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Silicon Valley Exodus
Posted by Rowan Byrne on April 12, 2018

Last month, The New York Times published a story on the growing discontent among innovators in Silicon Valley and their search for greener pastures elsewhere. Although it’s probably an overstatement to say that “Silicon Valley is Over” — as the NYT sensationally wrote in the headline of their story — the case for leaving the Valley is bec...

4 Thought Leaders on Tech in Healthcare
Posted by Rowan Byrne on April 6, 2018

Modern healthcare is continuously being shaped by big data, artificial intelligence, and a slew of other digital technologies. As these technologies mature, they will transform the patient experience by enabling personalized treatments and reduce the workload for physicians with automation, affecting everything from medical imaging, to management ...

Cross-Functional Collaboration with Design Sprints
Posted by Rowan Byrne on March 14, 2018

Turning great ideas into elegant, engaging solutions that people will actually want to use isn’t easy. Companies spend exorbitant amounts of time and resources creating a market-ready product, only to discover months down the road that the product isn’t user-friendly, or worse still, that it simply isn’t useful. To avoid that costly mistake, ...

HIMSS 2018 Conference
Posted by Rowan Byrne on March 9, 2018

The annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference — health IT’s leading exhibit — is in Las Vegas this week, and members from our Smart Health Innovation Lab are attending to take part in the national conversation on improving healthcare. Previous HIMSS conferences have been centered around healthcare legi...

Connexion Health Announces Sacramento Kings as Early Customer
Posted by Rowan Byrne on February 14, 2018

Last May, we sent a group to Chicago during the NBA Combine to showcase a prototype Connexion kiosk the Aspire team had developed in a span of 6 weeks, along with its first application, Fusionetics+. Taken together, the technology generates AI-powered, touchless health screenings and personalized training programs for athletes. The result of the de...

2017 Was a Big Year For AI in Healthcare… 2018 Could Be Bigger
Posted by Rowan Byrne on January 11, 2018

2017 was a formative year for artificial intelligence, not only regarding the technology itself, but also our own crucial understanding of how it works — or should work.  Early last year, AI learned how to detect minute vertebral compression fractures on x-rays that are often overlooked in the emergency room. In March, OpenAI generated a sys...

Collaboration Has Many Pitfalls, and it’s More Necessary Than Ever
Posted by Scott Kreider on October 20, 2017

Is the Future Being Designed by Committee? Groupthink, design by committee, meeting overload—if you’ve worked in an office, you’re probably familiar with the ways collaboration can go wrong. As workplaces make changes to encourage more teamwork, the push for collaboration has been attracting increasing criticism.“The fashion for making empl...

News Roundup: Aspire Ventures Receives Notable Press During Rise of the Rest
Posted by Rowan Byrne on October 13, 2017

On Tuesday, October 10, AOL co-founder Steve Case kicked off his Rise of the Rest tour in Central PA. Case visited the Aspire Ventures offices in Lancaster to chat about innovation and collaboration within our local startup ecosystem, and to get a first-hand view of everything we’re working on here at Aspire. As a result, Aspire had considerable ...

The New Frontier of Innovation
Posted by Rowan Byrne on October 10, 2017

The internet, the smartphone, and the resulting ecosystem of apps has dramatically transformed the way we shop, the way we communicate, and the way we gather information about the world. Until recently, technological innovation has been limited, for the most part, to consumer convenience in these relatively straightforward industries. But now we’...

Rise of The Rest Coming to Aspire Ventures
Posted by Rowan Byrne on September 22, 2017

With the approach of this fall’s Rise of the Rest tour—a startup pitch competition led by AOL co-founder Steve Case and his investment company Revolution—we are looking forward to hosting Case and his team here at the Aspire Ventures offices to showcase the innovative work we’re doing in the region. Revolution’s RISE OF THE REST ® with S...

Get an Exclusive Trial of Performance Tech Made for the NBA
Posted by Scott Kreider on August 22, 2017

Help us advance the latest in performance health technology. Click HERE to schedule.For more information contact Christine Fake at christine@aspirevc.com ...

Validation in Vegas: Presenting our Prototype to the NBA Summer League
Posted by Makenzie Alger on July 28, 2017

Aspire Ventures is taking on the world of professional sports with our AI-powered healthcare technology platform Connexion. With our partner Fusionetics, we introduced our platform to athletes at the NBA Summer League in Vegas, and previously to attendees of the NBA Combine in Chicago. Now, the Connexion is stirring up lots of excitement in convers...

