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Apple watch and activity trackers’ day of reckoning

Jonathan Palley, Co-founder and CEO, Spire Activity trackers died and were reborn on Tuesday. With the Apple Watch as well as Jawbone’s announcement that its apps will work with anyone’s hardware (which follows a similar announcement from Misfit), wearable activity tracking is no longer a product—its a feature. What’s a wearable activity tracking company to do? Jawbone and Misfit’s answer has been: platform! Wearable-donned people can use their app anywhere while the companies bring all of the user data onto their server. History is not on their side. All the great platforms in technology—from Windows, to iOS to Facebook and even to Google’s ad network—started out with a core technology/business that no one else could replicate. Then came the platform. While we can argue over which activity tracking app is best, the difference and the technology is minimal.

Apple watch and activity trackers’ day of reckoning

Jonathan Palley, Co-founder and CEO, Spire Activity trackers died and were reborn on Tuesday. With the Apple Watch as well as Jawbone’s announcement that its apps will work with anyone’s hardware (which follows a similar announcement from Misfit), wearable activity tracking is no longer a product—its a feature. What’s a wearable activity tracking company to do? Jawbone and Misfit’s answer has been: platform! Wearable-donned people can use their app anywhere while the companies bring all of the user data onto their server. History is not on their side. All the great platforms in technology—from Windows, to iOS to Facebook and even to Google’s ad network—started out with a core technology/business that no one else could replicate. Then came the platform. While we can argue over which activity tracking app is best, the difference and the technology is minimal.

A digital health entrepreneur’s thoughts on HealthKit

This morning, Apple made its much-anticipated move into healthcare with HealthKit (aka, the formerly rumored HealthBook.) With a typically dissonant and ever-growing ecosystem of health apps, devices and data, digital health needs a major player to enter to integrate these products and tools. We’re excited about what the largest company in the world is capable of doing for digital health. Here’s some perspective on what a seasoned digital health entrepreneur had to say about today. Aaron Rowe HealthKit is really exciting. Putting all of this information in one place, in a gorgeous app that will reach a ton of people, could do wonders for public health. But it won’t do much good if the on-screen content is designed without input from people who deeply understand health metrics. It looks like Apple or one of its partners made some technical mistakes on a slide that was shown during the big reveal of their new health app.

A digital health entrepreneur’s thoughts on HealthKit

This morning, Apple made its much-anticipated move into healthcare with HealthKit (aka, the formerly rumored HealthBook.) With a typically dissonant and ever-growing ecosystem of health apps, devices and data, digital health needs a major player to enter to integrate these products and tools. We’re excited about what the largest company in the world is capable of doing for digital health. Here’s some perspective on what a seasoned digital health entrepreneur had to say about today. Aaron Rowe HealthKit is really exciting. Putting all of this information in one place, in a gorgeous app that will reach a ton of people, could do wonders for public health. But it won’t do much good if the on-screen content is designed without input from people who deeply understand health metrics. It looks like Apple or one of its partners made some technical mistakes on a slide that was shown during the big reveal of their new health app.

Rock Weekly: Larry Page wants to make your health data public

March 24, 2014 Last week at TED, Larry Page called for patient health records to become a public utility, despite the impossibility of maintaining privacy. Apple’s rumored  might be a good place to begin mining data. Chatter around the technology giant’s healthcare ambitionsincreased last week after designs detailing personal health tracking were leaked. You may have noticed that Larry took the TED stage sans-Glass, probably because our portfolio company Augmedix just raised $3.2M to bring all available units to the doctor’s office.

Rock Weekly: Larry Page wants to make your health data public

March 24, 2014 Last week at TED, Larry Page called for patient health records to become a public utility, despite the impossibility of maintaining privacy. Apple’s rumored  might be a good place to begin mining data. Chatter around the technology giant’s healthcare ambitionsincreased last week after designs detailing personal health tracking were leaked. You may have noticed that Larry took the TED stage sans-Glass, probably because our portfolio company Augmedix just raised $3.2M to bring all available units to the doctor’s office.

