Audio Of The Week: Reimagining The Well Woman

One of the areas we have been investing a lot in at USV is women’s healthcare (Clue, Modern Fertility, Nurx).

Another interesting company in women’s healthcare, that USV is not an investor in (at least not yet), is Tia, which calls itself “The Women’s Health Clinic.”

In this discussion with the Gotham Gal, the founder of Tia, Carolyn Witte, talks about her inspiration to start Tia and how she has evolved the business over the last couple years.

#hacking healthcare

Comments (Archived):

  1. Richard

    We know that most policitians don’t (behind closed doors) actually believe their rhetoric, do VCs?*And before you get all over my case, VC are all over the internet giving calling out CEOs of large compnaies in TECH and Pharma for doing it “all for money”.Just once (like a young Warren Buffet) , I like to hear a VC say, we believe in this company because there are just enough people gullible enough to use it in the time frame we have in mind.Or in the alternative, at least say – if I had to do it all over again – I would not have funded this company notwithstanding all the money I made.

  2. William Mougayar

    FemTech ! I like that.

    1. awaldstein

      as do i!

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  3. sigmaalgebra

    If she’s still in pain, that’s AWFUL.If I were her, I wouldn’t try anything but the standard US health care system, that is, Ob/Gyn, endocrinologists, internal medicine specialists, etc. armed with the best current knowledge and diagnostic tools, etc.In addition, if she is all wound up, worried, frustrated, again, AWFUL. I hope she gets some peace, calm, security, a sense of useful productivity, and happiness. She seems plenty bright, determined, and energetic.The pills at 15? Wow. She was likely neither the first nor the last. I hope she was fully careful. A lot of people claim to believe that 15 is too young. I was taught that. Apparently her activity at 15 didn’t result in a good marriage — to me, that’s sad. But, then, at least superficially, first cut, it appears that Darwin doesn’t agree and, instead, believes that 15 is fine. From all I’ve seen, in our current society, 15 is too young, but it may be that in a stable community where the young woman has parents, her husband’s parents, lots of grand parents, great grand parents, cousins, aunts, and uncles and a good husband all close at hand it can work well. Maybe in most old village societies that is just what did work well. Maybe that’s what the famous Coming of Age in Samoa or some such is about, but I never read it — maybe I should try a Wikipedia summary??At one point in my journey of attempts at understanding, I heard of the Mexican jumping bean: Occasionally and for no apparent reason, it jumps. So, it moves a few inches, maybe farther. It keeps this up as long as it can. (A) Maybe it wears out and stops. Or, (B) maybe on some jump it lands in a crack and can’t get out and stops. So, one way or another, eventually it stops.So, what does Darwin have in mine here? Well, the bean can’t take root on flat ground. So, jumping has everything to gain and nothing to lose. Is there a possible gain? Yes, the crack might be a good place to put down roots, sprout, grow a bean stalk, and have more beans.Why do some women feel frustrated and jump? … Yup, Darwin’s strategy for the Mexican jumping bean was a guess.

    1. Krysten Merriman

      Women take the pill for lots of reasons aside from preventing pregnancy. Many girls start even younger than 15 to deal with debilitating pain from endometriosis and symptoms of PCOS and other disorders. Sadly, the pill is treated as the default treatment for a variety of women’s issues, leaving the underlying issues ignored. Hopefully, companies like the one featured in this podcast can improve access to better healthcare outcomes.

