FemTech Focus Podcast

With Dr. Brittany Barreto

The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings femtech experts – including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders – on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products (collectively known as femtech) that are improving women’s health and wellness. The podcast gives our host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.

Oct 14, 2020

HITLAB's Women's Health Tech Challenge - Episode 54

On our first ever 3-way interview, we have Abby Stern and Savira Dargar from HITLAB. Abby was the Manager of the Women's Health Tech Initiative & Innovation Research & Evaluation and previously has a maternal and child health background with a Master's Public Health from Columbia University. Savira was the Deputy Director, Innovation Research, Strategy, & Compliance and the Director, Women’s Health Initiatives and has a clinical research background with a Master's degree in Health Policy & Economics from Cornell University. HITLAB is a research, advisory and educational organization focused in the digital health space and believe in the greater in academic research aiming to help people and startups in the community of digital health to gather the scientific knowledge needed to advance their technology. In this episode we discussed The Women's Health Tech Challenge, how public health relates to femtech and destigmatizing abortion. Check out HITLAB at hitlab.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Oct 12, 2020

Portfolia's 2nd Femtech fund & empowering womxn investors- Episode 53

Trish Costello is founder and CEO of Portfolia, which offers a radically different investing process designed for women and other emerging investors. She is also co-founder and CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, Center for Venture Education, the global educational institute preparing the leaders of the venture capital industry, located in Palo Alto, CA. Portfolia brings investing into the 21st Century, creating entrepreneurial funds focused where women make markets, such as women's health, active aging, consumer, enterprise, food & agtech, and fashion, tech and beauty. The investing experience is smart, personalized, and educational, providing returns and market impact customized to your interests. Portfolia is building a powerful global community of sophisticated investors focusing their money and influence to build the world they want. In this episode we discussed how Portfolia came to be, the first ever femtech-focused fund and how to empower more womxn to be investors. Check out Portfolia at www.portfolia.co and to sign up for early access to their FemTech II Fund check out info.portfolia.com/femtech-ii Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Oct 07, 2020

Hashiona pioneering the first ever app for Hashimoto's disease - Episode 52

Eva Galant is the founder of Hashiona, the first all-in-one app for Hashimoto patients. Hashimoto patients are 90% female. Eva is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded 3 startups and experienced a small exit for one of her companies. She founded Hashiona after her own personal struggle with hashimoto disease at her previous startup. Eva earned her Bachelor of Science from West Pomeranian University of Technology and her Masters in Investment Management from University of London. In this episode we discussed Hashimoto's disease and how autoimmune diseases work, women disproportionately affected by it and how it deeply affects every aspect of one's life. Check out Hashiona at www.hashiona.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Oct 05, 2020

Debunking the cranberry myth with Uqora - Episode 51

Jenna Ryan is the co-founder & CEO of Uqora, a urinary track health company that creates a range of products to support urinary track health for those fed up with heavy antibiotic rotations. Since 2017, Uqora has helped over 100,000 women get ahead of UTIs. Jenna graduated with a Bachelors of Art from UC Santa Barbara. In this episode Jenna shared her personal struggle with UTIs, we discussed the vaginal microbiome, debunking the cranberry myth and consequences of taking too much antibiotics to battle UTIs. Check out Uqora at www.uqora.com Rate, Review & Subsribe!

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Sep 30, 2020

"Connection" is the emotional food staple of life - Episode 50

Sheri Jacobs is the author of The Friendship Diet, a book about how women use food to cope with relationship troubles. She is a published, award-winning author, a certified and tenured NY teacher as well as a Texas certified teacher with ELA and ESL certification. She's also an active client of Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency in Houston, TX with an extensive background performing on stage and in commercials and film. Sheri earned her Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University and her Masters in English & Education from Stony Brook University. In this episode we got up close and personal with Sheri and I both opening up about their personal relationships and struggles with nutrition. We also discussed the correlation between unfilled relationships and self care, how loneliness is as dangerous as obesity and how you can "nourish" yourself. Check out Sheri's website at www.sheri-jacobs.com/book-bonus Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Sep 28, 2020

Wild.AI is Unleashing the Beast in Womxn - Episode 49

Helene Guillaume is the founder & CEO of Wild.AI, a training app designed for womxn that is building the largest knowledge base of female datasets, across all ages, life stages and ethnicities. Starting with their B2C app, serving their first cohort of womxn: kickass females doing sports. Helene holds an Master’s Degree in Finance & Financial Risk Management from Audiencia Nantes Ecole de Management and a MBA from Universidad ESAN. She previously had an extensive career in financial services and consulting from working at BNP Paribas, Bank of America to Deutsche Bank. Wild.AI has been featured on Forbes, Wired and backed by Entrepreneur First and The Refiners. Wild.AI was also named one of the Top 10 London-based advanced digital technology startups to watch in 2020 by Digital Catapult. We discussed nutritional imbalances, maximizing your training while taking into account your menstrual cycle and the importance of building up research on a diverse range of womxn. Check out Wild.AI at www.wild.ai Rate, review & subscribe!

