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Microsoft, Google vets create system to reveal quality, cost of hospital procedures

by Annie Zak Bob Piper

N ew tools that allow consumers to try and demystify the cost of their upcoming medical procedures have become popular in recent years. But those tools often don't include the quality of the medical procedure in their equation.

Now, one Bellevue, Wash.-based company is looking to change that.

Mpirica Health Analytics launched its first product in January. The company, which includes founders from  ...

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Amid IPO rumors, biotech CEO crowdfunds woman's surgery

by Ron Leuty Violet Phiri family

S eparated by 10,000 miles and a world of hurt, it seems unlikely that their paths would cross: the veteran biotech entrepreneur and the Zambian woman in need of a crucial hip implant surgery.

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Top Twitter female executives launch #Angels

by Cromwell Schubarth Katie Jacobs Stanton

A half-dozen women who are current and former Twitter executives announced this week a new startup seed investment group called #Angels.

"All of us love working with start-ups. And we love working together," the group said in a blog."We're excited to join together in an investment group, #Angels, to leverage this experience to help start-ups as angel investors."

The group sounds like it  ...

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​A big slice of the pie: Mod Pizza brings in $40M for national expansion

by Rachel Lerman Scott & Ally Svenson   MOD Pizza

S eattle's latest company to go national is a restaurant — and it just raised more than many local tech companies.

Mod Pizza announced Thursday it has closed deals on a financing round expected to raise more than $40 million. The round is led by PWP Growth Equity with participation from existing shareholders.

That brings total funding for the fast-casual pizza company to more than $70  ...

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Are digital startups' health claims true? GE, Stanford launch startup of their own to find out

by Cromwell Schubarth Deborah Kilpatrick  Evidation Health

S tanford Health Care and GE Ventures have launched an independent startup that plans to use Big Data to validate the products and services offered in the burgeoning digital health sector.

Evidation Health is based in the Menlo Park incubator run by GE Ventures and is led by CEO Deborah Kilpatrick, who previously was chief commercial officer at CardioDX and headed new ventures at Guidant  ...

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Why defense, intelligence agencies love this startup

by Dan Miner Thomas Slowe[3]

I magine that an intelligence analyst is presented with thousands of hours of footage from various sources — including drones and satellites — and that they're searching for images of white cars.

The task is incredibly time-consuming for humans. It's a good thing they don't have to do it anymore.

Buffalo-based NerVve Technologies was founded in 2011 and spent two years building its software  ...

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Tech veterans jump on Andreessen-Horowitz-backed startup aiming to overhaul education

by Patrick Hoge Max Ventilla, AltSchool founder and CEO

H igh-powered veterans of Google, Uber, Rocket Fuel and Zynga have joined a startup that aims to help educators reinvent elementary and middle school teaching.

AltSchool aims to use technologies ranging from data analysis to wearable devices combined with private sector entrepreneurial tactics to change the way schools operate. In addition to creating its own chain of private schools, the company  ...

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