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Rock Health is a venture capital firm investing in digital health start-ups.

Rock Health is a venture capital firm investing in digital health start-ups.

iCrowd Newswire - Jun 25, 2019

Rock Health is a venture capital firm investing in digital health start-ups.

Founded in 2010, Rock Health funds and supports startups building the next generation of technologies transforming healthcare. 

Rock Health provides entrepreneurs with funding, strategic and operational support, co-working space, and access to a top-tier network of partners, academic medical centers, and clinicians. 

Rock Health partners include Aberdare Ventures, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Boehringer Ingelheim, Fenwick & West, GE, Genentech, Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mayo Clinic, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Montreux Equity Partners, NEA, Ogilvy Public Relations, Qualcomm Life, UnitedHealth Group, and UCSF. Learn more at


Chief Executive Officer
Halle Tecco

Halle TeccoHalle Tecco is the Founder and CEO of [Rock Health](, the first seed accelerator for health startups. She recognized the potential and the need for supporting digital health developers while working at Apple’s App Store covering the health vertical. 

Tecco has been named as one of 12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare by CNN, one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine, and was a LOreal Woman of Worth Honoree. Tecco has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and ForbesWoman. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Pollet

Sarah PolletSarah is Rock Healths operational lead. She oversees daily business operations and directs the Rock Health incubator. 

Sarah previously worked at Sutter Health managing hospital quality and safety initiatives, and she was also the second employee at a VC-backed medical technology start up in Palo Alto. 

Sarah earned her BA from Stanford University and MPH from Columbia University.

Chief Technology Officer
Ana Manzur-Allan

Ana Manzur-AllanAna leads Rock Healths women in health initiative, XX in Health. 

Prior to joining the Rock Health team to lead XX in Health, she was the Director of Business Development at Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the millions of vulnerable babies born every year in developing countries through a low cost infant incubator. 

She holds a BA from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a MA in International Development Policy from Duke University.

Chief Technology Officer
Dana Rosenberg

Dana RosenbergDana manages strategic partnerships and sponsorships across the Rock Health incubator, events and research. 

Prior to Rock Health, Dana led user acquisition, engagement, marketing and PR at HealthTap and was a consultant at Easton Associates, a boutique healthcare strategy consulting firm in New York. 

Dana has a BS in Biology from Duke University.

Chief Technology Officer
Clare Wylie

Clare WylieClare creates educational opportunities for Rock Health and the greater digital health community. 

She graduated with honors from Santa Clara University double majoring in Public Health and Psychology. 

Her past work includes studying health systems while living in Copenhagen and working at The Center for Applied Ethics and Advocacy in Health Care.

Kyra Deeth-Stehlin

Kyra Deeth-StehlinKyra supports marketing and media at Rock Health. 

Currently a student at Williams College, she is pursuing a degree in Economics with a concentration in Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Proteomics. She has a desire to learn about and explore the intersection of entrepreneurship, healthcare and technology.

Michael Abbott

Michael AbbottMike Abbott joined [Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers]( as a partner in 2011. He focuses on investments in the firms digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and big data. He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment. 

An engineering leader, entrepreneur and investor, Mike led the building of innovative, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before he joined KPCB. Mike is also an expert in big data businesses, having founded Composite Software.

Ron Gutman

Ron GutmanRon Gutman is the Founder & CEO of Health Tap. 

He is responsible for the company’s innovation, vision and product. 

Ron is also an Avid Public Speaker and Writer, frequently presenting at health and technology conferences (such as TED, SXSW and Health 2.0) and contributing pieces about technology, health and smiling in leading publications (such as Forbes, the Huffington Post, and TEDBooks). 

Additionally, he serves as the Curator of TEDx Silicon Valley. 

Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the Founder & CEO of a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users to date (acquired in early 2009).

Max Bryant

Max BryantMax develops and manages partnerships with foundations who support Rock Healths mission of making meaningful change in healthcare. Previous experience includes non-profit development, public health research, and senior living. He has a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Geoff Clapp

Geoff ClappGeoff serves as a mentor and adviser to numerous startups in software technology and healthcare IT. An entrepreneur and engineer, Geoff was previously founder and CTO of Health Hero Network (acquired by Robert Bosch Healthcare) and a senior engineer at Apple.

Amy Puliafito

Amy PuliafitoAmy leads research, social media, and marketing at Rock Health. 

Previously, she worked for the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health, and was in charge of fundraising at a non-profit that led international training trips for physicians in Mongolia and China. 

She has a BA in sociology from Northwestern. 

Frank Moss

Frank MossFrank Moss is Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab, where he heads the New Media Medicine group. He has spent his career developing innovative technologies and bringing them to market. 

He was Director of the MIT Media Lab from 2006-2011, where he held the Jerome Wiesner chair of Media Technology, and before that he had a 30-year career as an entrepreneur in the software and computer industries. 

Moss served as CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems Inc., a pioneer in distributed systems management, which he took public in 1995 and subsequently merged with IBM in 1996. 

