HealthTap is supported by world-class investors, advisors, and experienced company builders who have helped create,
develop, and direct some of the most successful companies of our day.
When revolutionary startups need bold advice, active coaching, and honest feedback, they go to Keith Rabois. Keith began his career as a senior executive at PayPal, subsequently serving on the leadership teams at LinkedIn and at Square, as the company's Chief Operating Officer. As a Board member, he guided Yelp! and Xoom from their first year of inception through successful IPOs, while simultaneously investing in other like-minded entrepreneurs. Keith is an early investor in YouTube, Yammer, Palantir, AirBnB, Eventbrite, and other successful Silicon Valley startups.
Bill Ericson has been working with startups his entire career as a founder, key advisor, counselor and investor. He believes that entrepreneurship drives the American economy, and that the best venture capitalists see their role as supporting and challenging entrepreneurs to their best performance. Bill’s current investment focus is the big data revolution that is driving the commercial, consumer media, and healthcare worlds. Bill serves on the Board of Northwestern University School of Law and received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University of Foreign Service and J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
MDV has over $1.4 billion under management and partners with entrepreneurs to architect and build successful companies. MDV invests in businesses that address significant challenges and opportunities, including personalizing medicine. MDV-funded companies that have gone public or been acquired include: Agile; Broadbase (KANA); Brocade; Epigram (BRCM); FormFactor (FORM); Freshwater Software (MERQ); Ipsilon Networks (NOK); Kalpana (CSCO); Numerical Technologies (SNPS); ONI Systems (CIEN); Pivotal Technologies (BRCM); Rambus; Vantive; Vitesse; and Zip2 (AltaVista).
Tim Chang is the Managing Director of the Mayfield Fund. Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He was named on the 2011 Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Dealmakers and was featured by The Deal as one of five emerging VCs to watch. Tim invests in the mobile, gaming, digital media, and enterprise applications sectors. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Tim spent five years as a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and prior to Norwest, Tim worked for Gabriel Venture Partners, and as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures. Currently, Tim serves on the advisory boards of the Verizon 4G Venture Forum, Gamestop Corporation, Yoshimoto Kogyo, the Silicon Valley Telecom Council, MIT/Stanford VLAB, CasualConnect, and GamesBeat/MobileBeat. Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an M.S. and B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Mayfield is a global venture capital firm with over $2.6 billion under management and a 45-year history of championing entrepreneurs. Mayfield invests primarily in early-stage consumer and enterprise-facing IT companies. Since its founding in 1969, the firm has invested in more than 500 companies, resulting in over 110 IPOs and more than 150 mergers or acquisitions. For more information, visit www.mayfield.com
Eric Schmidt is Executive Chairman of Google and the founder of Innovation Endeavors. Since joining Google in 2001, he has helped grow it from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. From 2001 to 2011, Eric served as Google's Chief Executive Officer, overseeing its technical and business strategy. Eric joined Google from Novell, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from April 1997 to July 2001 and as Chairman. Prior to Novel, he held various positions at Sun Microsystems, including serving as Chief Technology Officer and as Corporate Executive Officer. Before joining Sun in 1983, Eric served as a Member of the Research staff at the Computer Science Lab of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell Laboratories and ZiLOG. Eric has also served as the Chairman of the New America Foundation, Google, Novel, and InSight Venture Partners, and as a Director of Google, Apple, and Seibel Systems. Eric is also a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister's Advisory Council in the U.K. Eric has Bachelor of Science and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley.
Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a leading venture capital firm focusing on large problems amenable to technological solutions, with an particular interest in mobile technologies. Khosla Ventures pursues both for-profit and for social impact investments. Prior to founding Khosla Ventures, he was the co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems, where he pioneered open systems, and was a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he continues to serve as a Partner Emeritus. Vinod has a passion for nascent technologies that can have a beneficial effect and economic impact on society, and as an investor he seeks to make a difference by helping to build companies that drive positive change by leveraging innovation.
Mark Leslie is the managing director of Leslie Ventures and a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, Mark was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. His board seats have included VMWare, Avaya, and NetApp, and he is the Chairman of the New York University Science Advisory Board.