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Sep 23, 2020

Oova, your personal fertility translator - Episode 48

Dr. Amy Divaraniya is the co-founder & CEO of OOVA, a fertility tracking kit that allows couples to measure, track and predict ovulation cycles from home. Dr. Divaraniya has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Genetics and Genomics from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In this episode we discussed how Oova works, the progesterone and luteinizing hormones and empowering women with their own fertility knowledge. Check out Oova at www.oova.life Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 21, 2020

What they don't tell you about postpartum with Cater to Mom - Episode 47

Marsha Stephanson is the founder & CEO of Cater to Mom, a monthly subscription box catered to the needs of moms during their fourth trimester, better known as postpartum. Their subscription boxes include monthly recovery essentials such as beauty or bath products, healthy snacks, books, self care tips and helpful postpartum care resources. Marsha is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a degreed HR professional, an entrepreneur and she earned her BA from Ashford University in Human Resources Management. Cater to Mom was featured on Stories of Austin for highlighted Austin Entrepreneurs and won first place at the FordFund Pitch Competition 2019. In this episode we discussed Marsha's own struggle with postpartum depression, PTSD and what parents need & can expect postpartum. Check out Cater to Mom at www.catertomom.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 16, 2020

Piloting Through Midlife with Terri Hanson Mead - Episode 46

Terri Hanson Mead is an experienced IT consultant, expert witness, angel investor, startup advisor, podcaster, YouTuber, and award-winning author of Piloting Your Life. Her award-winning book Piloting Your Life was written to embolden women over the age of 40 to take the controls and be the pilots in their own lives. Terri has spent over 20 years working in and with biotech, medical device, diagnostic and digital health companies on IT strategy, IT compliance, data integrity, and business/technology alignment to meet corporate objectives. She earned her BS & MBA from California Sate University-Hayward and also has a commercial pilot helicopter license. In this episode we discussed angel investing to expand the power and influence of women, how COVID-19 affects women and leveraging midlife as an opportunity, not a crisis. Check out Terri's website at www.terrihansonmead.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 14, 2020

Lingerie for the beautiful & the brave with Everviolet - Episode 45

Keira Kotler is the CEO & Founder of Everviolet, an adaptive lingerie company that designs with the changes in a woman’s body following treatment for breast cancer and other meaningful life events in mind. Their lingerie are not only comfortable and functional but are also beautiful pieces of intimate apparel. Keira is a creative at heart, with a MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and has previously worked as a marketing professional. On this episode, Keira shares her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, Everviolet's mission with sustainability and developing products that adapt to women's ever-changing needs. Keira & Everviolet have been featured on top media platforms such as, Business Insider, Forbes and Create & Cultivate. Check out Everviolet at www.everviolet.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 11, 2020

Meet Femtech Pioneer, Women of Wearables - Episode 45

Marija Butkovic is the Founder & CEO of Women of Wearables, a leading global organisation aiming to support, connect and mentor women and diverse groups in wearable tech, fashion tech, health tech and IoT with more than 20,000 members located across the globe. Marija is a digital marketing & business consultant and Forbes contributor who has worked across a range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, tech, IoT, wearable tech and fashion tech. She has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, The Next Web, Huffington Post, was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in UK tech, Top 100 Influencers on Gender Equality & Diversity and Top STEM Entrepreneurs by Onalytica. We discussed women-centered design, what are wearables and data privacy in women's health research. Check out Women of Wearables at www.womenofwearables.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 09, 2020

Women And Weed, with Colleen Fisher Tully- Episode 44

Colleen Fisher Tully is a freelance writer and editor. She writes content for magazine media, lifestyle websites, agencies and business clients (B2B and B2C). Her portfolio includes longform articles, web articles, ghostwriting, white papers, advertorial, blog posts, e-newsletters, landing pages, display copy, press releases, product descriptions and SEO. She has contributed numerous articles to Leafly with topics ranging from the history of cannabis in women's health to cannabis as medicine in ancient Egypt. We discussed the history of CBD in women's health, it's use for women's health, the current state of CBD use. Check out Colleen's CBD-related articles here: www.leafly.com/news/author/colleen-fisher-tully Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 07, 2020

