Funding & Disrupting

Keith Herman

Funder meets Founder. The road to tech funding is always filled will pitfalls. Hear directly from the VC and company founder how they met, found common ground and consummated their relationship. read less

Upland Attracts C3 Ventures to the Metaverse
13-10-2022
Upland Attracts C3 Ventures to the Metaverse
Upland was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneurs Dirk Lueth, Idan Zuckerman and Mani Honigstein they raised $18M on $300M Series A in October 2021. The team includes 130 members since their launched in early 2020. They reached profitable in 2021 as one of the largest blockchain-based metaverse mapped to the real world with over 280k "landowners" with various game engagement points; sold over 4M NFTs. It started as a "property trading game" (think Monopoly) and evolved today into a platform where creators, developers, and brands launch their own experiences and applications (think "iOS" for the metaverse).Upland is also the entrepreneurial metaverse where e.g. players can create and run their own ventures like selling "outside decor" and other creations. It is currently live in 20 US cities, Rio de Janeiro and Porto (Portugal) and available on Mobile and Web. They have partnerships with NFLPA, FC Porto, Hyperloop, and others.Co-founder, Dirk Lueth, is also the author of the Amazon bestseller book "Navigating the Metaverse"; initiator and co-founder of the Open Metaverse Alliance for Web3 oma3.org. Upland is turning from a game into a platform that is launching its 3rd party developer portal this week. Upland attracted investment from C3 Venture Capital (“C3”) a venture capital company focused on managing early-stage venture funds which invest in exceptional technology companies worldwide. C3‘s mission is, among other things, to accelerate growth, development and especially adoption of blockchain technology. Connect with the show on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube
Disruption in Surgical Care with Dr. Sanjay Prasad, Founder & CEO of SurgiQuality
22-09-2021
Disruption in Surgical Care with Dr. Sanjay Prasad, Founder & CEO of SurgiQuality
This week’s episode of Funding & Disrupting presented by Oura Collective welcomes Sanjay Prasad. He is a brilliant surgeon with over 30 years of experience and the Founder & CEO of SurgiQuality. Sanjay is also an Assistant Professor at George Washington University and an Author. With so much experience and expertise, Sanjay always looks for ways to achieve more than himself. Keith interviews Sanjay to know more about his unique healthcare platform named SurgiQuality. What led to the idea of SurgiQuality?In the interview, Keith asks Sanjay about his observations in regards to surgeries these days. Sanjay candidly shares how most people are not much aware of the right surgeries. He talks about how people undergo some surgeries that they never needed. Also, some people connect to surgeons who rarely offer the best outcomes. All such problems of patients develop complications, and they may need even more surgeries. Sanjay feels that the healthcare sector needs more accountability today. Did you know 15-25% of surgical procedures performed today are unnecessary?Sanjay felt the quality of work was missing. He thought, “How do patients get to the right surgeon who has the best outcomes?” and it is where the idea of SurgiQuality came.How SurgiQuality works?To get a deeper insight into the platform, Keith asks Sanjay about the primary problems that SurgiQuality solves. Sanjay shares that the prime problem SurgiQuality disrupts and improves drastically is getting referrals from primary-care physicians to surgeons. Most of the time, primary doctors do not have the best information about the surgeons. It is where SurgiQuality helps primary doctors with referrals.Sanjay elaborates how SurgiQuality works. And according to Sanjay, everyone wins with the use of SurgiQuality. Patients get the best surgeons, and the quality of surgery improves. The surgeons get the patients in their area of interest and expertise. Moreover, primary doctors can give better referrals. So, it is a win-win for all.How did the funding process go?In the next segment, Keith asks Sanjay about the partnerships and the funding method followed by SurgiQuality. Sanjay shares that SurgiQuality has partnered with over 30,000 surgeons in 50 states. They have contacts with 300 surgery centers and hospitals. Talking about funding, Sanjay shares how he started the idea in 2014 with a small team of people. He also mentions how he invested heavily into it. Today, SurgiQuality is in series A-round raising 5 million for sales, marketing and customized technology for SurgiQuality.Sanjay also talks about what they look for in an ideal investor. He also talks about partnering with VC firms that bring contracts and connections.Sanjay Also Provides Life-changing Advises for Patients & ProfessionalsStory Notes:What motivates Sanjay?Experience & observations in surgeriesProblems solved by SurgiQualityWho can benefit?Partnerships & FundingAdvice for transforming healthcareThank you for joining us on this episode of Funding & Disrupting. Don't forget to visit our sponsor OuraCo.com to learn more about working directly with OURA Collective's exclusive technology PR team. They'll help you craft your message, get noticed in the press, and help you get your venture to the funding finish line.Again you can visit them at Connect with the show on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube