Ideas about Health Start-ups

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:25 AM on August 20, 2012:

I am part of a new start-up whose product is a behavioral health software platform.  Unlike other entrepreneurial software ventures where a Minimum Viable Product might do, having a great idea for health care software isn't enough to take it to market.

To prove health care products work and do no harm - from medications, to medical devices, to mobile apps - requires clinical trials.  (I use "clinical trials" as an umbrella research term to include clinical studies, field studies, pilot studies, etc.) Clinical trials require people.  Since start-ups usually don't have, or have access to, lots of people, that means a health care start-up needs to partner with an organization with lots of people. In addition to lots of people, organizations have lots of policies.

I am in the process of following lots of policies. 

Demonstration photos are better with cats in them.People are human and, therefore, subject to protection as human research subjects.  My first compliance task was to apply as an independent researcher to take an online course from The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  According to CITI's site, "As of May 2010, the CITI Program is used by over 1130 participating institutions and facilities from around the world.  Over 1,300,000 people have registered and completed a CITI course since September 2000."

After a month of emails, phone calls and snail mail to receive access to the software, then after what I estimate to be about 80 hours to take and pass the human research course, I am now one of those over 1 million CITI course grads. 

I have thought often of the two most important lessons Bob Pack says he has learned about business:  "It will cost more than you thought. It will take longer than you thought."

I can't find the source, but I read something like this within the last six months:  "Asking an entrepreneur for time is like asking him for blood."

The CITI course was excellent in the way the best courses are - I gained knowledge and my world view was broadened.  The course should be a prerequisite for conducting human subjects research.  But it took a lot of time...

The next requirement for conducting a clinical trial is to submit an application to an organization's Institutitional Review Board (IRB).  When I see a Word doc application, I assume that my long-cultivated, happy, skilled process will kick in and I will just start writing.  However, I had no idea of the depth of thinking, concentration and research, and the synthesis of information, knowledge, ideas and concepts that would be required to complete an IRB application.

Two months later, I am almost finished with my part of writing the IRB application.  Like the CITI course, the IRB application process is excellent.  Our study's research design and its attentiveness to the people involved is profoundly better as a result of having addressed the IRB application's requirements.  But the Bob Pack Theorem applies:  It has cost more in personal resources and time than I ever could have imagined.

Handshake 2.0 is headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech, and I felt immediate empathy and respect for those conducting this research at Virginia Tech when I read, "This study is approved by the VA Tech IRB."  Wow, I have an idea of what that took. Awesome. 

Photo shows where I have worn the paint off my laptop's touchpad typing IRB applications, posts for Handshake 2.0, Facebook updates about my cats, and other important content.

VT KnowledgeWorks Members to Serve as Startup Weekend Mentors

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 8:30 AM on August 8, 2012:

Leaders of VT KnowledgeWorks member companies Handshake Media, Incorporated and Interactive Achievement, INC will serve as mentors at Startup Weekend Blacksburg, scheduled for September 14-16, 2012, at the offices of Rackspace in Blackburg, Virginia, USA.

Here are screenshots of their bios from the Startup Weekend Blacksburg site:

Anne Giles Clelland, President & CEO, Handshake Media

Anne Giles Clelland - Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Jonathan Hagmaier, Chairman & CEO, Interactive Achievement

Jonathan Hagmaier - Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Richard Hammer, Vice President of Technology, Interactive Achievement

Richard Hammer - Startup Weekend Blacksburg

VT KnowledgeWorks is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

10 Facts About Handshake 2.0

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 9:21 AM on July 26, 2012:

Handshake 2.0 is a business news site publishing business expertise, company news and corporate profiles.  Serving established companies and corporations, start-ups and entrepreneurs, Handshake 2.0 offers national and global reach for a company's ideas and innovations, products and services, news and knowledge.  Handshake 2.0’s clients have the opportunity to be of service to those seeking answers to questions and solutions to problems through Handshake 2.0’s readership, social media channels, and appearance in search results. 

10 Facts about Handshake 2.01) Handshake 2.0 also:

  1. will celebrate 4 years in business on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
  2. is a global site, visited by people from more than 150 countries.
  3. is visited most by those using Google to seek what they find.
  4. has 1500+ posts, publishing an average of 365+ posts per year.
  5. has "evergreen" posts - even posts published during Handshake 2.0's inaugural year in 2008 are still among the top 50 posts with the most site traffic.
  6. is a registered trademark of Handshake Media, Incorporated.
  7. hosted the first Foursquare Swarm Badge Party in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA on June 1, 2010.
  8. has its own theme song on iTunes and its own music video.
  9. has its own mobile app.
  10. is home of the Parametric Hand Turkey.