Mira - The AI Fertility Tracker - Episode 43

Sylvia Kang is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mira, a women's health monitoring platform with that tracks cycles, predicts ovulation, monitors fetal health, measures ovarian reserve and detects menopause at home. Sylvia earned her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh, MS in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and MBA from the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management. She has extensive experience in P&L general management and has worked in product director roles in a Fortune 500 life science company. Mira's fertility racker is clinically validated with 99% accuracy and has won the Best Startup of CES 2018 by Tom’s Guide and Finalist company of 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield. We discussed all things hormones, the social stigma of infertility and when should people start tracking their fertility. Check out Mira by visiting www.miracare.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Sep 02, 2020

Pleasure with a Purpose with Lioness - Episode 42

Liz Klinger is the Co-Founder & CEO of Lioness, a sexual health & wellness startup home to the Lioness Smart Vibrator, the first and only vibrator to improve orgasms through biofeedback and data. The Lioness Smart Vibrator was developed from over half a decade of research and development with sex researchers, doctors and analyzing 50,000+ orgasms. It has also won multiple Best of awards at CES, the Women's Health Innovation Spotlight, and was a finalist for Last Gadget Standing. Liz graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and previously worked in the finance and sex toy industry prior to starting Lioness. We discussed improving orgasms through biofeedback and data, whether sextech is considered femtech and the life-sized vulva sculptures. Check out Lioness by visiting www.lioness.io Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 31, 2020

KindBody & Fertility for All - Episode 41

Dr. Fahimeh Sasan the founding OB/GYN of Kinbody, a fertility & family-building clinic that is making it more accessible, intuitive, and empowering – for all. They serve patients and employers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and nationally online and through their partner clinics. Dr. Sasan completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and has been practicing and delivering clinical excellence for 12 years. She was rated one of NY Times Top Doctors in 2016 and 2017 and is passionate about helping women better understand their fertility and their options for the future. We discussed why employers should care about fertility benefits, transparency in healthcare and supporting the LGBTQ community's family needs. Check out Kindbody by visiting www.kindbody.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 28, 2020

BONUS #5 - Future of Femtech's Wellness & Self Care Summit

Christina Vanvuren is the Founder & CEO of Future of Femtech, a lifestyle wellness community for women’s health and femtech leaders. Christina is a mother, Navy veteran, and crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line. She is currently studying for a trauma-informed yoga instructor certification, as well as completing an intensive leadership program through Co-Active Training Institute. We discussed pivoting during COVID-19, the Wellness & Self-Care Summit and womxn's mental health. Check out Future of Femtech by visiting www.futureoffemtech.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 26, 2020

Hela Health the one stop shop for women's benefits - Episode 40

Cathy Sebag is the CEO & Co-Founder of Hela Health, the one-stop-shop for employee health & wellness that allows users and their family to choose their own tools to manage their care. Ranging from hundreds of teleconsultation platforms, apps, wearables, products and services, Hela Health features some other well-known femtech brands such as Elvie, Pearl, Joylux, Twentyeight Health and more! Everything that can be found on Hela Health has gone through a rigorous review process by Hela's medical board from the Harvard School of Medicine, Beth Israel and Genesis Fertility. Cathy obtained her Bachelor's degree from George Washington University in International Development and previously. On this episode we discussed women's willingness to spend money on their health & wellness, access to healthcare and why should employers care about women's health. Check out Hela Health by visiting www.helahealth.io Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 24, 2020

Tickle.life, the ultimate sexual discovery ecosystem - Episode 39

Shakun Sethi is the CEO & Founder of Tickle.life, a community based online discovery platform and marketplace which is a one-stop-shop for sexual wellness content, products and services. Their platform has over 300 sex therapists, sex-positive groups, coaches and sex-perts. Prior to Tickle.life, Shakun founded Dizuna Communications, a crisis communication startup. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology & English Literature from Jammu University & Master's degree in International Communications from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. On this episode we discussed the stigma around sexual discovery, sex positivity and the sextech industry. Check out Tickle.life by visiting www.tickle.life Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 21, 2020

BONUS #4 - LactApp, el experto en lactación en tu bolsillo!

