Your bangs are always amazing! Do you have a hairplace in nyc??
Thanks!! After years of searching (and many awful haircuts) in New York, I finally found MY GUY last year. His name is Erik and he cuts at Shampoo Avenue B in the East Village. Please tell him I sent you! :)
I can’t pinpoint the evening our little tradition started (but Foursquare probably can)—sometime before Amy moved to San Francisco last year, we started getting together for girls’ dinners at Ootoya.
This is how it goes. We fight our way through the hairy Elmos and naked cowboys and idiot tourists in Times Square. Someone is always late. Upon arrival there are big squeals and big squeezes and a little bit of pleading with the hostess to seat us though our whole party’s not here.
It always starts with tofu salad for the table. Fresh and light with a vinegary dressing. We catch up on everyone’s latest jaunts here and upcoming bachelorette parties there. Next comes the yakitori: tomato wrapped in pork belly, a couple skewers of chicken thighs with green onion.
Once our bellies are primed for more we order our mains. There are about three things that we ever pick: kaasanni (breaded soy sauce chicken cutlets), mini kaisen don (sashimi over rice), and salmon saikyo (perfectly moist, flakey grilled Atlantic salmon).
By the time our entrees come our conversation has gotten reaaaaal fluffy. This is the kind of conversation that—if you’re sitting at the next table over—you wonder if these girls have anything going on upstairs. We talk about boys. We talk about bags. We talk about rings. We lament over the hilariously practical gifts the men in our lives have gotten us and shamelessly critique/admire/gape at ____’s new rock/crop top/eyelash extensions on Facebook.
We laugh. A lot. The kind of outrageous, no holds barred, super horsey laughter that makes you embarrassed on behalf of us if you’re sitting across the restaurant.
Dinner never fails to end with something sweet: two scoops each of green tea, sesame, and earl grey ice cream. It ends with us shutting the place down… dragging our heels to pay the absurdly reasonable check. There’s never a need for alcohol because we’re deliriously drunk with laughter. It ends with happy giggles, fierce hugs goodbye. Though we make it a point to do it regularly… it feels like our winter coats turn into floral sundresses and then back again by the time we get together for the next one.
At the beginning of next month we lose another to California: Nancy heads west for Labor Day. In this city, your friend circle seems to be a constantly rotating cast of characters: For every one that hops on there’s another one that hops off. I can’t count on ten fingers the friends I’ve lost to bschool, to Dubai, to Miami, to Shanghai. In a city in which you can sometimes feel like you know a million people but also no one at all—I’m grateful that every now and then when I look around that table, I’ve got girlfriends that make New York home.
I love my incredibly eloquent BFF teresawu. Ootoya nights 4eva!
“[Sherpaa’s] moving medicine into an electronic age, where most doctors don’t email with their patients, like who doesn’t email? That’s the days of dinosaurs.”—Dr. idasantana, in my favorite quote from our CNBC piece. I love her.
In honor of our great nation’s birthday, my last day at Maker Studios will be this Friday, July the Fourth. I’m looking forward to a summer of conversations over summery beverages about starting the next thing. What is the next thing? I like editorial, I like writing, I like video, I like running teams, I like technology, I like doing fun stuff with smart people who move quickly. If you’re interested in a chat, by all means drop me a line at chrismohney dot gmail dot com. Enjoy perusing my widely praised Linkedin profile if you need context, background, business intelligence, and/or bullet points. And if you need me tonight, I’ll be at the bar.
Note for Chris: I read “I like running teams” in the athletic sense and was about to email you demanding why you never asked me to join your elitist running team… then I checked myself before I wrecked myself.
Note for everyone else: I had the privilege of working with Chris at Blip and Maker Studios and you should talk to him about running editorial at your company.
