Rock Weekly: The only two reasons to give up equity


December 1, 2014

Over turkey dinners last week, people discussed a mysterious trend where so-called accelerators take startup equity (up to 10%!) without giving a dollar. What’s our thought on the subject? Companies should give equity for one of two things—work or cash.

Here’s some more clarity to be thankful for: read up on the latest draft bill on digital health making its way through Washington, which would limit the FDA’s oversight on technology that poses little risk to patients.


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The Excrement Experiment
The New Yorker

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Google’s Latest Innovation: A Spoon?


Company Amt Investors Source
Vivify Health $15M LabCorp, Envision MobiHealthNews
HealthSpot $6M Undisclosed MedCity News
iHear Medical $5M Highlight Capital, Aphelion Capital, Lighthouse Capital Partners TechCrunch
TouchCare $4M Undisclosed MedCity News

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