He co-founded several other companies including Stellar Computer, Inc., a developer of graphic supercomputers, Bowstreet, Inc., a pioneer in the emerging field of web services, which was also acquired by IBM, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals, an early stage cancer drug discovery company (NASDAQ: INFI).

Bob Higgins

Bob HigginsBob has more than twenty-five years of experience in venture capital and has served as a director of many public and private companies. He is a former director of the National Venture Capital Association and President of the New England Venture Capital Association. In addition, Bob has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry, and has earned the 2008 HBS Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award. 

Bob has been an investor in many successful healthcare service, medical device and biotechnology companies. Some of the services companies he has backed are Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH), Mariner Health Group (IPO/acquired), New England Critical Care (IPO/acquired), Renal Treatment Centers (IPO/acquired) and U.S. Labs (acquired).

Eric Ries

Eric RiesEric Ries is the author of the book, [The Lean Startup]( Previously, he co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of [IMVU]( He is the co-author of several books including The Black Art of Java Game Programming (Waite Group Press, 1996). 

While an undergraduate at Yale Unviersity, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Although Catalyst folded with the dot-com crash, Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content. 

In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and venture capital firms. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at [Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers]( 

Linda Avey

Linda AveyLinda Avey is co-founder and CEO of Curious, Inc., a personal data discovery platform. 

Previously, she co-founded 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company. Her early career focused on sales and business development roles in the biopharmaceutical industry in San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. While at Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences, she focused on development of translational research collaborations with academic and pharmaceutical partners. 

Linda also worked at Spotfire helping researchers maximize value from scientific data through visualization tools, and at Applied Biosystems during the early days of the human genome project. 

She holds a BA degree in biology from Augustana College.

Nate Gross

Nate GrossNate Gross is the Co – Founder, Product Management & Business Development at Doximity Inc. 

Nate is also a Developer & Designer, and serves as Rock Healths Medical Director. 

Passionate about breaking down barriers to entrepreneurship and communication in health care, Nate loves working with great people and ideas at the intersection of medicine, policy and technology. 

He is a Graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine and Harvard Business School.

Jeff Tangney

Jeff TangneyJeff Tangney is the Co – Founder of Doximity Inc. 

He is a former President & COO of Epocrates.

Priyanka Agarwal

Priyanka AgarwalPriyanka creates collaborations between the broader medical community and Rock Health. 

She currently directs Rock Health Angels, an angel investing community for physicians and other medical professionals. 

She is also a practicing physician of internal medicine at UCSF. 

Priyanka earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Paul Maler

Paul MalerPaul supports operations, events, and marketing at Rock Health. He is excited to work at the intersection of healthcare and technology and helping involve medical students and professionals in the emerging field of Digital Health. Paul has a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University.

Erin Trimble

Erin TrimbleErin works primarily with the Rock Health incubator, and lead the recruitment of our current class of startups. 

She was previously an analyst at Cornerstone Research, a consulting firm specializing in the analysis of complex financial, economic, accounting and marketing issues that arise in business litigation. 

Erin holds a BA in Economics & Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She will begin her studies at Harvard Business School in the fall.

Michelle Snyder

Michelle SnyderMichelle Snyder joined the InterWest team in 2011, focusing on the intersection of healthcare and technology. She is particularly passionate about the transformative role mobile, social and data analytics can play in the healthcare industry. She also serves as a mentor and advisor to incubator programs and early stage companies in the healthcare IT space. 

Prior to joining InterWest Partners, Michelle was an early member of the senior executive team at Epocrates where she led subscriber acquisition and monetization activities. 

Michelle has also worked for a variety of health policy and strategy consulting firms including The Wilkerson Group, 

The Lewin Group and 

the Georgetown Center for Health Policy Studies. 

Michelle holds an M.B.A from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a B.A from Carleton College. 

Leslie Ziegler

Leslie ZieglerLeslie Ziegler is an entrepreneur, designer and health advocate. She serves as an advisor to several start-up companies in the consumer health space. 

In 2011, she co-founded Rock Health, a startup incubator focused on digital health. While there, Leslie served as the firms creative director and chief evangelist. She oversaw marketing, social media and curriculum for its startup classes, in addition to aiding companies with design and branding. 

Prior to Rock Health, Leslie was the creative director at Altius Education, a startup that focuses on personalized university education enabling students to begin their college education online and transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their bachelors degrees. 

Earlier in her career, Leslie worked in advertising and was the art director at McCann Erickson and Tribal DDB. Some of her past clients include (RED), Starbucks, Microsoft, Intel, American Airlines, Exxon Mobil and Pepsi Co. 

Abhas Gupta

Abhas GuptaAbhas Gupta joined Mohr Davidow in 2011 and focuses on analytics-driven companies, particularly those in retail, financial services, and healthcare. 