Esther Dyson (EDventure) is one of the world's most renowned and accomplished angel investors and advisors. Her board seats include: 23andMe, Boxbe, Eventful, Evernote, Meetup, NewspaperDirect, and Yandex (Russia). Her investments (and acquiring companies) include: Flickr and Del.icio.us (Yahoo!), BrightMail (Symantec), Orbitz (Cendant), Medstory and Powerset (Microsoft), Plazes (Nokia), and Tacit (Oracle).
Aaron Patzer is the Founder and CEO of Mint.com (acquired by Inuit) and a Vice President and General Manager of Inuit's Personal Finance group. Prior to founding Mint, Aaron was an Architect and Technical Lead for Nascentric, worked for IBM, and founded two web development and online marketing companies.
Gil Penchina was previously the CEO of web hosting service Wikia (co-founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales). Previously, Gil served as eBay's Vice President and General Manager (International) and Vice President of International Expansion. Gil's investments include: PayPal, Linkedin, Become.com, Evite, and Flock.
William C. Kessinger
Will is the co-founder and a primary investor of Vformation, LLC, and the Chief Investment Officer of Parthenon Capital, a $1.8 billion middle-market private equity firm. Previously, Will was a Partner of GTCR Golder Rauner, a $4 billion private equity firm.
Dave is the founder and Managing Director of Tugboat Ventures. Dave has also served as an Associate Partner of Kleiner Perkins, a Managing Director of TPG Ventures, and as a co-founding board member of Newschools Venture Fund. Dave was also the CEO and on the board of Good Technology (acquired by Motorola) and co-founded Drugstore.com.
Sonja Perkins is the Managing Director of Menlo Ventures, where she focuses on Internet, communications, and software. Her investments and board seats include: Socialcast (VMware), Acme Packet (APKT), AssureNet Pathways (Symantic), Eloquent (ELO1), F5 Networks (FFIV), Solidcore (McAfee), and Vermeer Technologies (Microsoft). She serves as a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC).
Joe is a co-founder (with Peter Thiel) of Palantir Technologies, which develops mission-critical analysis systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. Joe is also the CEO of Addepar, a leading private wealth management technology company, and is the President of early-stage venture investing firm Anduin.
Andrew K. Boszhardt Jr.
Andy is the Founder, President, and Managing Partner at Great Oaks Capital Management. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Neuberger-Bermanhas. He also served as the CEO of Oscar Capital Management, and was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Andrew has also served as a Director at Knowledge Mechanics Group, and XBOX Technologies.
Karl A. Jacob
Karl is the CEO and Founder of Coveroo. Previously, he was the CEO of Cloudmark, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital, and founded and built companies including Dimension X (acquired by Microsoft) and Keen (Ingenio) (acquired by AT&T). He has been named one of BusinessWeek's "top ten up-and-comers,” and was an early advisor to Facebook.
Dr. Bernardo A. Huberman
Bernardo directs Hewlett-Packard's Social Computing Lab, is a Senior HP Fellow, and serves on the faculty of Stanford University. Bernardo's work focuses on enhancing privacy and trust in e-commerce, discovering and aggregating information in distributed systems, and understanding large network information dynamics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mari is the CEO of online and social gaming company PlayFirst, and a Trustee Emeritus at Stanford University. Previously, Mari was the CEO of Navigenics, President of BabyCenter, a Senior Vice President of Intuit, and an Executive in Residence at Kleiner Perkins. Her board seats have included Navigenics and Cozi Group.
Noam is a vice president of engineering in the Corporate R&D division of Qualcomm, where he works with Qualcomm's Health and Life Sciences group on developing technologies and strategies to successfully engage Qualcomm in healthcare. He also serves as a technical advisor on Qualcomm programs including peer-to-peer technologies. Noam has been granted more than 20 patents.
Emily Melton has served as a partner at Mayfield Fund and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where she helped build each firm's consumer investment portfolio. She has served on the boards of NearbyNow, RedFin, and ShareThis, and was responsible for investments in Alphonso Labs, Meebo, Kudo (Google), RichRelevance, and Flux (MTVNetworks).
Skip is a Partner with Asset Management Company, where he invests in mobility, datacenter, and health science technology sectors. He has founded two startups, and has extensive experience in operational experience in software, visual systems, and government sales. He also serves on the board of the Johnson Foundation.
Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron's dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box's product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase. Aaron studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.
Greg Badros is the Vice President of Engineering & Products at Facebook. Previously, Badros was a Senior Director of Engineering at Google, responsible for Gmail, Calendar, Reader, Orkut, etc. from 2007 to 2009, and responsible for Ads (focusing on AdSense) from 2004 to 2007.
