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Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | Year: 2015

Objectives: This study aimed to determine adjustments in spring-mass model characteristics, plantar loading and foot mobility induced by an exhaustive run. Design: Within-participants repeated measures. Methods: Eleven highly-trained adolescent middle-distance runners ran to exhaustion on a treadmill at a constant velocity corresponding to 95% of velocity associated with VO2max (17.8±1.4kmh-1, time to exhaustion=8.8±3.4min). Contact time obtained from plantar pressure sensors was used to estimate spring-mass model characteristics, which were recorded (during 30s) 1min after the start and prior to exhaustion using pressure insoles. Foot mobility magnitude (a composite measure of vertical and medial-lateral mobility of the midfoot) was measured before and after the run. Results: Mean contact area (foot to ground), contact time, peak vertical ground reaction force, centre of mass vertical displacement and leg compression increased significantly with fatigue, while flight time, leg stiffness and mean pressure decreased. Leg stiffness decreased because leg compression increased to a larger extent than peak vertical ground reaction forces. Step length, step frequency and foot mobility magnitude did not change at exhaustion. Conclusions: The stride pattern of adolescents when running on a treadmill at high constant velocity deteriorates near exhaustion, as evidenced by impaired leg-spring behaviour (leg stiffness) and altered plantar loading. © 2014 Sports Medicine Australia.


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Aspire Health | Date: 2015-07-13

Hats; Shirts. Educational services, namely, providing classes, seminars, workshops and training in the fields of movement, fitness, and physical therapy; Instruction in the field of movement competency in the field of fitness and athletics; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable publications in the nature of articles and instructional materials in the field of movement, fitness, and physical therapy. Physical therapy.


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Aspire Health | Date: 2014-12-31

Hats; Shirts. Education services, namely, providing classes, seminars, workshops and training in the field of movement, fitness, and physical therapy; Instruction in the field of movement competency in the field of fitness and athletics; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable publications in the nature of articles and instructional materials in the field of movement, fitness, and physical therapy. Physical therapy.


News Article | June 1, 2015
Site: www.finsmes.com

Aspire Health, a Nashville, Tennessee-based provider of home and outpatient-based palliative care, raised $15m in Series C funding. The round was led by Oak HC/FT. In conjunction with the funding, Annie Lamont, managing partner at Oak HC/FT, will join Aspire Health’s board of directors. The company intends to use the funds to invest in additional data analytics, IT infrastructure and growth into new markets. Co-founded by Senator Bill Frist and led by Brad Smith, chief executive officer, Aspire Health is a home and outpatient-based palliative care provider that operates a group of specialized physician practices that care for patients facing a serious illness. The company currently operates 11 palliative care practices across 16 cities in seven states and their existing healthcare partners include Cigna-HealthSpring, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Highmark, Humana and Aetna, among others.