AI & Fitness: How AI Can Help World-Class Athletes and Average Jo(e)s
Posted by Makenzie Alger on July 22, 2017

When we think of professional sports, we think of strong athletes with strict diets and hardcore training routines who just so happen to be extremely good at what they do. Compared to average people, athletes typically have lower heart rates, longer life expectancies, and overall higher levels of positivity through the help of their everyday regime...

How Rapid Prototyping Can Transform Ideas Into Impact
Posted by Makenzie Alger on July 17, 2017

It is both exciting and rewarding to see our hard work develop into something measurable. But at the same time, it may be a bit audacious to implement our ideas into tangible assets, knowing that when we do we will be subjected to criticism. Whether we are painting a picture, writing a story, or designing the newest mobile app, our work can be inte...

Building The Bigger Picture: How We Can Use Sensor Fusion to Change Healthcare
Posted by Makenzie Alger on July 5, 2017

Everywhere we look, sensors surround us, collecting important data and interfacing our digital world with our everyday lives. There is a whole ecosystem of sensor technology already in place, but are we using that technology to its fullest potential?In 2016, the sensor market was valued at $123.5 billion and is expected to increase to nearly $240.3...

Lancaster’s Growing Tech Scene is Taking a National Spotlight
Posted by Makenzie Alger on June 29, 2017

When people think of Lancaster PA, “tech hub” usually isn’t the first descriptor to come to mind. But a healthy culture of innovation and entrepreneurism is thriving here, and it’s becoming a prime location for building a new ecosystem of next-generation technologies. Now, the Lancaster tech community is finally getting the national recogni...

Wylei Transforms Personalized Marketing with Optimization Cloud
Posted by Makenzie Alger on June 15, 2017

.post-info span { color: #000; }One of our later-stage ventures, Wylei, is making great strides in the marketing automation space. Wylei announced this week the release of their recently patented Wylei Optimization Cloud™, an enterprise SaaS platform, increasing brand engagement and ROI by over 50%. Wylei has been revolutionizing digital mar...

Connecting the Dots in Healthcare: Unveiling Our New Platform at the NBA Combine
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 22, 2017

The dawn of the smartphone has played a critical role in transforming nearly every industry — from transportation to retail to hospitality and beyond. But healthcare has not yet had its “iPhone moment.” So far, there has been no platform powerful enough to fundamentally change the way we interact with healthcare in the same way that the s...

Thinking Inside the Box: How Constraints Can Help Drive Successful Innovation
Posted by Rowan Byrne on April 8, 2017

As Orson Welles famously said: “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” But limitations play a vital role in far more than just art: constraints are at the heart of all kinds of innovation. Consider this scenario: It’s fifth grade. You’re in art class. The teacher points to the closet, brimming with all kinds of art supplies, an...

Bricks and Bits for a Blended Healthcare Experience
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 4, 2017

Consumer habits are changing faster than ever. Whether from macroeconomic pressures, generational shifts, or technological innovation, the way we shop and the things we buy are going through a profound transformation. The change is impacting nearly every industry, and some sectors are struggling to adapt to the new consumer.At the forefront of this...

Scaling Precision Medicine
Posted by Rowan Byrne on March 23, 2017

Much of current medical standard procedure is trial and error. You’re feeling ill, you relay your symptoms to the doctor, and your doctor then prescribes you a treatment—the same exact treatment that’s prescribed to anyone with your symptoms. And if it doesn’t work, you’re prescribed another one. And another. But what if you could get it ...

New Smart Health Innovation Lab to Accelerate Technology That Improves Patient Care, Lowers Costs
Posted by Aspire Ventures on March 17, 2017

Lancaster -  Smart Health Innovation Lab, a new health care technology center, has announced plans to open this summer in downtown Lancaster. The innovation lab is set to be the only facility of its kind in Central Pennsylvania, where technology innovators, an insurance company, and a health system will offer companies an efficient path to tes...

The Rise of Startup Communities and the Redistribution of Tech
Posted by Rowan Byrne on March 8, 2017

As far as startup communities are concerned, Silicon Valley has long been hailed as the biggest—some might argue the only—game in town.  But as the technological landscape expands, the old-fashioned reliance on physical geography is slowly becoming moot.The high concentration of tech entrepreneurs and ecosystem resources certainly give the...

Clio Health in the News
Posted by Rowan Byrne on February 17, 2017

Clio Health’s first facility, a micro hospital and healthcare technology ecosystem to open in Lancaster at the beginning of 2018, has been gaining a lot of excitement lately. Reporter Kris Mamula of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted an article earlier today on our innovative approach to healthcare delivery.“Clio Health could change health care...

