Doc On Demand: Meet the Uber for Pediatricians

In New York City, there’s not much you can’t have delivered to your doorstep on demand. Dinner, wine, limos, cleaners, chefs, barbers, dog walkers, drones… they’re all just an app click away if you live in the Big Apple. Add pediatricians to the list. Baby Doctor, a new doctor-on-demand application, delivers licensed pediatricians and nurse practitioners to parents’ front doors, day or night. The objective: No more wasted nights in an overcrowded emergency room with a sick child for routine ails like stomach bugs and minor coughs. The healthcare app connects parents with a doctor or nurse practitioner who specializes in treating infants and children in 60 minutes or less. “When you have a screaming child, you don’t have the luxury of waiting hours in an ER department until he or she feels better,” Shachar Golan, the startup’s CEO, said in an interview. Golan and his wife, Dr. Dania Rumbak, […]

Doc On Demand: Meet the Uber for Pediatricians

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Diversity: It’s More than a Feel-Good Buzzword

Companies that maintain a diverse workforce tend to outperform those who don’t, many studies have shown. In fact, diverse firms benefit not only from higher financial returns, but have more satisfied workers and attract better talent. Global consultancy group McKinsey & Co. quantified some of the benefits in a 2015 report that examined 366 companies from a range of industries. “In the United States, there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and better financial performance: for every 10 percent increase in racial and ethnic diversity on the senior-executive team, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rise 0.8 percent,” researchers found. Meanwhile, gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform non-gender-diverse firms, and ethnically diverse firms more likely to surpass their competitors by a staggering 35 percent, the same study found. The research isn’t being ignored by the private sector. Many U.S. companies are embracing diversity not […]

Diversity: It’s More than a Feel-Good Buzzword

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DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things: American history. The cheesesteak. Passionate sports fans. Rocky Balboa. This week, you can add the Democratic National Convention to the list. But it’s also quietly become a hot place for startups, with a flurry of new entrepreneurs, helped along by a strong sense of connectivity with major corporations and the city government. We learned this at that final stop on our tour of the rising startup economies, as part of the Innovation That Matters project with 1776. The visit to Philly came after stops in the “New South” with Raleigh and Atlanta, the West Coast with Los Angeles and Seattle, the Mountain West with Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Great Plains with Kansas City. Philadelphia, like other cities on our tour, has succeeded in making its economy more dynamic, more diverse, and more conducive to creating the jobs of the […]

DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

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How a Brooklyn Woman Shed Her Entrepreneurial Training Wheels

Independent bike shops have suffered through a notable decline over the years, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to Nechama Levy. She and her business partner, Joe Lawler, launched their full-service New York City shop, Bicycle Roots, in 2012, and they have been on a roll ever since. “There are people who just fall in love with bicycles, and I am one of them,” Levy said in a recent interview. “We plan to be in this location and serving the neighborhood for a long time.” Free Enterprise recently caught up with Levy, a former bicycle mechanic originally from Queens, NY, to chat about what makes independent bike shops special, how her shop competes with other stores, and her advice for fellow entrepreneurs. Why did you decide to open a bike shop? Most people who work in the bike industry don’t want to be an employee for their whole lives. […]

How a Brooklyn Woman Shed Her Entrepreneurial Training Wheels

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How Connectivity is Fueling Kansas City’s Growth

Some cities rely on great public transit, affordable housing, or some combination of loans, grants, and tax cuts to attract new businesses. Kansas City is trying something different: superior connectivity. Better broadband services and improved digital connectivity are crucial for business development, and recent improvements in both are turning this once flyover city into one of the country’s top innovation hubs. Kansas City’s journey to become a Silicon Valley for the heartland really took off in 2011, when Google selected it to be the first in the country to receive Fiber—a superfast broadband internet service that can deliver speeds up to 100 times faster than the national average. Google’s $300 million investment in the city created jobs for contractors and construction workers who built the system in the short term. But after Fiber went live, faster data speeds attracted dozens of startups from across the region and helped boost local […]

How Connectivity is Fueling Kansas City’s Growth

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D.C. just held the startup Olympics. The winning companies will blow you away

Next month in Rio, the world’s greatest athletes will gather to compete for the title of fastest runner and highest jumper, best swimmer and sharpest shooter. Recently, one group in D.C. held a rather similar global competition, only rather than looking for the world’s fastest or strongest, the group sought to find the most innovative. And for the third year running, the competition was as fierce and the competitors were inspiring. Based in the nation’s capital, 1776 only invests in companies that are tackling challenges in areas like education, energy and sustainability, health care, and transportation. Approximately six weeks ago, the incubator—which is also a longtime partner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—wrapped up its third annual global startup competition, called the Challenge Cup, in which the group seeks to identify the most impactful startup on Earth. During the challenge, new and early-stage companies from 54 cities competed in local […]

D.C. just held the startup Olympics. The winning companies will blow you away

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These Startups are Solving Some of The World’s Biggest Health Problems

From genetic sequencing to smart contact lenses, American startups are disrupting the healthcare industry both in the United States and around the world. What’s driving the recent boom in health-tech innovation? America’s aging population, healthcare reforms and more advanced, more affordable technology that makes it easier for digital health businesses to succeed are all part of the equation. As the Baby Boomers retire, healthcare spending in the U.S. is expected to increase 5.8 percent a year through 2025, at which time spending is projected to hit $5.6 trillion, close to double an estimated $3.2 trillion total in 2016, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the same time, the Affordable Care Act rewards more efficient medical care. Startups that manage to gain traction in the healthcare space will find themselves in a fast-growing industry that is hungry for new services that provide more efficient […]

These Startups are Solving Some of The World’s Biggest Health Problems

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Reversing the LeBron Effect: Cleveland Looks to Attract Young Talent

Cleveland is working to reduce its population exodus, luring young talent with a cocktail of affordable housing, heavy-duty renovations, and professional upward mobility.

Reversing the LeBron Effect: Cleveland Looks to Attract Young Talent

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