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Choose Your Own Adventure: Venture Capital or Private Equity

I write about startups and right now, it’s a particularly challenging time for them. Not the kind that front-line healthcare workers or grocery store staff are experiencing, but a challenging time nonetheless. Because of all the pain and stress in the world, I find that startups have a hard time attracting sympathetic crowds. Just check out the title of a recent NYTimes article.

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COVID-19’s Impact on Healthcare Startups

I created this blog to help founders and employees grow their healthcare startups. I did that because I’ve been fortunate to work with incredible people, particularly in the art of strategy and business development. The problem is, I don’t have any answers for the real questions you’re really looking for. I can’t build you a sophisticated epidemiological model to accurately predict caseload, ICU capacity, and contact tracing. I can’t tell you what Governor Cuomo is thinking right now because I have no access nor help treat your loved ones for lack of a medical license. All I have is this silly blog.

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COVID-19, Lord of the Rings, & ‘Merica

You’ve seen the headline, “The U.S. now has the most confirmed COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) cases in the world.” This was a sad, but inevitable stage in the war against COVID-19 given America’s lag in testing capabilities and quarantine policies over the past 2 months. If there was any silver lining, I now believe “most” Americans are taking social distancing more seriously. Even some of the tanned Gen Z’ers (“Zoomers”) who recently returned from Florida spring break are expressing their regret. My only problem with the aforementioned clickbait headline is that it lacks a certain context and perspective to actually have an educated debate about policies moving forward. This blog attempts to provide that much needed Je ne sais quoi.

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6 Unsung Hospital Heroes Fighting COVID-19

Today I want to salute the hospital workers who get overlooked by media during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list is not all-encompassing and is in addition providers like physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. I hope this serves as a friendly reminder to give credit to staff beyond the physician and nurse. And if any of your friends or family work in the professions below, buy them a jumbo slice from me.

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Restaurants Closing, Workers Scrambling

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. Hi friends, I hope you’re staying safe and avoiding public areas. This past week a reader messaged asking why the blogs have become so long (1,000-1,5000 words) if my mission was to deliver digestible slices of information. I have no good answer, so here’s what I’m doing about it: I promise to keep the word count below 750 words (this one’s 741). That only takes 3-5 mins to read. We’ll try it out and hey, if we like it, we will keep it. Now back to healthcare!

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