Aspire Ventures Announces Groundbreaking A2I Technology Use in Type 1 Diabetes Study
Posted by Aspire Ventures on February 15, 2017

LANCASTER, PA--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - - Aspire Ventures introduces its adaptive artificial intelligence platform, A2I, which self-assembles and self-optimizes algorithms for any business case - Tempo Health, an Aspire portfolio company offering a smarter way to manage diabetes, announces results of observational trial with Netherlan...

Helping Girls to become Future Leaders in Tech
Posted by Scott Kreider on October 19, 2016

Here at Aspire we believe the really great investments lift all boats in the long run. Sometimes that means doing more than investing in our venture companies to positively impact industries, it can also mean giving to our local community to create critical value for the greater good.That’s why we’ve created a local giving committee at our offi...

CEO Blog: Failure is Learning. Not Learning is True Failure
Posted by Essam Abadir on September 13, 2016

Failure is an often discussed topic anywhere businessmen gather. Historically the discussion has been about how to avoid it. But more recently it’s been around how to encourage it. That’s because companies realize that they can only achieve big moon-shot successes by risking failure.I’ve had my own recent realization about the importance and ...

New Stock Trend: Betting on Data Breaches?
Posted by Aspire Ventures on September 9, 2016

There’s a new trend emerging on the stock market that does not bode well for companies that let cybersecurity fall by the wayside. According to a recent article in MIT Technology Review, short-selling stocks of a company that’s believed to be vulnerable to hackers might be the next big trend.If betting against companies with security flaws beco...

Clio Health Breaks Ground! In More Ways than One
Posted by Scott Kreider on September 2, 2016

This week Clio Health, an Aspire company, held a ground breaking ceremony for their flagship facility in Lancaster PA. The event didn’t just mark the literal breaking of ground for construction, it also marked the beginning of a ground-breaking model for healthcare, as PA state representative Mike Sturla noted in his opening remarks at the ceremo...

Aspire’s Appmobi is Revolutionizing Mobile Security with their Newest Platform Release
Posted by Scott Kreider on August 19, 2016

It has been an eventful summer for Aspire Ventures. All of our companies have been making very big strides towards impacting their respective industries in powerful ways. Last week we wrote about the exciting growth at Medstatix and their recent partnership with athenahealth. Now, we’re pleased to report that Aspire’s oldest venture, Appmobi, h...

Aspire’s MedStatix is Making a Big Impact on the Patient Experience
Posted by Scott Kreider on August 11, 2016

As the healthcare industry shifts toward a patient-centered model that’s focused on creating a better patient experience, Aspire Ventures company MedStatix is beginning to play a big role on the national stage to help providers make the transition. Thanks to a recent partnership with EHR provider athenahealth, MedStatix has dramatically expanded ...

CEO Blog: You Can’t Copy Commitment
Posted by Essam Abadir on July 30, 2016

When I was a startup entrepreneur I was often asked, “Why won’t Microsoft or Google just copy what you are doing and crush you?”It’s a good question. So good that Aspire asks it when we invest. And there is an answer: What can't be copied is culture and commitment.Just look at companies that have created great processes like Toyota, who ado...

CEO Blog: The Unicorn Apocalypse
Posted by Essam Abadir on July 22, 2016

In the past year the creation of “unicorns”—startups valued at $1 billion or better—doubled from 4 to 8. It raises a question: Are we really minting twice as many great companies as we were just a year ago?The short answer is no.What has increased are the deals where big brand VCs overpay for shares to drive a company’s value to Unicorn l...

Moore’s Law is Coming to an End, and that’s OK.
Posted by Scott Kreider on July 21, 2016

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore observed that the number of transistors that could fit on a silicon wafer doubles about every two years, an observation that later became known as Moore’s law. Since then, the tech industry has been able to happily rely on continuously improved processing speeds and power for computers that are getting small...

A Lesson from HBO’s Silicon Valley: How to Avoid the Mistakes of Pied Piper
Posted by Scott Kreider on July 7, 2016

For tech insiders who watch the HBO series Silicon Valley, industry culture jokes about Scrum or the imaginary “conjoined triangles of success” usually hit pretty close to home. But the fine attention to detail doesn’t just make for better comedy, the realism also results in some important lessons that many tech startups fail to learn before ...

CEO Blog: There is a Reason They Call Them Unicorns
Posted by Essam Abadir on July 1, 2016

When I started in the technology business, first as an entrepreneur, then as an investor, the common wisdom was that if you had 10 investments, you expected 7 to tank, two to achieve modest success, and one home run that made up for the others, and then some. And this concept is still largely accepted. Only, it’s wrong. It was wrong then, and it...

