sit tight for some exciting updates.

First—we’re proud to announce the eleven startups that will be participating in our fifth accelerator class.  It was the most competitive application round yet, and we are honored to have these companies join the family:

Amplify Health Amplify Health builds population management tools for at risk provider groups.
Anapsis Anapsis is a research platform and marketplace for scientific and statistical computing.
Augmedix Augmedix is a service for medical doctors that’s powered by Google Glass.
Cancer IQ CancerIQ is harnessing big data to accelerate personalized cancer care.
CRIXlabs CRIXlabs builds software for de-risking drug development.
Fluid Fluid helps people diagnose the flu in minutes, without the doctor’s visit.
Lift Labs Lift Labs makes active stabilization tools for people living with tremor.
Sensentia Sensentia is developing a new breed of intelligent systems for healthcare administration and operation.
Smart Patients Smart Patients is an online community for motivated cancer patients and their caregivers.
Spire Spire is a wearable sensor that tracks both physical and psychological fitness to lower stress and increase productivity.
ThriveOn ThriveOn delivers mobile mental health programs from screen to treatment customized for every individual.

Second, we are welcoming three new corporate partners to our roster of supporters—Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a life sciences real estate and venture firm,  Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and Ogilvy Public Relations, a global public relations agency with specialities in consumer marketing and healthcare, among others.  Each of these companies not only recognizes the potential for digital health but is also passionate about engaging with the startup ecosystem. We’re excited to add their perspectives and expertise to our program and look forward to working alongside them in helping our entrepreneurs build successful, sustainable businesses in healthcare.

Lastly, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be moving to a brand-new home in Mission Bay in Q4 of this year. We’ve enjoyed the past few years in our Chinatown office, but are ready to move to a bigger space near startup-friendly SoMa and UCSF’s new Center for Digital Health Innovation.

Our new space, owned by Alexandria Real Estate, will have enough room for our startups as well as a community space for digital health meetups, events, and more. This is an exciting new chapter for us, and we can’t wait to host you in our new digs!

Ideas we’d like to fund

| February 25, 2013

Applications for Rock Health’s fifth class are open!
You bring the startup, and we’ll provide the funding ($100K), strategic partnerships, and operational support to help you succeed.

What do we look for?  Big ideas backed by smart and driven entrepreneurs, with a sustainable and scalable business model.

Here are just a few ideas we’d like to see: (more…)

LabDoor Launches: Scan a Barcode, Find Out What’s Really in Your Energy Drink

| January 29, 2013









Last week LabDoor, a member of Rock Health’s fourth class of startups, launched a web and mobile app that provides free quality and safety ratings of dietary supplements and energy drinks. With this venture, LabDoor CEO Neil Thanedar aims to bring product reviews and ratings that incorporate real science to consumers hungry for information in this $36 billion market. (more…)

Rock Health Announces Partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Unveils Its Fourth Class of Startups

| October 25, 2012

Today we are thrilled to announce our fourth class of incoming startups.

We are also excited share the news that Kaiser Permanente is joining Rock Health’s partner lineup, which includes the Mayo Clinic, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mohr Davidow, Aberdare Ventures, GE, Genentech, United Healthcare, UCSF, Harvard Medical School, and Nike. The largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, Kaiser Permanente will work closely with Rock Health’s network of innovators to advance digital solutions within their network, and provide key insights to the entrepreneurs in the program. (more…)

Ideas we’d like to fund

| August 20, 2012

Applications for Rock Health’s fourth class open next week!  You bring the idea and team, and we’ll provide the funding and support to turn your startup into a success.  What do we look for?  Big ideas executed by smart and driven entrepreneurs, to really move the needle in healthcare.  Ideas should be addressing large problems in the system, with a business model that is sustainable and scalable.


Do I need an advisor for my startup?

| June 21, 2012|Tags: , , ,

Advisors can play a very positive role in the development of a company when deployed effectively. Over the last few years, however, we have seen a rise of the “Advisor Class” where it appears everyone is either advising, or believes they are in need of advice. During this same period, more self-service resources have become available, from movements like the Lean Startup, to thoughtful Q&A discussion boards, such as Quora, which boasts nearly 75,000 people following questions on entrepreneurship.

So, does my startup need an advisor? An advisory board? How do you manage that relationship to get the most value from it while expending the least amount of effort? You know your effort needs to be on your company, your product, and your team. Anything else should be given rigorous consideration before adding it to your plate. So how do I take on advisors without being distracted? (more…)

Hello, new Rock Healthers

| December 21, 2011


We are thrilled to welcome our second class of 15 startups to the Rock Health family!  These teams will join us from January to June, and receive unparalleled resources and support in building their businesses.  From workflow automation software for home health care agencies to medical images on the iPad, we are honored to spend the coming months with another class of talented entrepreneurs dedicated to solving complex problems in healthcare.

Check out the coverage in TechCrunch and MobiHealthNews.

Twitter’s VP of Engineering on engineering management

| October 06, 2011


Rock Health Advisor Mike Abbott, VP of Engineering at Twitter, joined us for a round table to field questions on how to effectively coordinate a team of engineers. He discussed how Twitter tackles scaling, structuring leadership, and hiring top notch talent (hint: visitors like Lady Gaga and Snoop Dog).

Read on to learn more about methods he utilizes to manage 400 engineers. You might be surprised on what Mike spends 50% of his time on…