Maria Berruezo es la cofundadora de LactApp Women's Health con sede en Barcelona, ​​España. LactApp, la primera aplicación dedicada a la lactancia y la maternidad con consultas individuales con especialistas sin la molestia de visitas en persona o largos períodos de incertidumbre. LactApp tiene 40,000 usuarios mensuales y responde a más de 90,000 preguntas cada semana y fue seleccionada por Apple como una de las 10 empresas dirigidas por mujeres en el mundo para su Campamento de Emprendedores de Apple. María es consultora certificada en lactancia desde 2012 y tiene una maestría en Gestión del Conocimiento y una Licenciatura en Publicidad y Comunicación de Relaciones Públicas. Hablamos sobre cómo funciona LactApp, la baja por maternidad en España y la educación en lactancia. Echa un vistazo a LactApp visitando www.lactapp.com ¡Califica, revisa y suscríbete! Title translation: LactApp, the breastfeeding expert in your pocket! Maria Berruezo is the Co-Founder of LactApp Women's Health based in Barcelona, Spain. LactApp the first app dedicated to breastfeeding & motherhood with one-on-one consultation with specialists without the hassle of in-person visits or long periods of uncertainty. LactApp has 40,000 monthly users and responds to over 90,000 questions each week and was selected by Apple as one of 10 female-led companies in the world for their Apple Entrepreneur Camp. Maria is a certified lactation consultant since 2012 and has a Master’s Degree in Knowledge Management & Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising & PR Communication. We discussed how LactApp works, maternity leave in Spain and lactation education. Check out LactApp by visiting www.lactapp.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 19, 2020

WellFemme is breaking barriers with Menopause Telehealth- Episode 38

Dr. Kelly Teagle is the Founder & CEO of WellFemme, a Telehealth service provided by female General Practitioners who specialize in menopause and midlife care. They provide evidence-based menopause information, advice and treatment in collaboration with our clients’ usual General Practitioners. She graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2001 and worked in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Medical Officer until 2010. As a civilian GP she gained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and developed her interest in women’s medicine with a Graduate Diploma of Women’s Health, further studies in reproductive and sexual health and surgical assisting. On this episode we discussed the barriers in telehealth for women in Australia, educating on menopause, cultural differences in menopause and the goal of building a global pipeline for access to women's health services & products. Check out WellFemme by visiting www.wellfemme.com.au Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 17, 2020

The HabitAware story, from Hiding to Healing - Episode 37

Aneela Idnani is the Co-Founder of HabitAware. Through HabitAware, Keen was invented. It is a smart bracelet that uses gesture detection technology to bring awareness to hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking and nail biting disorders. These disorders are part of an umbrella term called Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB). HabitAware aims to spread awareness of these behaviors and empowering people to “Retrain The Brain” with healthier coping mechanisms. She’s spoken at TEDxFargo and been named a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 under 40. Aneela graduated from Binghamton University School of Management in Accounting and also the Miami Ad School. On this episode we discussed Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB), Aneela's personal journey with trichotillomania and the diverse spectrum of mental health. Check out HabitAware by visiting www.habitaware.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 12, 2020

Calling all Femtech investors! with Portfolia - Episode 36

Chantell Preston is a serial entrepreneur, femtech founder & an active investor. She is a lead partner in the Portfolia Active Aging & Longevity fund and has over 20 years of healthcare operations & management. Within her extensive experience in the healthcare industry, she has successfully founded & exited several healthcare companies. On this episode we discussed how healthcare management relates to women's health, how women make 80% of all the healthcare decisions in their household (in the U.S.) & current investing trends. Check out Portfolia by visiting www.portfolia.co Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 10, 2020

Step into the pleasure portal with Dirty Lola - Episode 35

Dirty Lola is the Founder & CEO of Sex Ed A Go Go, a sex Q&A and variety show. It's hosted live in New York City featuring burlesque and go-go dancers to liven up the mood. Dirty Lola is a huge advocate for sex positivity and has a vast experience being a performer and sex educator. She's spent the last 6 years working to end the stigma, shame & lack of accessible sex education. During my interview with Dirty Lola we discussed the female orgasm, pubic hair, butt play and how these relate to women's health & wellness. Check out Sex Ed A Go Go at www.sexedagogo.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Aug 05, 2020

The Google of women's health, Hertility Health - Episode 34

Dr. Helen O'Neill currently serves as the Founder & CEO of Hertility Health while also being the Programme Director, Reproductive Science and Women's Health at University College London and Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics. Hertility Health is creating an easier way for women to get personalised insights into their digital biological clock, whenever they need it. Their Hertility Health Test is a proactive hormone test that gives insights into egg count, ovulation and how general health might be impacting reproductive biology. She was selected for 10W London- "Highlighting Impressive Women Leaders around the World" and one of the Top Twenty in Data and Technology in the United Kingdom by Women in Data UK. She's also appeared on BBC News and spoken at The Royal Society. We discussed egg freezing, biometrics and my personal favorite topic: genetics! Check out Hertility Health at www.hertilityhealth.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!"