Introducing a Better Way to Connect with the Right Doctor
Posted by Scott Kreider on June 28, 2016

For patients seeking the optimal healthcare experience, finding the right doctor can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a new primary care physician that you can trust or a specialist that won’t break the bank, navigating insurance and online searches to find a physician that meets all of your needs can be an overwhelming task. Although t...

Technology’s Payoff Isn’t Here Yet, But it Will Be
Posted by Scott Kreider on June 17, 2016

VCs and startups that are dedicated to ushering in a new era of disruptive technology are expected to be forward thinking. As the world grows more and more complex, we need visionaries more than ever who can see the path forward, and technologies that can help us along the way.But as a recent piece in the New York Times by Steve Lohr reminds us, to...

CEO Blog: To Grow Your Startup, Use Less to Achieve More
Posted by Scott Kreider on June 17, 2016

For companies looking to accelerate their growth, don’t assume that the way to achieve it is with more resources. Aspire CEO Essam Abadir explains in his latest blog post how more resources can actually slow a company down, and offers up some creative ways to achieve more by keeping lean. With Essam’s leadership here at Aspire, we’ve taken th...

CEO Blog: For a Better Pitch, Break a Few Rules
Posted by Scott Kreider on June 9, 2016

Aspire CEO Essam Abadir has heard a lot of pitches from startups looking for investment. Of course, many startups follow a formula for communicating all of the key points that appeal to investors, but to really stand out, Essam says, you need to know when and how to break the rules. In his latest blog post, Essam talks about his own experience...

Watch: Soft CGM Beta Wrap-Up
Posted by Aspire Ventures on June 8, 2016

Four weeks ago, we welcomed eleven users into the first Soft CGM beta for Tempo Health. If you're just tuning in, you can get more background on our diabetes management tool here. We had many goals for this particular beta, not the least of which was to put a potential product into the hands of users nationwide. In that respect, alone, we succeeded...

News from the CEO: Everyone Hates Platform Plays… Except their Own
Posted by Scott Kreider on June 2, 2016

Building and investing in platforms is not for everyone. It’s a challenging endeavor that can come with a lot of cost and often a long time to market. But a successful platform is well worth the risk. In a new blog post, Aspire CEO Essam Abadir recounts his past success with platforms, and explains why he’s continuing to build them. ...

Watch: Soft CGM Beta, Week 3
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 27, 2016

At Tempo Health we’re in the third week of our beta test, where 11 users are regularly using the Soft CGM diabetes management app. We’ve looked at some of the results from user data in the previous weeks, and our accuracy levels show great promise. We’re making great progress towards a non-invasive continuous glucose monitor powered solely by...

News from the CEO: AI’s Big Leap Forward is Personalization
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 27, 2016

Here at Aspire we’re always talking about the immense impact artificial intelligence will have on nearly every industry, especially healthcare. We also talk a lot about our AI technology, A2i—our propriety system that makes AI more adaptable and more personalized.When it comes to finding revolutionary uses for AI technology, we think A2i will b...

Physical Therapists, We Need Your Feedback!
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 26, 2016

Physical therapists in the Lancaster area, here’s your chance to see the future of physical therapy technology!If you're available tomorrow - Friday, May 27th - between 9:30AM-2:00PM, Aspire Ventures will be demonstrating a concept product, featuring gamified physical therapy delivered via mobile devices.This potential product integrates several ...

For Tempo Health, it’s About More than Just the Data
Posted by Marcus Grimm on May 25, 2016

We talk about data a lot at Aspire. And why not? It’s the fuel that A2i uses to produce better results for all of our ventures. Without data, we’ve got nothing.But it’s really important to realize that the data represents something much bigger. In the case of Tempo Health, it represents the lives of the people with diabetes. Being one of thos...

Healthcare is Ready for Tech Disruption
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 23, 2016

Technology has transformed nearly every industry—from retail, to transportation, to telecommunication—causing paradigm shifts that give consumers more power, more convenience, and lower costs. Yet the one industry that’s most central to our well-being remains stubbornly unchanged by technological progress. Healthcare, at it’s core, isn’t...

Watch: How Accurate is Soft CGM?
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 20, 2016

Over at Tempo Health, we’ve reached the mid-point of the Soft CGM beta. Eleven users in the US and Canada continue to use our app that we believe when complete will be a non-invasive continuous glucose monitor powered by the Internet of Things.The easiest way to think about Soft CGM is that it’s really two products in one. There’s the “app ...

Aspire CEO Essam Abadir Weighs In
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 20, 2016

If you’ve been following our blog at Aspire Ventures, you know we’re doing a lot of great things with exceptional technologies to help change the world. Now we’re excited to announce the latest addition to our newsroom that will give even more insight to our readers. Aspire CEO Essam Abadir has been burning the midnight oil. In a new CEO...