A previous entrepreneur with a background in computer science, strategy consulting, and medicine, Abhas embraces vertically-oriented analytics opportunities at the intersection of critical business functions and actionability. 

His other interests include distributed workforces, automation, digital health, and edtech. 

Abhas works closely with Mohr Davidow portfolio companiesRetention Science, HealthTap,, Storefront, Tethys, DVS Sciences, Corventis, among othersas well as mentors entrepreneurs at the healthcare seed-accelerator Rock Health. 

He frequently judges startup competitions, advises on health policy issues, and lectures on diverse topics from technology disruption to career planning. 

Founded in 1983, Mohr Davidow Ventures has more than $2B under management.

Michael Matly

Michael MatlyMichael is an Investment Principal at Montreux Equity Partners. 

Previously, he led Business Development and New Ventures at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation where he led the creation of internally incubated ventures and external partnerships with Fortune 50 companies and cutting-edge start-ups. 

He has an MD from Mayo Clinic and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Aenor Sawyer

Aenor SawyerDr. Sawyer is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at UCSF and Associate Director of Digital Health in Biomedical Informatics at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute where she co-directs the UCSF T1 Catalyst Digital Health Grants program. 

Dr. Sawyer is also co-Founder of Trinity, a web-based collaboration technology for Virtual Tumor Board and Multidisciplinary Management of complex patients.

Tyler Wilson

Tyler WilsonTyler supports both operations and the accelerator program at Rock Health. 

He is a health and fitness fanatic with a desire to learn more about how technology can be applied to improve wellness and healthcare. 

Tyler recently graduated with high honors from University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Management Economics.

Michael Esquivel

Michael EsquivelMichael serves as legal counsel for Rock Health and its startups. Hes the premier digital health lawyer, started the Life Sciences Legal Insights blog, and is a partner at Fenwick & West where he works with technology and emerging growth companies including Facebook, Pinterest, Dropbox, and HealthTap. 

Michael holds a BA from Stanford University and JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Malay Gandhi

Malay GandhiMalay works with Rock Health startups to design sustainable business models and leads the earned income and proprietary research efforts at Rock Health. 

He previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where he advised leading payers and global pharma companies on growth. 

Malay earned a Masters in Health Policy from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. from West Virginia University.

Jeff Hammerbacher

Jeff HammerbacherJeff Hammerbacher was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners immediately prior to joining Cloudera. Before Accel, he conceived, built, and led the Data team at Facebook. The Data team was responsible for driving many of the applications of statistics and machine learning at Facebook, as well as building out the infrastructure to support these tasks for massive data sets. The team produced two open source projects: Hive, a system for offline analysis built above Hadoop, and Cassandra, a structured storage system on a P2P network. Before joining Facebook, Jeff was a quantitative analyst on Wall Street. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University.

Charles Huang

Charles HuangCharles Huang is a Vice President and the Chief Finance and Financial Analysis Officer of Equity Healthcare, within Blackstones Private Equity Operations Group. 

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Huang worked in venture capital, focusing on health technology investing and actively supporting healthcare portfolio companies of Spark Capital. 

Prior to Spark Capital, while completing a dual Masters degree program in Business and Public Administration, he helped contribute to the growth of a number of VC/PE-backed healthcare companies in the areas of strategy, operations, and clinical informatics/reporting, including Generation Health and Accelecare Wound Centers. 

Before graduate school, Charles was a Manager in the Strategic Financial Planning Group at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and had also worked previously in the health consulting practice at Towers Perrin. Mr.

Elise Xu

Elise XuElise supports organizational planning for Rock Healths accelerator and advises startups on business model development. 

Previously, she consulted to healthcare and consumer companies at Deloitte Consulting and worked for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals Office of Strategy. 

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and begins the MBA program at Stanford this fall.

Ryan Pierce

Ryan PierceRyan advises Rock Health startups on strategy, funding, and product design, leveraging experience at De Novo Ventures and several medtech companies. An inventor on over 20 issued US patents, he has designed FDA-cleared devices to treat stroke and sleep apnea. 

Ryan teaches Medical Device Innovation at Stanford, and earned degrees at MIT, Stanford, and Harvard Business School.

Zach Malchano

Zach MalchanoZachs background includes engineering, anthropology, healthcare, business, and product development. 

He has a degree in engineering from MIT, a masters from Harvard, and was a biodesign innovation fellow at Stanford.

Deborah Pascoe

Deborah PascoeDeborah focuses on solving complex cross-disciplinary problems and developing people and ideas. 

She most recently led Operations at 23andMe and held leadership roles in drug development and manufacturing technology at Genentech. 

Deborah holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Erica Chain

Erica is a young adult survivor passionate about digital health, e-patients, and innovation in healthcare delivery. 

Erica supports the digital health eco-system by powering the next generation of health entrepreneurs and helping organizations better understand the digital health landscape. 

Geoffrey Clapp

Geoffrey ClappMentor at Rock Health

Scott Gottlieb

Mentor at Rock Health

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