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By pjain      Published June 25, 2020, 5:02 p.m. in blog Invest   

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Jobs, IQ

Training, Prof Dev

AI, Data Science

AI Tech 4 Us, AI Web, Mobile

Datascince, Analytics

Biz Mgt, Startups

Business Management

Growth, Marketing, Sales, MFA

Startups ST



Health ST4US

Dev Series ST4US all HERE


Services, SaaS, BPO

Recruiting, Staffing Agency, Augmented Staffing

Job Boards

Tech Disruption in HRV, ATS

Job Boards, Matching

FoTW, PIMsy, Productivity


LawV, eLegal - XFR

FinV, InvV, Fintech


ELang, Khichdish

Maker, Cloud, SaaS

Ideas Beyond Basics

  • Making online life better
  • Newsletter and Links Summarization and aggregation - so don't have to read the newsletters

Making Social media fun to use again?

Hey's boldness will inspire you to question your assumptions and think differently - repeat Hey's delivery as a game changer and owning your time

AI building Value - Free or Transaction - Critical to New Disruptive Startups - General, Tech AR, SCR


AI Tech 4 Us, AI Web, Mobile

AI Learning 4US

AI Mkt Review, Policies, Industry

AI Apps

AI Analytics


r AI


--- Health ST

--- Health ST : Nutreaceauticals


The vitamin and dietary supplement market in the U.S. is worth almost $50 billion, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

Regulation - lite but don't poison customers!

Traction, marketing and Growth

YT, Saturday 1 hour captive Radio, Podcast

Cases in Nutrition/Supplements

GNC filed for bankruptcy Q2'2020

For decades GNC has been the one-stop shop for vitamins, muscle-building protein powder packs and practically every variety of weight-loss product.

From New England to Southern California, chances are if you ever needed a potassium boost, there was a GNC at a nearby mall.

But the company that urged Americans to “Live Well” has fallen on tough times. In June, GNC filed for protection from creditors in bankruptcy court, with plans to close about 1,000 locations — more than 10% of its global footprint.

The vitamin and dietary supplement market in the U.S. is worth almost $50 billion, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

Brick-and-mortar retailers like GNC, The Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World have faced an onslaught of competition from big-box retailers like Walmart and Target, grocery stores like Kroger and Whole Foods and e-commerce giants like Amazon.

After years of falling sales and mounting debt, GNC saw a steep drop in revenue after the coronavirus pandemic forced thousands of its locations to temporarily close. But anxiety around Covid-19 has actually pushed health and wellness concerns to the top of most people’s agenda, and that has caused sales of immunity dietary supplements like Vitamin C to skyrocket.

So after 85 years in business, why wasn’t GNC able to capitalize on the latest dietary supplement boom and what factors led to the company’s bankruptcy filing?


Vitamin Shoppe closed down many stores

Gundry Cardiologist - Gut supplements


HealthCare ST

Insurance Shopping bringing down to small SMEs

Self-Insured Plans usually present in larger companies where the employer itself collects premiums from enrollees and takes on the responsibility of paying employees’ and dependents’ medical claims. These employers can contract for insurance services such as enrollment, claims processing, and provider networks with a third party administrator, or they can be self-administered. -- third

--- US Follies


Progressive Taxes

The Republican base got massive tax benefits to SMEs and people earning in $250,000+ per year. But also benefitting were billionaires.

Capital Gains Tax is broken

One of the key drivers of inequality are flaws in US capital gains tax levied on profit from the sale of a stock, business, land or art) as in need of reform. The maximum percentage a person can pay in capital gains tax is currently less than the maximum individual income tax rate (and mostly has been since the 1950s), according to the Tax Policy Center. That means that wealthy people, who have the resources to invest, are being taxed at a lower rate than those who are just earning an income.

Wealth Tax

“I think a wealth tax is a good idea because we have so much inequality in wealth, even a moderate rate like 3% on billionaires and 2% on those over $50 million, raises an enormous amount of revenue,” - Economist Stiglitz

Pensions out of control in States - Italy comes to Blue States!

--- GeoPolitics

TOC China Policy Mostly to Protect CCP Oligarchs/Princelings

China PLA Attacked India in Galvan to stabilize

RCEP to get free trade market Access into South and Southeast Asia

--- Time tracking, project Management

Make it easy to break high level task/project into subtasks, assigned todos

  • Each task list has sub tasks.
  • Each subtask can be assigned to your self or other people.
  • These tasks will be time-guided so that Flock can remind you when they’re due.

Collaborative Productivity - Channels based Easily Shared Team To-dos - beyond Slack


  • Flock
  • Slack allowing collab to 20 companies in a channel - ?? research it


Flock will also send you a summary of the tasks every week. You can also export these tasks out of Flock for future reference if you need to.

Polls, Pulse of the Team

Flock also has inbuilt polls and reminders which are elemental in your channel conversations.

e Online Team Project Manager Specs

Online Team Project Manager BM$

mr Online Team Project Manager Market Review


Midtier Promoters

Supports breaking down tasks into smaller items, which helps manage your business as a whole better. Users can create multiple subtasks, organized by different verticals, housed under a single task. You will be able to assign subtask owners, deadlines, due dates, and more, so everyone knows exactly how they contribute to their team’s goals. Manage sales opportunities, employees, support tickets, marketing asset production, and any other complicated and multifaceted part of your business.


