ep039 Unity Stoakes Startup Health

This is the second part of a two-part interview with the batteries included health transformer Unity Stoakes. I gave Unity a full introduction in the previous episode, and now we’re going to pick up where we left off. Unity had just raced across town for a meeting at the White House in 2011, and then launched startup health at Health Datapalooza the very next day. In this episode, we find out what impact Startup Health is having and where they are headed. And you’re also going to hear a superb Yoda impression – you gotta hear that.

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Today's Topics

  • How the current political climate in the US will affect health tech innovation
  • How the Internet boom in the 1990s is similar to the current digital health market
  • The 4 things they focus on in Startup Health:
    • The Startup Academy
    • Establishing a Peer Network
    • The Network of Investors, Customers and Organizations
    • A Promotion Engine to Promote and Share the Stories
  • How startups should evaluate and compare accelerator and incubator programs
  • The role of philanthropy in health tech innovation
  • Why you should apple to attend the Startup Health Festival
  • Unity's favorite saying (and very awesome Yoda impression!)

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
“No! Try not! Do. Or do not. There is no try” – Yoda

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
“Persistence and passion, understanding your ‘why’, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing: having a great partner.  It is so amazing to have a Yin to your Yang, it can really make a difference to getting through the long journey to creating something great.”

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners? (Can be anything from business to fiction and beyond)
The Dip by Seth Godin
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

4- What tech do you think others should be using?
The Big Bubble Wand  (This IS Awesome!)
The Health Nucleus

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
The Startup Health “Health Transformer Fund” – Invests across a portfolio of health transformer companies.

6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp – The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families, free of charge. We are a community that celebrates the spirit of childhood, the sound of laughter and the feeling of endless possibility.



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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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