News Article | June 2, 2015
Site: blogs.wsj.com

HireVue  has raised $45 million in Series E funding to expand its video interview platform, Lizette Chapman reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Technology Crossover Ventures participated in the round, as did previous investors Granite Ventures, Investor Growth Capital, Peterson Ventures, Rose Park Advisors and Sequoia Capital. In addition to video for interview, the service can analyze things such as voice pitch and word use. You can measure not only what they’re saying, but how they are saying it,” said Rodney Moses, vice president of global recruitment for Hilton Worldwide , which is a HireVue client. The company is looking to use the new funding to find more clients for its services. Aspire Health, a startup co-founded by former Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist that sends caregivers into the homes of patients with serious illnesses, has raised $15 million as it moves into new markets and invests in more data analytics. The Series C round was provided by new investor Oak HC/FT. Cylance, a cybersecurity startup, has named longtime former Intel executive Malcolm Harkins as its first chief information security officer, the company told Dow Jones VentureWire. Arsenal Medical and 480 Biomedical, which split off from each other in 2011, have raised a total of $26.5 million to develop respective treatments for abdominal trauma and vascular disease. Canary has raised a $30 million Series B round in a deal that points to how aggressively venture investors are funding hardware startups today. Walden Riverwood Ventures led the new round, with Cota Capital, Khosla Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, venture debt provider Western Technology Investment, and manufacturer Flextronics , participating. Lookout–a mobile security company that started in 2007, the same year that Apple Inc. launched the iPhone–is expanding its software from consumers to large companies to better protect everybody from mobile hackers. ELSEWHERE AROUND THE WEB: Ellen Pao Appeals in Sex-Discrimination Case Against Kleiner Perkins. Former venture capitalist Ellen Pao‘s attorneys have filed a notice to appeal her March loss to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a much-watched gender-discrimination trial, The Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Elder reports. The paperwork didn’t specify on what grounds Ms. Pao will appeal. Kleiner Perkins said in a statement, “a 12-member jury found decisively in favor of KPCB on all four claims. We remain committed to gender diversity in the workplace and believe that women in technology would be best served by focusing on this issue outside of continued litigation.” Coupa Valued at More Than $1 Billion in New Funding Round. Coupa Software has joined The Wall Street Journal’s Billion Dollar Startup Club with its newest $80 million funding round, the WSJ’s Timothy Hay reports. The company has cloud-based software that aims to help businesses save on the costs for goods, services and back-office operations. ‘Stealthy’ Big-Data Company Saama Emerges With $35 Million. It was in 1997 that Suresh Katta left Silicon Graphics to start Saama Technologies, a startup that focused on what now is called big data, the WSJ’s Deborah Gage reports. Now the company, which helps companies visualize data, has raised its first venture capital funding–$35 million from Carrick Capital Partners. Mr. Katta called the funding “coming out of stealth” despite the fact that the company claims more than 50 large customers that includes Cisco Systems and Delta Dental. Udemy Raises $65 Million Following Large Edtech Exits. Edtech startup Udemy has raised $65 million in Series D funding, the WSJ’s Lora Kolodny reports. The funding for the company follows noteworthy acquisitions in the sector, including LinkedIn‘s $1.5 billion acquisition of Lynda.com. The company’s service offers online instruction in subjects such as yoga, music and foreign languages. Write to Mike Billings at mike.billings@wsj.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mbillings


NASHVILLE, Tenn. & GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aspire Health (“Aspire”), the nation’s largest provider of home and outpatient-based palliative care announced $15 million in Series C funding. The investment was led by Oak HC/FT, a premier venture growth-equity fund focused on healthcare information and financial technology. “Demand for specialized medical care by patients facing a serious illness has increased rapidly in the U.S.,” said Annie Lamont, managing partner at Oak HC/FT. “Aspire Health is serving this important and growing segment of the healthcare market by delivering cost-effective, personalized palliative care services that patients and their families seek. We are excited to invest in their growth and support the continued expansion of palliative care in the U.S.” Brad Smith, chief executive officer of Aspire Health, added, “We are thrilled to partner with Oak HC/FT, which has one of the best track-records in the country at backing leading, high-growth healthcare companies. Their support will enable Aspire to invest in additional data analytics, IT infrastructure and growth into new markets.” The quality and cost of care for patients approaching the end of life has drawn increasing attention, with research showing that more than a quarter of Medicare expenditures go to care for patients in the last year of life. Aspire currently operates 11 palliative care practices across 16 cities in seven states and their existing healthcare partners include Cigna-HealthSpring, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Highmark, Humana and Aetna, among others. Since its founding in July 2013, Aspire has received an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 for patient satisfaction on internal customer surveys. Ms. Lamont, who ranked first among the leading healthcare investors on the 2015 Midas List, will join Aspire Health’s board of directors, which is chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, one of the ten most influential healthcare figures in the U.S., according to Modern Healthcare Magazine. Aspire Health is a home and outpatient-based palliative care provider that operates a group of specialized physician practices that care for patients facing a serious illness. Aspire was co-founded by Senator Bill Frist, a physician, and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional information on Aspire Health can be found at www.aspirehealthcare.com. Oak HC/FT (http://oakhcft.com/) is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services ("HC") and Financial Services Technology ("FT"). We are focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, business plan execution and access to our extensive network of industry leaders.


