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Arnold Whitman Honored at Alzheimer’s Association Brain Ball

Arnold Whitman, Aging2.0 Partner, is being honored at the Alzheimer’s Association Brain Ball this year. With your help, we want to help him raise funds for the cause. It is his determination and vision that guides all of Aging2.0’s work towards improving the lives of older people around the world. To achieve Arnie’s goal is to provide hope for the one in three seniors living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. We believe that we can make a difference. We hope you will join us.  
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Stocks picks for the booming population

Interesting article in the Fiscal Times about stock picks for the aging population. A number of expected targets such as medical devices (Stryker, Zimmer) and pharma companies (Johnson & Johnson, Teva). I thought Petsmart was an interesting add.  I was interviewed for the article and tried to add in a few random ones to the mix such as Scotts Miracle-Gro, and mentioned my penchant for cosmetics such as Estee Lauder and Revlon (er, from an investment point of view).  But the opportunities for investors aren't limited to the obvious industries. Investors should look at all areas where affluent boomers will spend their money, including luxury cars, cruise lines, and college classes, not to mention clothes for their grandchildren, say AARP’s [Harry] Moody.
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Raising capital for your aging-related startup

I gave this presentation as part of my panel session on "raising angel and VC funding for your startup" to an audience of mainly entrepreneurs at the Boomer Venture Summit in Santa Clara, CA this week (conference recap here). Raising Angel and VC Money for Aging-Related Startups[slideshare id=8349720&w=425&h=355&sc=no] View more presentations from Stephen Johnston The summary about raising capital was a distillation of a lot of the advice online and from a number of conversations I've been having with angels and VCs. I didn't really come up with many differences between raising capital for a typical startup vs raising capital for your aging related one. One area is demographics - as one of the audience members pointed out, the existing incubators seem pretty much focused on young, male, tech founders, and startups in the aging-space tend to have older founders. Another difference is that you may be more likely to get money from angels if what you're building appeals to them directly, as is likely to be the case with a number of aging-focused startups. The last few slides introduced the idea of a Longevity Fund focused on this space, starting with dementia / cognition. The idea resonated quite well with the audience - look for more info on the topic shortly.
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Snip: Funding Aging Research for Life Extension and Human Longevity

The MaxLife Accelerator Fund. MaxLife addresses the needs in the financing marketplace by:
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