10 Facts About Handshake Media

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 8:00 AM on May 22, 2012:

Handshake Media, Incorporated is a communications technology company specializing in public relations and mobile technologies to generate market awareness and market action for its business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients. Handshake Media creates both the method and the message to achieve meaningful connection and strategic results for corporations, organizations and enterprises seeking global reach for their products and services.

Anne Giles Clelland, founder of Handshake Media, IncorporatedHandshake Media also:

  1. is a global company with global partners with online properties visited by global citizens in more than 150 countries.
  2. owns and operates Handshake 2.0, with 1500+ posts, publishing an average of 365+ posts per year.
  3. has had its people and products nominated for TechNite Awards.
  4. was cited in 2009 by Mark Schaefer as perhaps publishing the World's First Social Media Authenticity Policy. (Link to policy)
  5. has been a VT KnowledgeWorks member company since its founding in 2008.
  6. released its first mobile app in 2010.
  7. has been selected to pitch its "white label" personal and social software platform once and twice - so far.
  8. has a founder who writes an advice column and was a 'toon.
  9. is a woman-founded and woman-owned technology company.
  10. when founded, had a CTO who was 17 and a CEO who was 49.

Photo: Mr. Handshake 2.0

Feel. Think. Choose. Makes Finals in VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:42 AM on April 6, 2012:

We were delighted to learn that Handshake Media, Incorporated's white label software platform Feel. Think. Choose.(TM) was one of five finalists selected for the 2012 VT KnowledgeWorks Open Business Concept Competition. 

- Added 4/10/12: VTKW E-Challenge will be livestreamed!  Details!

Feel. Think. Choose.(TM)I will be presenting and pitching Feel. Think. Choose. at 2:45 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

I'll have up to 15 minutes to make the presentation, then judges will have 10-12 minutes to ask questions.  The presentation requires one of the fundamental tools for seeking outside investment, the slide deck, a distillation of the proposed value of the business model and business opportunity for a product or service.

I receive on-going help from my family and friends, my business network, my business advisors, Presidents' CouncilVT KnowledgeWorks and my team members Alex Edelman, Kelsey Sarles, and Wil Collins. I thank them all for their assistance.

For directly helping me discover, understand and articulate, in slide deck form, the potential of Feel. Think. Choose. as a business model,  I offer grateful thanks to these  people in the order in which I contacted them, who have been so generous with their expertise and support. 

The VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge is a full-day event with two business concept competitions, speakers, meals, and a final networking reception.  If you care to join me, here's how to register.  I'll be there all day, especially at 2:45 PM!  I'd welcome your company.

LeClairRyan and VT KnowledgeWorks are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Work: It's Personal

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 8:35 AM on February 10, 2012:

Work: It's Personal by Anne Giles ClellandWhen Dan Smith suggested publishing a collection of the workplace advice columns I have been honored to write for him and Tom Field for Valley Business FRONT since December of 2008, as I reviewed the series of more than 30 questions and answers, I was struck by how topics might be work-related, but how profoundly the questioner sought personal clarity and meaning.  "Don't take it personally," we are told.  But we do. We are told, "Separate personal from professional."  But we don't.  Along with our "skill sets," "core competencies" and "thought leadership," we take our hearts and minds to work with us every day.

Hence the title:  Work: It's Personal.

Creating Work: It's Personal was a delightful team effort.  Dan Smith, editor of Valley Business FRONT wrote a humblingly beautiful foreword, Kelsey Sarles designed the book's cover and interior with her distinctive artistry and its accompanying cartoons with her inimitable creative view of the world.  I had my first studio photo shoot ever with Wayne Dunford and thank him for helping me be myself for the camera.  We used CreateSpace to publish the book in print and Kindle Direct Publishing for the Kindle version.

Dan Smith kindly circulated the manuscript prior to publication and I am awed and grateful for the reviews readers offered. 

Work: It's Personal is on Handshake 2.0 with those reviews and all the book's details. These are links to Work: It's Personal on Amazon.com and Work: It's Personal for the Kindle.