News Article | June 2, 2015
Site: www.strictlyvc.com

Top News in the A.M. All United Airlines flights in the U.S. were grounded this morning for nearly an hour over “dispatching information.” Wired has more here. Bessemer’s Byron Deeter on the Future of Cloud Companies Like many venture firms, Bessemer Venture Partners provides all manner of perks for its CEOs, including a day of race-car driving and wine tasting. Today, in San Francisco, the firm will be providing its CEOs with a different kind of perk. Together with Salesforce Ventures, Bessemer is hosting a day-long “cloud” summit that brings together CEOs backed by the two outfits to share best practices, let them learn from each other, and to dazzle them with speakers like quarterback-turned-investor Steve Young and the futurist Ray Kurzweil. Yesterday, we caught up with longtime Bessemer partner Byron Deeter, who organized the event, and who has led deals in numerous high-flying cloud companies — including the online storage service Box, the app-building software service Twilio, and the digital signatures specialist DocuSign – to learn more. What are you hoping these CEOs will learn today? Part of the event is just understanding where we are. Analysts are now predicting that midway through next year, the majority of application revenue in [customer relationship management] will be cloud-based, which is a tipping point we’ve long been predicting. More broadly, we’ve beentracking public cloud companies for a while now, and based on our data analysis, we’ve come to believe this group will have a combined market cap of half a trillion dollars by 2020, up from $180 billion today — which is itself up from $40 billion three years ago. As an investor looking to make two bets per year, roughly, where are you spending your time? What sub themes do you think are most interesting right now? I’ve personally been most active in industry cloud and enterprise mobile, which is finally coming of age. Industry cloud is really this notion of the “verticalization” of software and the opportunity for a large vendor like Veeva [which makes cloud-based software for the life sciences industry] or Athena Health [which provides its customers with electronic health records, revenue cycle management, and more] or Shopify [which juggles all kinds of store management issues for its retailer customers] to create dedicated [cloud-based] software for a dedicated industry group. And these models can have massive success. And enterprise mobile? We have to admit that long-suffering Good Technology [among the first startups to provide email access via mobile devices] still springs to mind whenever we hear those words. We founded Visto [which acquired Good in 2009 and took its name] at Bessemer [in 1996]. Early investors lost money, but out of the wreckage has emerged a valuable business. It represents some of the challenges of entering a market before it’s ready. Being early is the same as being wrong if you’re just too aggressive and run out of money before the market comes to you. Now, with the penetration of smart phones, internet usage is tipping to mobile and empowering a workforce of people who have smart phones but don’t sit in front of a PC all day. And this is just the early days of that opportunity. Privately held cloud companies are trading at multiples well above their public market counterparts. It’s about double the public company multiples for the hottest late-stage private companies, which is unusual in that private companies used to trade at a discount to public comps because they were illiquid. Does this now years-long trend concern you? Well, it’s very hard to lead new investments in late-stage cloud companies because many are priced to perfection. You have all these groups – late stage investors, private equity investors, crossover public investors – that want exposure to hypergrowth and that are being aggressive about it, and they’re combining to drive up valuations. In many cases, they’ve been rewarded for their actions, too, with very positive, profitable returns. But companies are also staying private longer as a result. I think you need to disconnect the two. Investors can invest at any stage and, within reason, still have very positive results. That’s separate from when the company chooses to go public. Does it make sense to wait [on an IPO]? I do think companies are overthinking it and waiting too long. When they have strong businesses with proven business models, waiting to grow from $2 billion to $10 billion in market cap makes less sense. Many are staying private for the right reasons, though, [such as] to work through business model and strategic issues. Bessemer is the largest shareholder in Pinterest. Does it make sense for Pinterest to go public any time soon? It doesn’t. Pinterest is still refining its business model, and that’s best done as a private company, where you can take a lot of risk and not have to report on every action in a public setting.