Luc builds and grows teams, leads innovative Web products and optimizes SEO, SEM, and viral to scale online businesses to reach millions of customers. When he was 21, Luc founded www.travelpod.com, the world’s first travel blogging platform, which was later acquired by TripAdvisor/Expedia. As general manager at Expedia and then at TripAdvisor, Luc led the creation of two award-winning products: TripWow (“WebAward for Outstanding Achievement”—Web Marketing Association) and the Traveler IQ Challenge (Excellence in Social Media – CNMA). Today, he manages a top-notch team of analysts and engineers as VP of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) at TripAdvisor. He's the general manager for several TripAdvisor products like TripWow, the Traveler IQ Challenge, and TravelPod, which was named by PC Magazine as a “Top 100 site you can’t live without”. In addition to advising for HealthTap, Luc also acts as an advisor for several other incubators and high-growth startups, including FounderFuel and BusBud.
Alex is the VP of Growth at Facebook and manages user acquisition and retention, helping drive mobile adoption, self-service advertiser/page admin acquisition, and helping drive other product adoption as required. The channels he uses tend to be: SEO/SEM, email/sms/push notification marketing and onsite merchandising. Alex also manages the internationalization team at Facebook. Prior to Facebook in 2007, Alex spent three years at eBay in email marketing. Alex holds an MSc degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge.
What our investors have to say
In its current state, our healthcare system is expensive, difficult to access, and error prone. On the brink of a massive reform in healthcare, dedicated, bright entrepreneurs and technologists can bring a great deal to the table by developing creative, forward thinking solutions that leverage health care professionals. HealthTap is at the forefront of this development, improving patient care by creating quick, easy, and affordable access to doctors everywhere. The future of healthcare is at the confluence of big data, smart algorithms, and simple-to-use interfaces that will provide amplification of our MD's resources: HealthTap is breaking ground in all three, and we're excited to help them make their compelling vision a transformative reality.
Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures
Everyone will soon become the CEO of their own health. HealthTap, with its phenomenal growth in combination with its unique technology, has the potential to become the triaging platform for everyone's health. I am excited to work with the HealthTap team as the company scales to provide people with unparalleled immediate access to the most trusted medical knowledge, doctors, and health services.
Keith Rabois at Khosla Ventures
HealthTap has the opportunity to touch everyone on the planet and to become a great enterprise—maximizing both social and economic value. It delivers value for patients, who will gain unprecedented access to doctors; value for doctors, who can treat more people more easily and cost-effectively; and value for society, which has been searching for a long time for a way to solve the healthcare dilemma of rising costs and an aging population. And given its unique and imaginative business model HealthTap is poised to become one of the most profitable businesses in the world. It’s a real game changer.
Mark Leslie at Leslie Ventures
HealthTap embodies the powerful consumer Internet trend of moving high-value mainstream offline experiences, such as doctor-patient interactions, to the online world. The company leverages the three key innovation drivers that I'm most excited about: mobile apps that enable new kinds of rich, personalized interactions via smartphone and tablet; gamification that enhances user engagement and retention; and social mechanics, such as expert-based Q&A and reputation graphs, that facilitate deep interest and trust. It's this kind of fresh thinking that will accelerate the “consumerization” of healthcare, and re-invigorate an extremely important and valuable industry that has been behind the IT curve and mired in inefficiency for decades.
Tim Chang, Managing Director at Mayfield Fund
HealthTap is helping define the new field of “Interactive Health”—the sector that is moving consumer health information to new platforms, like smartphones and tablets, to provide portability and immediate access to actionable information. Consumers and physicians are increasingly joining the online conversation, and interactive health deserves the close attention of the investment community. HealthTap demonstrates the potential of this emerging space.
Bill Ericson, General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures
HealthTap's approach is brilliant. It delivers what people miss about medicine most: a highly engaging personalized experience, with trusted doctors sharing helpful information.
Mari Baker, Investor, Board of Trustees of Stanford University
I tend to [invest in] things that are e-commerce, like healthcare. Things that are actually more complex to do and solving a real problem in a big market where there's nobody else doing what HealthTap is doing. What HealthTap is doing is revolutionary.
Aaron Patzer, Founder Mint.com