#93 - The MySpace of European VC Valuations
The one-minute healthtech roundup. Almost didn’t get written this week as Pigeon was distracted by all the cheese.
This week: European VC Valuations report is in, what the demise of Roe v. Wade means for period tracking apps, and why not to compare yourself to an ailing tech giant.
News Bites 🥪
🍿 Sheffield based “Netflix of Wellbeing” acquired by digital healthcare specialist in £10m deal - Is Netflix a company you’d want to be compared with right now? Isn’t that like being the MySpace of Mindfulness? Biotech’s Bebo?
🤖 Study: AI deep learning models can predict race from imaging results - The NYT did a great piece on racism in AI last year. This is a step forward.
💶 European VC Valuations Report - VC valuations soar, but the impact of macroeconomic disruptions remains to be seen.
⛈ Y Combinator tells founders to plan for the worst - YC warns the good times may be coming to an end for startups and the venture market. So that’s cheery news for a Sunday evening.
🔎 Google hires former FDA digital health leader - There’s something of a revolving door between Google and former federal regulatory agencies. To quote A. Partridge - “AND ANOTHER!”
😔 How period tracking apps and data privacy fit into a post-Roe v. Wade climate - Writing “post-Roe v. Wade” is immeasurably depressing. NPR delves into what’s next for period tracking apps.
🧓 Seniors aren't tech-averse. We're just not designing for their needs - Rarely does a puff piece make it into Pigeon. But that’s because rarely does a puff piece contain useful information. RecoveryOne bucking the trend here.
What to Listen to 🔊
👂 D.A. Wallach – Investing in Healthcare - A decent podcast about healthcare investment. Pigeon never thought it would see the day. This one is excellent. Strap your ears in.
🧬 #270 The Story Of Vishal Doshi, the Founder of AUM Biosciences - This week, James is joined by Vishal Doshi, the Founder of AUM Biosciences, an Award-winning oncology focused biotech company.
💡 Business Intelligence Analyst, Medefer - Pigeon finds it quite hard to see Medefer’s name without singing it to the tune of “Oliver, Oliver never before has a boy wanted more”. Doesn’t take an intelligence analyst to work out that Pigeon is not particularly intelligent.
🧠 QA Engineer, Psyomics - Psyomics are building truly remarkable products with a phenomenal team, backed by science Pigeon doesn’t understand, but does understand to be amazing. Want to assure their quality? Apply to be their QA engineer.
🍑 Backend Engineer, Holly Health - Holly Health need both a front and backend engineer. Backend has won out in the battle of which gets posted in Pigeon because it sounds marginally ruder.