      1. sigmaalgebra

        Yup, there are a lot of medical symptoms and poor treatments, including for girls and women.I’m a man, after all I’m just a man, born that way, still am, always will be. Where should I go to confess and apologize? I’d also like to apply for a repeat, do-over, but ONLY as a man again and ONLY if I can still know what I know now! Else, I’m threatening to write a book, Girls 101 for Dummies — Boys. At least two things are holding me back: (1) There’s a LOT I still don’t know, and (2) for much of the best I do know, lots of people would scream in outrage that I was wildly wrong and, even worse, not politically correct.A big, huge, gigantic challenge was trying to understand human females, all the way from infants who get the generosity, attention, affection, and protection of Daddy to … great grandmothers and everything between. How do those little girls DO those things? Daddy’s perfect angel; teacher’s perfect pet? When mom’s sisters visited with their daughters, all the mothers fussed over the daughters but not over me! I was doing yard work (the girls certainly were not), trying to make gun powder, reading everything I could find about cars, making a go cart out of an old lawn mower engine, etc. The nieces were pretty! One of them wanted to curl up on the sofa and kiss a lot — hmm! I was NEVER treated nearly as nicely as those girls were!!!! Now that I know much more I realize that, really, I shouldn’t want to be treated any such ways: Being a cheerleader looks like a much easier (except some of the girls are really flexible) role in the game than being on the field getting bruised and risking serious injury, but the cheerleaders never have the big victories, either. Headache #304,583,224,606 and not even Excedrin goes that high. Did I mention BIG challenge?Still, for a boy like me, girls can be magic, cute, sweet, pretty, beyond belief and to total distraction, darling, adorable, precious, to be cared about, cared for, taken care of, protected, cherished, treasured, supported, loved, worked/fought for, etc., maybe getting back only a smile and hug.In English classes, the brighter ones made me look like a total dunce with no clue of what those poems, short stories, and novels were about; the brighter girls, and I knew several, could read that stuff quickly and right away give the teacher back just what was wanted. One of them was nice to me, told me when the tests were in math class so that I could show up, finish early, and get back from the teacher that I “was the best math student he’d ever had”, but she wasn’t nice enough to explain to me what was going on in those novels in English class! For one of those, I worked on the novel for two weeks, and on a Saturday she gave her 7 year old sister a bath, got ready for our date, read the book in about 30 minutes, and made an A while I got a C. For English class term papers, I wrote one on the transistor and one on lasers. I got grades maybe B for content and C for style. Sweetheart, what the heck was WRONG with you? I was writing on something you knew not even zip, zilch, or zero about and are two of the greatest giant steps up in all of civilization, and I got a B for content??? And what the heck is this “style” stuffing? At least in math class if I ever made an error in a proof, rarely did, I’d discover what was wrong.When my SAT scores came back, the woman who had had me in the 6th grade and was playing Guidance Counselor for a day saw my Verbal score and said “Very good.” No it wasn’t; instead it was just a lot better than she feared! Then for my Math score, she was REALLY shocked, afraid, said “There must be something wrong,” There was and had been for 12 years of agony from gossiping, STEM field ignoramus, distaff, time wasters; can’t expect a woman teaching 6th grade to understand math talent; it was easy, I finished early, checked, and still had time; it wasn’t quite 800 but it should have been; I should have appealed; the guy with a few less points than me was voted “Most Intellectual” and went to MIT; I’d bet I’ve written better math papers and software than he has!Why those girls had so much trouble with common hand tools, where the carburetor air filter was, how the differential works, how to fix a vacuum cleaner with a broken wire from being pulled on too hard (did that once for the mother of a girl 12, the prettiest human female I ever saw, in person or otherwise, have her high school grad picture on the UR corner of the computer screen, still in love with her), math, physics, engineering, computing I could never figure out.I had some girlfriends and one wife. Slowly I began to learn, often with WOW, men are NOTHING like that.So, right, there can be problems, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (the 12 year old girl I knew), tubal and ectopic pregnancies (Marilyn Monroe), botched D&C procedures resulting in sterility (Jane Russell), fibrocystic breasts (my wife) and maybe associated menstrual pain, some middle school girls taking Motrin, emotional swings, various symptoms of anxiety disease, etc. They can be mean girls, pretty little liars, grandly talented, maybe highly practiced, A+ grade putdown artists, and off on spontaneous, hysterical, irrational, irresponsible, destructive compulsions that can make men start to understand the common, old advice “barefoot, pregnant, and dependent” and to reconsider the 19th Amendment.I REALLY do not, Not, NOT, NOT want to be a human female — NO WAY, Get a do-over and do better the next time? GREAT!YouTube has some good old movies to download and watch. I have some by Deanna Durbin and by Barbara Stanwyck. If my startup works, then I’ll invite some girls (as a sign of affection, I refer to all females as girls) to, say, opera. They should be pretty and NICE, especially nice. I would help if they could sing, play piano, cook. Did I mention being nice? I will also want to attend seminars in math and theoretical physics — maybe I won’t expect the girls to like those!Sometimes a girl can be really badly treated and suffer horribly:…Sometimes a father can REALLY CARE about his daughter:… It can be really tough for a guy to forget about a pretty girl:…With no shortage of inspiration, Puccini had much the same idea:…Yup, he really fell for her:…Yup, I get it, got the idea, the story, the pain. got the T-shirt, been there, done most of that.Here a somewhat socially awkward but good guy is trying hard to introduce himself to Elsa:…Apparently in that case he did okay, at least for a while! In the choir, all of the girls can sing, and some of them are pretty!…Some brides can be a little slow on understanding the seriousness of the day, and in that case there is:…At least in old times and maybe only fantasy now, a guy can fall really hard for a nice girl right away:…With two girls can get a duet:Mozart saw some of how sweet they could be!!! Both are really good singers, but Fleming is prettier!!…Or with Richard Strauss,…Barbara Bonney is cute!Lots and lots of transistors and lasers — wonder if that English teacher still appreciates!Some of the girls are really at dancing, MUCH better than the boys:…A few are even better at dancing:…Some of the girls are really good with piano:…and, yes, that’s one way to play the D-major section!And sometimes a really pretty girl and really good at singing can be really nice to her guy:…Some women are REALLY good with children:…”Can’t live with’em; can’t live without’em.”Between liking and respecting, likely the situation should be I like them as a girl and they respect me as a man!

  4. Krysten Merriman

    I *love* the Clue app and recommend it to every woman I know! Exciting to see founders and VCs investing in tech for women.

  5. NewsPapersStore

    The audio was mind blowing actually. I mostly like it and listen it with fresh mind.