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. & GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aspire Health (“Aspire”), the nation’s largest provider of home and outpatient-based palliative care announced $15 million in Series C funding. The investment was led by Oak HC/FT, a premier venture growth-equity fund focused on healthcare information and financial technology. “Demand for specialized medical care by patients facing a serious illness has increased rapidly in the U.S.,” said Annie Lamont, managing partner at Oak HC/FT. “Aspire Health is serving this important and growing segment of the healthcare market by delivering cost-effective, personalized palliative care services that patients and their families seek. We are excited to invest in their growth and support the continued expansion of palliative care in the U.S.” Brad Smith, chief executive officer of Aspire Health, added, “We are thrilled to partner with Oak HC/FT, which has one of the best track-records in the country at backing leading, high-growth healthcare companies. Their support will enable Aspire to invest in additional data analytics, IT infrastructure and growth into new markets.” The quality and cost of care for patients approaching the end of life has drawn increasing attention, with research showing that more than a quarter of Medicare expenditures go to care for patients in the last year of life. Aspire currently operates 11 palliative care practices across 16 cities in seven states and their existing healthcare partners include Cigna-HealthSpring, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Highmark, Humana and Aetna, among others. Since its founding in July 2013, Aspire has received an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 for patient satisfaction on internal customer surveys. Ms. Lamont, who ranked first among the leading healthcare investors on the 2015 Midas List, will join Aspire Health’s board of directors, which is chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, one of the ten most influential healthcare figures in the U.S., according to Modern Healthcare Magazine. Aspire Health is a home and outpatient-based palliative care provider that operates a group of specialized physician practices that care for patients facing a serious illness. Aspire was co-founded by Senator Bill Frist, a physician, and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional information on Aspire Health can be found at www.aspirehealthcare.com. Oak HC/FT (http://oakhcft.com/) is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services ("HC") and Financial Services Technology ("FT"). We are focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, business plan execution and access to our extensive network of industry leaders.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Contessa Health announced today the addition of Aaron Stein as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Aaron will lead all of Contessa Health’s market operations, including expanding operations across the nation to help providers deliver high quality care in patients’ homes. “Aaron brings a robust combination of operating experience and strategic vision,” said Travis Messina, Contessa Health’s Chief Executive Officer. “His history leading population health and patient engagement efforts will prove valuable as we advance our hospital-level care at home model and continue to enhance the patient experience.” Contessa Health is a leader in successfully operating patient-centered prospective bundled payment programs through a care model that delivers hospital-level care in the comfort of patient’s homes. “It’s an honor to join the Contessa Health team,” said Aaron Stein, Chief Operating Officer. “Contessa’s hospital-level care at home model coupled with a prospective bundled payment program fills a unique gap in healthcare delivery while reducing costs. I’m excited to have the opportunity to truly enhance the patient’s experience and bring value to our partnerships.” Aaron has more than 20 years of healthcare experience. Most recently, Aaron served as the Chief Strategy Officer of Aspire Health where he led the company’s efforts in strategy, centralized clinical operations and patient engagement. Prior to Aspire, Aaron was President for Evolent Health’s Mid-Atlantic Region, where he operated commercial and Medicare Advantage plans and the region’s population health program. In addition, he held national and regional leadership roles with UnitedHealth Group. Contessa Health is a leading healthcare company that operates patient-centered prospective bundled payment programs by partnering with payers and providers. We create and manage episodic risk arrangements by leveraging managed services, our proprietary analytics and claims platform, ContradoClaim®, and evidence-based clinical protocols. Contessa Health aims to make the healing experience enjoyable, both for those receiving care and for those delivering care. With our clinical model, ContessaCare™, providers are able to deliver hospital-level care to patients in the comforts of their homes without an administrative burden.

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