I’m obviously quite excited about this. Sherpaa started in February of 21012 with one client, tumblr. A little over two years later:
We take care of more than 100 companies
We’re 18 employees and hiring
Our monthly revenue covers our monthly burn
We’re now in California and in the process of expanding to 10 other major cities by the end of the year
We solve 70% of medical problems without referring you to see a doctor in person…think about that…that means 70% of doctor visits don’t need to happen
Our insurance experts recoup money on a daily basis for you from insurance companies and doctors’ billing mistakes
Employees absolutely love the service with 98% rating the experience as exceptional
Companies are offering this exceptionally-rated service and saving money
Healthcare absolutely can be better and we’re proof. I’ve seen a lot of healthcare companies come and go and raise too much or too little money. My goal is to create a sustainable service that people absolutely need and love powered by an intelligent business and investment strategy based on a career of studying what works and what doesn’t in healthcare. In the beginning of my career, back in 2007, I often blogged about what’s wrong with healthcare. Around 2011, I decided to stop bitching, and start building something better. Sherpaa is a dream come true, enabled by a good idea and passionate investors who want to change a very important, yet broken, industry and fundamentally make it better. Without our investors’ passion and talents, Sherpaa would be nowhere. Along with the investors in our seed round (O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, First Round Capital, and Collaborative Fund) who followed on in this Series A, Josh Guttman at Softbank led this investment along with David Karp, the CEO and founder of tumblr. I’m thrilled to have such a rock star group of investors enabling Sherpaa to grow bigger and better.
The WSJ article alludes to something I strongly believe. If you haven’t noticed, our investors are not healthcare investors. Their main focus is consumer technology. I’m a huge believer that change in healthcare cannot come from within the confines of traditional healthcare thinking. It must come from fresh-eyed partners and investors outside of the healthcare box who find healthcare way too frustrating and backwards.
So cheers to the finest team of doctors, sales people, engineers, account experience directors, and insurance experts that power Sherpaa and make a better version of healthcare as awesome as it can be. Cheers to the companies who entrust us to make healthcare better for their company. And cheers to Phase Two of Sherpaa, making it bigger, better, and quickly coming to a city near you.
I’m running a six week Fitocracy challenge. Nothing like a little competition to help shed those winter pounds.
First Place: $150 iTunes Gift Certificate
Second Place: $75 iTunes Gift Certificate
Third Place: $25 iTunes Gift Certificate
If you are already a Fitocracy member…
I am taking part in this challenge!! I love that the top 3 places are currently all held by women.
It’s not too late to join the challenge! Sign up for Fitocracy, join the Summer is Coming group, and (important!) make sure you actually add the challenge once you’re in the group.
You can also follow me on Fitocracy if you’d like to see me get super strong (ha). I’m annieisms. Pretty proud of the fact that I can squat 85lbs today when I was scared to do just the barbell a few months ago.
We’re thrilled to announce that David has invested in Sherpaa. I’ve known David for about six years now after meeting through the NYC grapevine. Tumblr has powered my blog since I launched my practice back in 2007. David was one of my earliest followers on tumblr and when we were talking in late 2011 about the early ideas that would eventually culminate in Sherpaa, David suggested getting Sherpaa started by partnering with tumblr. David’s early support, and now, his investment, catalyzed our success. It feels good to know that David, after working with us for two years, believes so much in what we’re doing, he’s invested. And for that, I am grateful. It’s another milestone for us in making healthcare as awesome as we can.
“The first time I charged people, I gave them their money back at the end of the tour,” says Gray. “I felt guilty because I had so much fun doing it.”—On the Museum Hack, a great profile on Nick and his company Museum Hack, one of my favorite entities ever. I love how much of Nick’s personality comes through this piece.
“Please. You don’t want to raise a generation of science students who don’t understand how we know our place in the cosmos.”—Bill Nye (The Science Guy) • Speaking during a debate he took part in tonight at Kentucky’s Creation Museum, where he sparred with creationist Ken Ham on the topic of evolution. Nye called Creationism “absolutely not viable”; his opponent argued that teaching evolution was about “imposing the religion of atheism on generations of students.” Nye, who was paid to show up, drew controversy for his appearance, as it was seen as lending some legitimacy to the museum. (via shortformblog)