It was a beautiful Boston afternoon for our annual Strawberry Shortcake Social. We owe many of these traditions to Susan, our receptionist, who looks after us as superbly well as she does our guests. The gathering also served as a nice send-off for Team Axio before their flight to San Fran for a big week out in Silicon Valley. Mark (far right; member of our IT team), looks to be carefully eyeing up the bowl of strawberries and debating whether to go for seconds. Can’t say we blame him - it was delicious.

It was a beautiful Boston afternoon for our annual Strawberry Shortcake Social. We owe many of these traditions to Susan, our receptionist, who looks after us as superbly well as she does our guests. The gathering also served as a nice send-off for Team Axio before their flight to San Fran for a big week out in Silicon Valley. Mark (far right; member of our IT team), looks to be carefully eyeing up the bowl of strawberries and debating whether to go for seconds. Can’t say we blame him - it was delicious.

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Our bean bags just arrived in Cambridge and are already being put to immediate use.  A special thanks to Vanessa (one of our awesome receptionists) for ordering extra comfy ones that also look great in the office. Expect some in Menlo Park shortly.

Our bean bags just arrived in Cambridge and are already being put to immediate use.  A special thanks to Vanessa (one of our awesome receptionists) for ordering extra comfy ones that also look great in the office. Expect some in Menlo Park shortly.

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Julia Winn of MyBetterFit provided the below recap from our session with Eric Buehrens:

Selling new technologies isn’t something you can easily learn about from a Google search, and all I had heard on the subject before the session was “it’s a pain”.  A lot of people told me I would require a clinical trial, which might take years and cost millions of dollars.  Others had told me that because hospitals were so reluctant to update their infrastructure, any new product might need to be deployable on systems still using floppy disks.  

Mr. Eric Buehrens is the former CEO and interim president of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He opened by telling us about his background and how he came from being the Deputy Provost for Administration at Harvard University to working in Beth Israel.  He explained how his non-medical background was actually useful in the hospital setting —it gave him the perspective to question some of the inefficiencies and dangerous practices taken for granted by the rest of the staff.  Appallingly, a number of patients had the wrong body part operated on; because the correct appendage was marked with a pen, when the patient’s leg was shaved before the procedure the mark would often be removed.  Another memorable example was the two spinal surgeons whose medical schools had taught them to mark the vertebrate differently.  Lack of standardization with regards to medical procedures was the only problem, and one that could be remedied in a straightforward manner.

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Robbie Greenglass of Highland played a huge part in helping to make the Summer program in Cambridge a success.  From reviewing & vetting applications, working closely with teams throughout the summer, getting to know them better socially (those Monopoly games will be remembered for a long time), and being involved in so many of our events & activities, he was instrumental part of the experience.  Robbie took a moment to reflect on the summer below:

"Back in April, I walked in to a meeting at Highland after watching about 100 video submissions for our Summer@Highland program. With close to 300 applicants in total, we needed to split up the batch and start narrowing down the list to a handful of teams that are going to become our office mates for Summer. Having virtually met each team for only 3 or 4 minutes in a video, I had no idea what to expect when the summer actually started. Every summer has its surprises (like last summer when I got 11 people stuck in an elevator in NYC for over an hour), highs, lows, and most of all, an amazing amount of energy injected into Highland’s offices. While we had moved into our new Cambridge office last October, this summer was our first program in the new office. And at least for me, it was an amazing one!

From Day 1, Highland was transformed by the new members of our family. Our relatively quiet office in Kendall Square was turned into a co-working space with some incredibly bright new minds. The lights of the 16th floor stayed on much later into the night than usual…  For me, I got the chance to work with almost all of the teams here in Cambridge (those Handybook guys were always on the phone when I tried to stop by). And it has been one of the best experiences I have had so far at Highland.

I would usually take a stroll to see the teams a few times a week to see how everyone was doing. Here is the usual landscape: Our London Conference room was home to three teams. From team Webcred, Nam would usually be asleep on the air mattress (with JetBlue eye mask on), Connor in a daze because he was up all night teaching his college classmates how to code so they could come work for him.  Arye and Laura would be packing up their silver briefcase with Axio headbands to go demo their concentration monitoring device, all garbed out in Axio t-shirts and hoodies. Ilya would always be stressing that the Home Care space has way too much regulation in place, and Faheem, well, who knew where the hell Faheem was! 

Walking down the hall, we would get to the usually dark office of Team Wellframe. However, the darkness was not for lack of people in the office. These guys get the award for most all-nighters. And I am sure that will not be the only award these guys ever get as Jake, Trishan, Vinnie and Archit are about to hit the hospital market by storm with their new Cardiac rehab app.

Stepping out of the darkness and walking a little further down hall we would get to MyBetterFit. Ahh MyBetterFit. These guys really liked to redecorate their office. One day, a new couch appeared! Then, a second bean bag chair! And while there was sometimes the misunderstanding of what “This food is for Highland Partners Only” signs meant, MBF was hard at work building a next gen application for women choosing birth control (and if you ever need to find the good kind of Pop Chips or Pirates Booty, they would be hidden somewhere in their office).

Finally, we get to Handybook. As I said before, they were always on the phone! So, I never got to say hi. But they have an impressive amount of sticky notes on the glass door. So they got that going for them, which is nice.

The Summer@Highland teams turned our office into a bee hive of activity. With speakers in throughout the summer, trips to Martha’s Vineyard, late night games of Monopoly (Arye, don’t forget that I have future monopoly deals with you), and a lot of laughs, it was an amazing experience for me. It has truly been a pleasure to meet and work with every one of these teams. They are all an impressive group of entrepreneurs, and I only hope that our paths continue to cross. For me, the 100 days of summer flew by way too fast. I wish we could start all over again!”