MedStatix Leading Conversation on Patient Satisfaction
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 16, 2016

MedStatix, an Aspire venture, was featured today on athenahealth's blog, CloudView, with a great post from MedStatix CEO Kim Ireland about the importance of measuring patient satisfaction. Asking patients for feedback and measuring satisfaction is a great starting point for building patient engagement, improving health outcomes, and ensu...

Watch: Soft CGM Beta Test Yields Promising New Data
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 13, 2016

Now that we’re well into the 2nd week of beta testing our Soft CGM application, we’re finally getting to see some new data from external users on the app’s performance; and for our developers and data scientists in the venture lab, it’s a little bit like Christmas morning. Following a month-long alpha test with internal users, 11 type 1 dia...

Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 10, 2016

In the national debate over how to improve healthcare in the U.S., experts often focus on topics like the rising costs of care, baffling pricing structures, or long wait times. But according to headlines last week, the consequences of healthcare’s shortcomings are far more serious than a long wait at the doctor’s office. A recent report pu...

Clio Health is Coming to Lancaster
Posted by Scott Kreider on May 5, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that Aspire’s Smart Health has taken a major step forward with their latest project: Clio Health of Lancaster. Last week, we closed on the Stockyards property in Lancaster City, PA, where we are planning to build the first Clio Health, a flagship facility designed to transform the patient experience through seamless in...

Mark Zuckerberg Thinks We Might Be On To Something
Posted by Marcus Grimm on May 5, 2016

Over at Forbes there's nice coverage of Mark Zuckerberg's recent speech hinting at the power of AI to transform healthcare. In addition, the article suggests that the market for AI powered solutions could reach $40 billion by 2020, and that this type of technology may power 50% of all apps.The article references a powerful dermatology solutions cal...

Soft CGM Alpha Results
Posted by Marcus Grimm on April 28, 2016

Over the past month, Soft CGM has been in Alpha mode. There are many ways to define what that actually means. At Aspire, we describe it as a fully functioning product used by internal users.In the case of Soft CGM, there have been three of us: myself, Neal Landis (developer for MedStatix and a Type 1 diabetic), and Tom Rogers, Chief Software Archit...

Teaching Students How to Concept Sprint
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 27, 2016

When it comes to developing useful solutions for real world problems, learning is always at the heart of innovation. Last week there were lessons for everyone, including the Aspire team, when students from Hempfield High School’s gifted program visited Aspire’s venture lab in Lancaster on Friday, April 22.Students from grades 9 through 12 ...

Machine Learning Outperforming Humans in Cancer Surveillance
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 22, 2016

For machine learning experts, it’s an exciting time to be in the field. As the technology matures and becomes more affordable and more accessible, its number of uses and possible applications are growing exponentially.At Aspire Ventures, we’ve been anticipating this moment, as we’ve been developing and deploying our own machine learning tools...

Tempo Health Helps Kids Guess Patric’s Blood Sugar
Posted by Marcus Grimm on April 21, 2016

With the mission of Tempo Health being all about the creation of "personalized" treatments for diabetes, we're very much looking forward to joining the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) April 30th for their Living Well With Diabetes event. Attended by hundreds of T1's and their families, I had the pleasure of keynoting this e...

The IoT Tsunami
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 15, 2016

Market forecasters don’t always get it right, but when they’re predicting a tsunami to the tune of $1.9 trillion in size, it’s probably time to start listening. That’s the case for the Internet of Things industry, which research analysts are predicting to grow by vast amounts over the next five years. Gartner Research predicts it to be wor...

Fitness Trackers in the Emergency Room
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 13, 2016

Your wearable fitness tracker isn’t just a novelty to help you set fitness goals, it’s an early iteration of an affordable technology that may someday save your life.In fact, doctors are already finding potential life-saving uses for fitness trackers in the emergency room. In the first case of it’s kind, doctors used Fitbit data to choose th...

The Growing Mobile Security Dilemma
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 8, 2016

The recent battle between Apple and the FBI over access to an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters has sparked a national debate. Suddenly data privacy, the reach of law enforcement, and mobile security have become major topics for media outlets, and rightly so.In the wake of those discussions, Facebook’s WhatsApp just annou...

Big Moves
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 5, 2016

When Google’s Artificial Intelligence program AlphaGo soundly defeated the Go world champion Lee Sedol four out of five games last month in Seoul, the world watched with wonder, astonished that the technology had grown up so quickly.For the Google DeepMind team, it was a major achievement. For the field of AI as a whole, it was a lightning bolt o...