To all who have shared personal workplace challenges with me, I thank you.  If you haven't shared one yet, feel free to send me your question at anne@handshake20.com. I’ll do my best to answer it in Valley Business FRONT.

Latest Handshake App Released: She Chooses

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 10:31 AM on January 27, 2012:

She Chooses(R) - Feel. Think. Choose.(TM)The latest Handshake(R) brand mobile application from Handshake Mobile, a division of Handshake Media, Incorporated, was released today.  She Chooses(R), the personal awareness and social sharing software platform for women - first released as a web app on March 22, 2011 - is now available as a mobile app in the iTunes App Store.

She ChoosesR) mobile was developed by Alex Edelman using Titanium Appcelerator and designed by Kelsey Sarles.

Please read more about the She Chooses mobile app on the She Chooses blog.

You're invited to read our extensive coverage of the Mobile Industry on Handshake 2.0 and all about our Handshake apps on Handshake 2.0.

 

Handshake 2.0 Turns 3.0

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on July 28, 2011:

Handshake 2.0 launched on July 28, 2008 as a business news blog. According to the New York Times, even then, 95% of all blogs were abandoned. On its three-year anniversary, with the help of dozens of writers, artists and filmmakers, Handshake 2.0 has almost 1500 posts, an average of 500 posts per year.  It has evolved into a business news, social media, and public relations services site with almost three dozen clients.  According to Google Analytics, from January 2011 to July 2011, "Visits" to the site were up 4.55% over the same period in 2010, and "New Visits" were up a whopping 17.77%.  Visits to the site were just under 35,000 in 2010 with Google searches as the top source of traffic.  When someone tells me, "I can't Google anything without finding Handshake 2.0!", that is music to my ears.

And in the three-year history of Handshake 2.0, the premiere of the "Handshake" music video on the big screen at Bull & Bones, where I was surrounded by clients, supporters, friends and family, is still, for me, the very best moment. 

"Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts..."
- William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3, Act 4, Scene 6

Thank you to all for three amazing years.

The original music, Handshake, was written by Joseph Masciello and is available on iTunes.

The "Handshake" viideo was directed by Jarred Foresman of Blacksburg Media and produced by Handshake Media, Incorporated. It premiered in a blog post on Handshake 2.0 on December 1, 2009. It can be seen on YouTube and AOL Video.

A Very Short Film for Handshake 2.0

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 5:15 AM on May 24, 2011:

Short. is by Matthew Yourshaw, an intern with Handshake Media, Incorporated and a student at Virginia Tech.  Matthew Yourshaw created the how-to video for She Chooses(TM).

Co-founders of She Chooses to Shake Hands for First Time

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 8:45 AM on May 9, 2011:

From Automations Creations, Inc. and Handshake Media, IncorporatedShe Chooses(TM), the social network for women, is a joint spin-out of both companies:

She Chooses(TM), the social network for womenShe Chooses was co-founded by Anne Giles Clelland, Alex Edelman, Henry Bass, and Laureen Fleming.  The She Chooses team has worked remotely from its beginnings, “meeting” weekly via Skype.  Alex Edelman will fly into the Blacksburg, Virginia area this week and he and Henry Bass and Laureen Fleming will share their first handshake at their She Chooses team meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.  They will gather again on Thursday, May 12 for TechNite

Here's an updated version of the press release first issued April 27, 2010:

What do women want?  The four co-founders of She Chooses (TM), the social network for women, think She Chooses is part of the answer.

She Chooses launched to the public on March 22, 2011.  She Chooses members met to celebrate the launch, both actually and virtually, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  The She Chooses Launch Partywas held at restaurant 622 North in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.  The first-ever She Chooses Chat – Live! - the online version of the party - was held on the She Chooses site with guest host Janeson Keeley, an early supporter and friend of She Chooses.

The She Chooses network was nominated for the Rising Star Award from the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC).  Winners will be announced at the TechNite Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  Here's a list of all the TechNite award nominees. When the parent company of She Chooses, Wasabi Enterprises, Incorporated, was formed on September 9, 2010, the founders ranged in age from 19 to 51.  

She Chooses (TM) is the social network for women whose members choose what, how, and with whom they share.  She Chooses features an algorithm-based sharing component that helps women ask themselves what they’re feeling and thinking prior to making a choice - Feel. Think. Choose.  Offering the opportunity to privately consider members’ publicly shared choices ranked appreciatively by other members, She Chooses fosters uniquely meaningful personal reflection and authentic communication in the company of other women.