We're excited to announce a great meetup for the Aging2.0 community next Thurs 26th April in New York; all readers of this blog who are in the area are most welcome to attend. Please RSVP at the Meetup page so we can get a sense of numbers, and feel free to invite others who you think may find it interesting to listen and talk about business innovation in the aging space.
The event will be held on the third floor of the Hubitat offices, 31 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010 (thanks to Hubitat Founder and angel-investor extraordinaire, Neil Anderson) and will last from 6pm - 8pm, potentially followed by drinks / snacks locally, depending on interest.
The format will be more conversations then presentations. Our speakers will explain what they're working on and then chat with you about your perspectives.
Katie Fike and Alexis Abramson are two PhD gerontologists who have just launched a hot new consulting business focused on the 50+ demographic, called Innovate50, based out of San Francisco. They'll talk to us about what they're seeing in the market and their plans for building their business using novel products such as AgeStorming. I've spent quite a bit of time with Katie recently at various conferences and events; she's super smart, passionate about the space, and has an interesting background - she used to be an investment banker.
Scandent is in many ways a perfect Aging2.0 type of company - it uses novel technology to solve a very specific issue with the senior market, and is doing it profitably from Day 1. Cofounder Vlad Djuric is a Harvard and VC-trained bright, young entrepreneur who's teamed up with RFID tech-wiz Akshay Athalye to create a system using tiny RFID sensors and readers that help senior living facilities keep track of their assets, starting with the improbable issue for people losing their dentures (leaving them on food trays for example). They're selling rapidly into senior living facilities across the region and have an inspiring story to share.
ThankLab is a new startup coming out of stealth mode that will be launched soon. It's founded by Ankur Jain (previously founder at GiftSideStory) and CTO Joel Van Horn, and they have developed an innovative gifting timeline that makes it easy for busy people to appreciate their mothers by scheduling reminders and gifts for important events in their lives.
I'm excited to be able to introduce Tom Kamber who runs OATS.org to the Aging2.0 community. OATS - Older Adult Technology Services - is a New York-based non-profit that has taught over 10,000 seniors to use computers. They've been recently given a large federal grant to expand their operations, and Tom will talk among other things about their exciting new space they're opening in Chelsea to be a technology experience center for seniors - the world's first. In fact, I like what they're doing so much I just joined their Board - a new development that was confirmed this week - and am excited to be helping OATS developing their strategy to build on the impressive assets they've developed over the past few years.
So a terrific line up of business innovators focused on the senior market, and we hope you'll be able to join (again, please RSVP at the meetup site).
Note: If you have other ideas for entrepreneurs and thought leaders to join us, let us know; we'll be planning to hold these events on a regular basis going forward.