Closing The Satisfaction Gap
Posted by Scott Kreider on April 1, 2016

Things are changing for the U.S. healthcare industry. The role of the patient is shifting to that of consumer, with more power to make healthcare choices than ever before. That means that providers need to spend more energy improving the patient experience to satisfy consumers’ expectations, capture efficiencies, and ultimately ensure their own s...

Introducing Soft CGM
Posted by Scott Kreider on March 30, 2016

WATCH: Inside Aspire Ventures we take a first look at Soft CGM, a new mobile app for diabetes management designed by Tempo Health that lets you monitor glucose levels without a continuous glucose monitor. Aspire's CMO Marcus Grimm walks us through some of the key features of the alpha version of the application. If you'd like to be a beta tester wi...

Tempo Health Opens Door to Diabetes Community
Posted by Scott Kreider on March 29, 2016

Developing innovative solutions for diabetes management takes intimate knowledge of patients’ needs and the challenges they struggle with every day.Earlier this month the Tempo Health team made early steps to engage the type one diabetes community at the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation’s Type One Nation Summit at Spooky Nook sports complex ...

Gadget Fatigue and Consumer Needs
Posted by Scott Kreider on March 23, 2016

The computer, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said, is like a bicycle for the mind. It’s an apt analogy, but as the number of computing devices explodes, consumers are beginning to wonder, just how many bicycles do we need?With the endless stream of innovations and iterations in hardware, consumers are beginning to get gadget fatigue, according ...

Consumer Medical Technology is Getting Serious
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on March 22, 2016

Consumer medical devices are starting to get serious. If you’ve had any doubts as to whether consumer technology would make significant inroads into the medical device market, look no further than the new FDA-approved Kardia Band—a medical-grade EKG band for Apple Watch developed by medtech startup AliveCor. The line between medical-grade techn...

Refining The Sprint
Posted by Cristal Perez on March 18, 2016

Developing a product takes a lot of time, resources, and understanding about what consumers need and want. Instead of going through the product development process from start to finish before understanding the market, at Aspire we use an iterative product development process to make incremental, but tested, progress. The iterative process includes...

Looking for DiaBETA Testers at the Type One Nation Summit
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on March 18, 2016

As Aspire’s Tempo Health gets closer and closer to a working beta version of a Soft CGM app that will allow diabetes patients to continuously monitor glucose without CGM hardware, we’re reaching out to the diabetes community to gain insights and to find beta testers for our technology. This weekend, we’ll be attending the Juvenile Diabetes Re...

HIMSS 2016 and What it Means for Healthcare IT
Posted by Aspire Ventures on March 16, 2016

There are a lot of interesting things happening in Healthcare IT today. And the best place to find out whats happening in this rapidly growing space is at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference. Aspire Venture MedStatix recently returned from the conference with new insights on where Healthcare IT is heading, and what ...

Thinning out the Herd
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on March 10, 2016

Things are changing for Venture Capital. The recent slowdown in the VC market is fueling some gloomy predictions for the future of startup funding. In fact, the number of U.S. Venture Capital firms have been shrinking for the past ten years. It appears that the traditional VC model is failing to deliver, but the down market may be th...

Join the Team
Posted by Aspire on March 8, 2016

Here at Aspire we're always on the lookout for top talent to join our quickly growing company. With a growing number of exciting projects in the works, our creative team has immediate openings as they expand to design more cutting edge brand campaigns, innovative websites for early-stage companies, and other creative content to help our ventures re...

iSchool
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on March 4, 2016

Using technology in schools to enrich educational experience is nothing new. Schools across the country have raced to adopt current technology resources that will prepare students for the future. But tech gurus building a school focused on technology-aided personalized learning in order to disrupt the entire educational system? Well, maybe that is ...

Future Computer
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on March 2, 2016

In the computing world, change is a constant. Moore’s law—the idea that processing speeds double about every two years—is for the most part holding up, and continual growth in computing power is leading to a new era that is just over the horizon. In an insightful arti cle on Medium, tech entrepreneur and investor Chris Dixon offers a com...

Home-Brewed Insulin and DIY Bionic Pancreases
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on February 26, 2016

For patients suffering from diabetes, managing the disease is a complicated undertaking. Keeping an ever watchful eye on blood glucose levels, carefully considering how every meal or physical activity will impact blood sugar, and knowing how much insulin to take, and when to take it, can be an overwhelming burden. Although insulin treatments and te...