Other 2/10/14

Rock Weekly: The plot at Apple thickens

  February 10, 2014 Over the course of last week, the plot over Apple’s entrée into digital health thickened as job postings for sleep and physiology experts went live. Hailing from the future, ‘digital prophet’ Shingy decreed, “Devices in 2014 will be about quantification, not quantified self.” Hey students, want to spend this summer getting hands-on experience at a leading digital health startup? Learn about Summer in Digital Health in San Francisco.

Other 2/10/14

Rock Weekly: The plot at Apple thickens

  February 10, 2014 Over the course of last week, the plot over Apple’s entrée into digital health thickened as job postings for sleep and physiology experts went live. Hailing from the future, ‘digital prophet’ Shingy decreed, “Devices in 2014 will be about quantification, not quantified self.” Hey students, want to spend this summer getting hands-on experience at a leading digital health startup? Learn about Summer in Digital Health in San Francisco.

Rock Weekly: 5 signs Apple is making a health product

February 3, 2014 Funding in January smashed records and the second digital health IPO of the year is already knocking at the door as Castlight Health secretly files to go public at a $2B valuation. We’re now convinced that Apple is setting its sights on digital health — here arefive signs Apple is making a health product. Want to take the plunge in angel investing? Join Rock Health Angels for Syndicates and General Solicitation 101 on February 19th. Calling all wearable companies. Submit your wearable to be showcased at our SXSWearables Broozy Bunch at SXSW 2014.

Rock Weekly: 5 signs Apple is making a health product

February 3, 2014 Funding in January smashed records and the second digital health IPO of the year is already knocking at the door as Castlight Health secretly files to go public at a $2B valuation. We’re now convinced that Apple is setting its sights on digital health — here arefive signs Apple is making a health product. Want to take the plunge in angel investing? Join Rock Health Angels for Syndicates and General Solicitation 101 on February 19th. Calling all wearable companies. Submit your wearable to be showcased at our SXSWearables Broozy Bunch at SXSW 2014.

Other 2/3/14

Five signs that Apple is creating a health product

Last week, Apple announced record quarterly revenue and earnings and was subsequently rewarded with almost 10% of its stock value being wiped out. Analysts cited anemic growth for the tech giant, and apparent saturation in the high-end smartphone market. Not surprisingly, many investors are wondering whether the category invented by the iPhone was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In fact, smartphones represent an era of computing that has far exceeded the previous era of personal computers in both install base and usage. Apple seems less concerned, perhaps because their eyes are set on the next era of computing—wearables. Over the past year, Apple has been quietly building up the resources necessary to release a health product of their own. If the past continues to repeat itself, the digital health landscape could see a huge shift as the standard setter works to create a product that consumers love and use. Culminating in a meeting late last year between senior Apple execs and the FDA, here are five signs that a potentially game-changing digital health product is on the horizon. 1. “The whole sensor field is going to explode.” -Apple CEO Tim Cook Tim Cook has indicated that wearables are an…

Other 2/3/14

Five signs that Apple is creating a health product

Last week, Apple announced record quarterly revenue and earnings and was subsequently rewarded with almost 10% of its stock value being wiped out. Analysts cited anemic growth for the tech giant, and apparent saturation in the high-end smartphone market. Not surprisingly, many investors are wondering whether the category invented by the iPhone was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In fact, smartphones represent an era of computing that has far exceeded the previous era of personal computers in both install base and usage. Apple seems less concerned, perhaps because their eyes are set on the next era of computing—wearables. Over the past year, Apple has been quietly building up the resources necessary to release a health product of their own. If the past continues to repeat itself, the digital health landscape could see a huge shift as the standard setter works to create a product that consumers love and use. Culminating in a meeting late last year between senior Apple execs and the FDA, here are five signs that a potentially game-changing digital health product is on the horizon. 1. “The whole sensor field is going to explode.” -Apple CEO Tim Cook Tim Cook has indicated that wearables are an…

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