Simplify work by creating task lists and adding tasks under them. Break down tasks into subtasks; assign them to your team members to organize and distribute the work effectively.

  • Collaborate better and faster: Collaborate more effectively by creating topics for discussions. Simplify the process of communication by bringing teams together to discuss new ideas and help them to collaborate on projects.
  • Assign people easily: Easily assign people to brainstorm on the best of ideas. This improves collaboration and let you communicate on different ideas to enhance productivity.
  • Real-time collaboration: Easily carry out discussions with people who are working with you on projects or ask them to share their views by posting comments. It leads to much better communication and makes you more productive.
  • Seamless private conversations: Privatize your conversations by creating private discussions visible only with assigned users. This works best when you work with sensitive information that you want to keep confidential.
  • Easy file attachment: Easily attach/share files and documents with your team members or clients to provide them detailed information on topics.
  • Keep discussions flowing with email-in: Effectively collaborate with your team while on the go. Now, you can post comments which helps you to participate in on-going discussions without having to log into your account.
  • Archive discussions: Save all your important discussions for future reference at one place by archiving them. Archiving also helps by separating active topics from the ones that have become too old or inactive.
  • Seamless collaborations: Collaborate in real-time by posting comments on tasks. This helps you to discuss issues on various tasks and get clarity on exactly what needs to be done to execute tasks effectively.
  • Manage work with email-in: Easily manage your work by adding tasks while you are on the go. This way there is no need to log into your account to add tasks.
  • Track time spent on tasks: Track time with a timer or enter it manually. Now it is easier to know how much time your team members take to perform the tasks assigned to them.
  • Indicate task progress: Mark progress on the tasks that you are performing. This way you can provide an up to date picture of task progression to clients and stakeholders.
  • Download task lists: Easily download your task lists to use them at other places of interest like for reporting or to store hard copies and for performance evaluation.
  • Clear and insightful reporting: Built in reports for efficient tracking of work. Reports help you find interruptions that result in delays to eliminate wastage of time and achieve greater efficiency in work.
  • A single unified view for tasks: View tasks across all the projects at one single place i.e. all tasks. This helps you see what others are doing and keep track of work easily.

Flock Channels based Easily Shared Team To-dos - beyond Slack

Its slick UI makes it super easy-peasy for anyone to get used to it!

  • Work-area Channels with Tasklists and APPSTORE

A team messenger and collaboration tool. You can use it with your work folks or your interest group to get maximum done in a shorter period of time.

  • I create different channels which are chat rooms for discussing various ideas.
  • Under each channel, I create Task Lists.

Not only does it leverage real time communication for your team, but also helps you to be on top of your tasks and adhere to project timelines. Using Flock, you can access 40+ external services available on its app store, making switching between apps and tabs unnecessary.

And the best part is that it is free for as long as you want for unlimited integrations and users - so worth giving a shot!


--- Talent Heaven

Angel and VC Companies advertising for Jobs in Portfolio companies

--- hST Lessons

hST Cases

Online Therapy - FULL STACK Models profitable - but is therapy human or effective?

Although there are companies circumventing this by providing online therapy - those business models may be more profitable than marketplaces. However, Sophia Therapy decided to not go down that route.

Marketing: Corporate Wellness esp. Confidential Therapy

Sophia Therapy after closing sees lot of promise in therapy being provided as part of employee assistance programs.

LIABILITY ? - not really an issue for online marketplace

  • The liability is that of the medical provider, not the

Find a Therapist


  • sophia-therapy matched between patients with therapists by giving both parties detailed questionnaires on different aspects like needs, logistics, insurance, personality types and treatment styles.

Actual payment by Insurance killed virtual matchups

Getting actually paid by insurance has been a barrier to traditional in-person therapy.

Insurance is a nightmare in this space [Therapist matching] - sophia-therapy

The Sophia team didn’t want to prioritize the matching based on insurance, but on other factors like need and treatment style. This, however, created its own complications for the company. It was logistically complicated; it felt problematic to provide a service that was not accessible to a large chunk of people, .. We were caught between a rock and a hard place.”


MIT-delta V boston - CEO Eva Breitenbach, Chethan Jhaveri and Bowen Lu 
Techstars alum 
FUNDS ran out .. 
Closes Oct18 - now ceo PM at meditation and wellness platform 10% Happier

RE Tips

102 - Developing Homes Out Of State For Infinite Returns With Jess White:

166 - How To Flip Land With Low Risk with Jack Bosch:

127 - Wholesaling Hotels In The Bay Area with Shannon Shackerley-Bennett:

--- People Connections for US


  • Venk Shukla
  • Paul Singh


  • Suresh Ramamurthi, Google > Bank CEO/Owner, CBW Bank, known for FINTECH innovation including working with financial services start-ups. He is founder and serves as CEO of Yantra Financial Technologies, a fintech company focused on serving the financial services industry. A veteran technology entrepreneur, Suresh has founded and exited two start-ups, and has previously worked at Google Inc. Suresh has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

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