The Power of Patient Feedback
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on February 20, 2016

In healthcare, the growing importance of patient engagement is gaining a lot of attention from journalists, healthcare providers, and other analysts in the industry. More and more experts are recognizing that when there’s more communication between the doctor and the patient, and the patient becomes actively engaged in their own healthcare, the r...

Introducing Clio Health
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on February 19, 2016

We’re pleased to announce our newest project today, Clio Health, which captured some local headlines at Lancaster Newspapers. Read LNP reporter Dan Nephin’s story here. Clio Health will be a healthcare innovation campus that will harness the best of emerging and existing healthcare technologies to transform how doctors and patients co-mana...

Put it to the Test
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on February 16, 2016

No startup is immune to getting carried away with excitement about their ideas, but when it comes to developing those ideas into a real world product, all too often startups forget to ground themselves by testing their assumptions first.In an interesting article from Y Combinator’s blog The Macro, author Yevgeniy Brikman argues that for...

Super Bowl Highlights New Media Trends, and Missed Opportunities for Advertisers
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on February 11, 2016

While brands spent vast sums of money kicking off advertising blitzes at the Super Bowl this year with $5 million TV ads and digital campaigns, new trends in media consumption reveal they may have missed some marketing opportunities.According to this article in Venture Beat, half of those watching sports content do so on a mobile device, PC, g...

Design Sprint Finish Line
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on January 30, 2016

Last week we finished a regimented, rapid prototyping process known as a Design Sprint, where we developed a concept, designed a product, built a conceptual prototype, and got customer feedback all within five days. The process culminated last Friday in a webinar when we unveiled what we had been working on all week to a focus group of diabetes pat...

Design Sprinting Towards New Soft CGM Technology
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on January 21, 2016

When it comes to solving a problem, humans aren’t always inclined to sprint directly towards it. But at Aspire Ventures, that’s exactly what we’re doing.If you’ve been following our blog, you know that the Aspire team has been supporting venture Tempo Health in their endeavor to leverage machine learning technology to help diabetes patients...

The Trendsetters
Posted by Marcus Grimm on January 9, 2016

Here at the Aspire Venture Lab we’re proud to support companies who are truly leading the way in their industries. We always knew Wylei was on the cutting edge with their innovative approach to digital marketing.  It’s only natural that a company specializing in predictive content would be a few steps ahead of the competition.The industry ...

Solving the Dilemma of Mobile App Security.
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on December 16, 2015

Mobile applications are becoming essential for any enterprise, but they are also a major security risk.Dealing with that risk on your own isn’t easy. It can take months of work to build your own security measures for mobile apps.  As demand for enterprise mobile apps explodes, vulnerabilities to security threats proliferate. In fact, accordi...

Aspire’s Optimizer
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on December 5, 2015

When it comes to machine learning, knowing how to get the most out of our computing power is essential for building efficient systems and useful products for market. Here at Aspire we’re proud to have an abundance of inventive minds and pioneering experts in optimization that know how to do just that.This week we’d like to give special recognit...

Aspire Model Competition Wrap-up: Here’s What We Learned
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on December 2, 2015

Aspire’s data modeling competition, The Battle at the Nostradome, is over. The results are in, the winners announced, and now we have new predictive models to incorporate into Tempo Health’s new mobile app, BGNow, that predicts glucose levels for diabetes patients.Beyond the useful predictive models that resulted from the contest, the four week...

Competition Inspires Progress for Aspire Teams Abroad
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on November 21, 2015

In the final two weeks of The Battle at the Nostradome—Aspire’s data modeling competition to predict glucose levels for diabetes patients—Aspire community members from abroad paid a visit to our Lancaster headquarters to get a little closer to the action.A few members of Team Minsk, from our offices in Minsk, Belarus (naturally), have been wo...

Aspire’s Rafael Alcaraz Named to Prestigious Henry Stewart editorial board
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on November 19, 2015

We’d like to congratulate our Chief Science and Analytics Officer Rafael Alcaraz for recently being named to the Henry Stewart’s Applied Marketing Analytics editorial board. As a member of the prestigious editorial board, Dr. Alcaraz will lend his expertise to peer-review published content alongside other big-name professionals and academics...

Aspire Tools Level the Playing Field in Competition
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on November 11, 2015

When you have the tools to quickly test any number of ideas for building a predictive model, new ideas from just about anyone can become valuable input. After two weeks of competition in the Battle at the Nostradome, the leading teams are finding that Aspire's machine learning tools like A2i and PRDXT allow people from a much wider variety of dis...

