Emissary

Destination healthcare you can trust

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#3 Product of the DayMarch 24, 2014
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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Hey Jon! As you know, I love what you're doing. This is quite different from your background in gaming. Do you want to share how you came up with the idea?
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan HowardMakerHiring@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
Sure! Actually my background is pretty broad. I've worked as varied jobs as Veterinary Hospital Assistant, to GPS Satellite programmer, and the startup I started/sold before moving to SF was in consumer internet/politics. I really just like working with great people on important things. I became interested in this when a friend told me his mom had saved tens of thousands by having her arthritis treatment in India. Everything kind of 'clicked' then: * I've had ER treatment in Canada before, * I had chicken pox in Israel as a kid. * I've had great care in the US and I've also had very negative experiences. (over charging, insurance denying claims, medicare almost got my grandma kicked out of her nursing home...) When I started looking into it, it looked like the time was right for a consumer-first competitor that takes advantage of the latest "software eating the world" tech, as Andreessen called it, which is right up my cofounders' and my alley.
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan HowardMakerHiring@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
Hey all, I'm a software engineer and artist by training, currently CoFounder/CEO of Emissary. We're on a mission to revolutionize healthcare by removing geographic restrictions from the highest quality providers. Ryan suggested I do an AMA, so here I am! Sorry the mobile platform is still in beta (partners & patients only), but the service is live. Happy to chat about either one!
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan HowardMakerHiring@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
BTW, I should clarify: while the cost savings makes it a no-brainer, the real problem we're solving is trust. We liken the industry to staying at a stranger's house before AirBnB, or hitching a ride before Uber. There were competitors before (couchsurfing, cabulous) but it's really trust (supply-side vetting, transparency, ratings, insurance, etc) enabling everything else they do so well.
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☕️@colbyh · building stuff @ getbevel.com
This is going to be a huge market in the coming years, tons of respect for stepping out in front of the trend.