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Aug 03, 2020

Springboard Enterprise supporting Femtech innovation - Episode 33

Kristen Comer is a program manager at Springboard Enterprises who carries out their signature accelerator programs, focusing on the Tech and Health Innovation Hubs. Springboard's mission is to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of experts. Since 2000, over 800 Springboard portfolio companies seeking financial and human capital for product development and expansion have created over $20B in value, are revenue generators and job creators. With 200 exits to strategic acquirers and 20 IPOs, Springboard Entrepreneurs are transforming industries. Kristen holds a BA in Psychology and Dance from University of California, Santa Barbara. She also obtained her MSc in Management from Lund University School of Economics and Management in Lund, Sweden. We discussed the changing the narrative of looking at women's hollistic health, the women's health coalition and what is considered "Femtech". Check out the Women's Health Coalition at www.womens.health Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Jul 29, 2020

Taking a pulse on Femtech Trends - Episode 32

Dr. Alice Zheng is a women's health practice leader at McKinsey in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device and Global Public Health practices. She leads women’s health efforts at the Firm, including internal research on industry sub-segments such as FemTech and pharma. Previous to McKinsey, she worked in women’s health as a clinician and also as a public health practitioner in reproductive health in East Africa and Asia. Alice holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and MD/MPH from the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health. We discussed the definition of women’s health, what needs innovating in various women’s health sectors & femtech trends. Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Jul 27, 2020

Stress does not equal Success, with Bask + Being - Episode 31

Brionna Ned is the Co-Founder & Lead Facilitator of Bask + Being, a mental health startup on a mission to reduce workplace stress, anxiety & burnout. She co-founded Bask + Being to help others and organizations understand and remove the institutional barriers to employee success and well-being. Prior to Bask + Being, Brionna received her MA & BA from Stanford Sociology with a focus on Organizational Behavior & International Relations, respectively, and her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas. She has prior experience in big law, intellectual property and has served as in-house counsel. We discussed the elusive "work-life balance", how stress manifests in your body and self care vs productivity. Check out Bask + Being at www.baskandbeing.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Jul 22, 2020

Perinatal Access - bridging the gap to pregnancy care - Episode 30

Greg Linton is the founder & CEO of Perinatal Access, a cloud-based digital health platform that leverages telemedicine and live ultrasound streaming to enable OB/GYN physicians and other specialists in the Obstetric space to be more effective. Greg was inspired to start Perinatal Access by his past 9 years working in the high-risk obstetrics business and he and his wife’s personal experience with the premature birth of their twin sons. Greg believes Perinatal Access will help healthcare facilities offer high-value specialist care to mothers despite projected OB/GYN shortages and dwindling access to rural maternal care. We discussed access to maternal care, high risk pregnancies & telehealth during COVID-19. Check out Perinatal Access at www.perinatalaccess.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Jul 20, 2020

"Clean up in aisle V" with Come & Gone - Episode 29

Frances Tang is the founder & CEO of Awkward Essentials, the parent company of her first product, Come&Gone. Come&Gone is a post-sex clean-up tool which is made of super soft, sterile, medical grade sponge that quickly soaks up all the excess fluids so you can go on with your day/night. Frances's product has been featured in various media channels such as the Huffington Post UK, Daily Mail, The New York Post and the Cosmopolitan. Frances graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of California San Diego. We discussed peeing after sex, cleaning the vagina and breaking the stigma around sex. Check out Come & Gone at www.comeandgone.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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Jul 15, 2020

Femtech FOMO with Portfolia - Episode 28

Dr. Faz Bashi, M.D is the lead investor at the Portfolia Femtech Fund and is also one of Femtech Focus's advisors. One of their investment funds, The Portfolia FemTech Fund, focuses on emerging technologies, products and services improving women’s health and wellness. From fertility solutions to menopausal care and overall fitness, the fund will invest in high-potential opportunities that can be both profitable and grant women greater health and wellness. Faz has a background in Immunology and Virology from UCSF and was one of the early investors who was actively investing in Femtech before the industry rose in popularity. We discussed the investments that Portfolia has made in different Femtech companies, what Femtech investors are looking for and the importance of your network. In this episode Dr. Brittany Barreto announces some exciting new launches for Femtech Focus! Hint: We want to help YOU fundraise your Femtech startup. Check out Portfolia at www.portfolia.co Rate, Review, and Subscribe!

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