Webinar with Wylei and The Relevancy Group explains why A/B testing emails is for suckers
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on November 6, 2015

The future of email marketing is here, and we’re excited that Aspire venture Wylei is helping to lead the way. If you want to learn how Wylei’s innovative approach to email marketing is rendering classic tactics like A/B testing obsolete, join our Entrepreneur in Residence Mike Monteiro, CEO of Wylei, and Chris Marriot, VP of Consulting...

Aspire Community Advances Collective Resources with Competition
Posted by K. Scott Kreider on October 29, 2015

At the Aspire Venture Lab, collaboration is an important component to fostering big ideas. The power of collective effort is usually unmatched when it comes to affecting real change; and having a supportive network of brilliant machine learning experts and data scientists doesn’t hurt either. Earlier this month we decided to truly put the As...

Aspire Attorney Speaks on Avoiding Litigation
Posted by Marcus Grimm on June 26, 2015

Aspire Ventures attorney Todd Bartos was recently interviewed by leading industry publication General Surgery News about how physicians can best steer clear of malpractice trouble. In recent months, Todd has become a particularly valued voice within all of Aspire's ventures in the healthcare space. Click here to view the full video interview or her...

Tempo Health Completes First World Trial, Prepares for U.S. in June
Posted by Marcus Grimm on May 28, 2015

Working with renowned Dutch clinic, Diabeter, Tempo gathered a wide variety of data from patients of the clinic for use with their machine learning software. Tempo believes there are many applications for the data, with the highest use being to predict future blood sugars. Proving the models requires data. Hence, the trial with Diabeter.Tempo Healt...

Two Weeks – Two Investor Meetings
Posted by Marcus Grimm on May 22, 2015

Aspire Ventures was host to two separate investor meetings over the past week.Last week, we welcomed the Aspire investors to our Annual Investor Summit. For them, it served as an opportunity to get updates on the direction of the company, as well as learn about the recent performance of portfolio companies, appMobi, MedStatix, Wylei, Tempo Health a...

Music to Our Ears
Posted by Marcus Grimm on May 14, 2015

Who doesn't love a good looking piano? Today, we were thrilled to see the Aspire Ventures logoed piano wheeled just outside of our building on North Queen Street in Lancaster. This will be one of more than a dozen decorated pianos placed around the city all summer long as part of the Keys for the City Program put on by Music for Everyone. MedStatix...

MedStatix Year in Review
Posted by Aspire Ventures on January 6, 2015

It is always good to take a few minutes to reflect on the past year as we enter into the next. First, we at MedStatix would like to thank our great nationwide clients and reselling partners for the commitment to providing a higher quality of care by allowing their patients a voice in the care they receive. We have seen remarkable changes in ou...

Tempo Health Featured on WGAL News 8
Posted by Aspire Ventures on November 26, 2014

Regional news channel WGAL (Lancaster, PA) featured Tempo Health on the evening news on November 05, 2014, and focused on the innovation and impact this Aspire venture is making to the lives of Type 1 diabetic children, parents and doctors. News 8’s Mike Straub focused on Tempo’s work on wearables, doctor and parent information dashboards and t...

MedStatix, LLC, Welcomes POS® as a Featured Integration Partner on Its Patient Experience Survey Platform
Posted by Aspire Ventures on November 24, 2014

Lancaster, PA-based MedStatix, LLC (an Aspire venture) welcomes its newest integration partner, POS® Professional Office Services, who will resell MedStatix’s white labeled, cloud-based specialty-specific patient experience survey platform to its healthcare customers.MedStatix is a healthcare technology company with a mission of empowering patie...

New Diabetes Insights Through Biosensor Data
Posted by Aspire Ventures on October 9, 2014

Tempo Health and award-winning Dutch health clinic Diabeter are working together to retrieve and analyze biosensor data from young Type I Diabetes Mellitus patients. The resulting analysis of this high-level observational pilot should provide new insights and correlations between the various data, and provide the foundation for the creation of new ...

Aspire Ventures Hosts First Hackathon
Posted by Aspire Ventures on June 11, 2014

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the entire Aspire Ventures team will collaborate to build an MVP (Minimally Viable Product) in its first-ever Aspire Hackathon. Initiated by Aspire CTO Rosco Schock, the team will test the limits to see how much can truly be developed while learning from the processes and mistakes conducted within the workday. What is a...

Lower CoL with a Big Dose of Social Consciousness
Posted by Aspire Ventures on May 16, 2014

"Picture Silicon Valley, but with more seasoned inhabitants, a much lower cost of living and a big dose of social consciousness. That could be Lancaster if the visionary people at Aspire Ventures, LLC have their way." -- Heather Stauffer, Central Penn Business Journal. Aspire Ventures was featured in the Central Penn Business Journal on May 16, 201...