At The Impact Seat, we invest in the power of women. Although healthcare attracts significant investment, women’s healthcare specifically is underfunded on a global scale despite serving half of the world’s population. This worldwide disparity has resulted in a lack of innovation within the healthcare sector.

In 2018 we met Alydia Health’s founder Jess Becker and CEO Anne Morrissey. Alydia Health developed a revolutionary device to stop postpartum hemorrhaging. We knew their device was a groundbreaking innovation in maternal health, and we believed their team would be the right group to take this product through FDA approval and to market…


It takes smart leadership, solid community, and a strong foundation to pull your team through a crisis. Our Chief Innovation Officer (and Founder of the mission-driven digital agency Do Big Things), Cheryl Contee, sat with Fast Company to discuss the crisis management tips that brought her and her teams to success during the chaos of 2020. Read an excerpt below:

When you’re facing a crisis or an important inflection point for your organization, I recommend slowing down momentarily to take in the full scope and landscape of the problem you’re facing. Synthesize the new data in front of you, then…


My father was a physician and I accompanied him on his rounds. So I’ve had an interest in the medical field and helping people all my life. I majored in Marketing and English in college and started working at global medical device leader Medtronic, as a writer. There, I worked my way up to being a senior product marketing manager and was involved in launching three major products.

After Medtronic, I joined a non-profit, Magic Arms, as its executive director and helped create devices to assist children affected by arthrogryposis, an orphan medical condition, use their arms. …


Parna: What’s unique about your company?

Tanya: Goalsetter covers kids from cradle to graduation and is so much more than a kid’s debit card. We give newborns their first savings accounts that the whole family can contribute to. Five-year-olds can start taking our financial literacy quizzes, earning money from allowance, and receiving GoalCards instead of gift cards on birthdays and holidays — real money towards real dreams.

Eight-year-olds, tweens, and teens can get their first debit card, and use it to learn smart spending — literally. …


Let us imagine for a second that you were a loan manager at a well-respected bank. A trusted business partner, Maria, calls you.

Maria: “I would appreciate it if you could meet with my friends and loan them some money to buy a building. It is an excellent building, in a great neighborhood, but my friend is worried about people hearing of its availability. But if you will sign a NDA, promising never to discuss the building or the block the building is on, they will be happy to meet with you and discuss you loaning them money.”

I think…


With aspirations to become a doctor, Shaun Bagai, CEO of RenovoRx, had a transformative experience early on in his career that gave him the courage to decline medical school and set his sights on developing innovative solutions that positively impact people’s lives.

In this Q&A, Shaun and I explore his background, RenovoRx’s potential life-extending technology, and investor Barbara Clarke’s role in his company’s success.

So, let’s get started.

Parna: Tell me a little about your background?

Shaun: I was born in Canada and grew up in California, along with my two younger brothers. My parents are from India. My passion…


The Impact Seat’s President Barbara Clarke and Director of Entrepreneurship Terence Craig recently co-hosted a webinar that explored investment strategies and tips for entrepreneurs. Terence’s technical experience and Barbara’s expertise as an investor who has funded more than 60 companies and 12 funds — made this an insightful session.

Did you know, on average, 49 percent of software projects fail due to underperformance?

Here are some of their tips for early-stage companies and entrepreneurs:

  • Respect engineering momentum. Scrum and agile are key: Non-technical founders must recognize that small changes disrupt engineering momentum. With agile, the iterative development process that works…

Earlier this month the Women’s Health Innovation Summit brought together an international collection of investors, researchers, foundations, entrepreneurs and policymakers. It was four days jam packed with panels, mini sessions and networking. Many of the participants were familiar to me either directly or by reputation. There was a feeling of camaraderie which surprised me given the enormous scope of women’s health as an industry. And that’s when I realized that in some ways, women’s health is still treated like a niche market by the larger investment and research community. That needs to change.

Women comprise 52% of the world’s population…


We have seen a lot of AI pitches lately, particularly from non-technical founders.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly deep learning popularized by Google, has done and will continue to do amazing things. Still, there are certain constraints and requirements of d eep learning that make it very difficult for early-stage startups to take advantage of. Let us take a brief look at what deep learning is, and then we will discuss those constraints.

Deep learning is the basis for technologies that are fundamentally reshaping the ways we live, work, love, and war. Current applications of deep learning include machine vision, media…


Non-technical entrepreneurs can struggle with how to build out a technical team. At The Impact Seat, we help our portfolio companies navigate that growth. Whether it is going from idea to MVP or MVP to scale, we can demystify the process and set you up for success. Here’s a basic glossary. How many of these terms do you know and, more importantly, understand? What are some other terms you want clarified?

Agile/Scrum

A set of practices used in software project management that emphasizes daily communication and the flexible reassessment of plans that are carried out in short, iterative phases of work…

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