Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
MyHealthTeams.com — we build highly engaging social networks for those living with a chronic condition. Safe. Secure. Free.
We first launched with a site for parents of children with autism (www.MyAutismTeam.com has 55,000 parents!), then we launched a site for women living with breast cancer (www.MyBCTeam.com has nearly 8,000 women), and most recently we launched a site for those living with Multiple Sclerosis (www.MyMSTeam.com has nearly 14,000 MS-ers). With 1 in 2 Americans living with some sort of chronic condition, we expect to continue creating social networks to specific communities. We believe by doing so, we are helping millions of people connect with others like themselves in a judgment-free and positive environment. We expect to build scores more social networks that help many more chronic condition communities so that people do not feel alone in their daily lives.
What inspired you to launch your business idea?
I've been involved in the Consumer Internet and Mobile space for years. And For years, I've seen amazing technology address everyday and basic needs of the mass market. Yet, with nearly 50% of Americans living with a chronic condition/disease, there was very limited technology solutions to meet every day needs. For example, before MyHealthTeams, it was easier to find a tofu taco at 11PM at night in your neighborhood, than it was finding the best provider who can help you — or finding someone who shared your exact diagnosis, who could make you feel less alone.
I was inspired to fix this.
What problem does your business or organization solve?
We make it easy for people to find others who share not only their diagnosis, symptoms and treatments, but also life stage and other things outside a diagnosis. People share their daily ups and downs, support others, use our searchable database for questions and answers, and share their stories in a judgment-free and safe environment. A lot is gained by getting perspectives from others and feeling validated. The sites we have so far: www.mybcteam.com (for women living with breast cancer), www.myautismteam.com (for parents of children with autism), www.mymsteam.com (for those living with MS)
What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
Currently, the biggest challenge has been securing office space in San Francisco that is centrally located for those on the team to more easily commute. We love our space now but already are growing out of it. We're keeping our eyes and ears open, and networking with other entrepreneurs to ensure we find a good spot.
Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
I like following Project Eve on Twitter. There are some useful posts made that help remind me of the basics as a co-founder of start-up.
Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
There is a lot of movement and energy around patient-centric care. In fact, the more innovative companies do not refer to people with a disease as patients, because at the end of the day, all of us are more than just patients. We're mothers, fathers, colleagues, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. We're more than a diagnosis, and therefore more than patients.
Follow my organization on social media here:
www.myhealthteams.com, @myhealthteams, www.mybcteam.com, @mybcteam, www.mymsteam.com, @mymsteam.com, www.myautismteam.com, @myautismteam
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