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As we settle into a world where shopping and doctor's visits are a cause for trepidation, we look at how our everyday habits are changing. Rachel Uranga reports on the rapid surge in the use of telemedicine. Remote check-ups could save doctors' lives and patients' time, and vastly reduce the amount of personal protective gear needed in hospitals. So why aren't we doing more of it? A new report on grocery delivery apps finds that consumers are drastically changing how they shop and suggests that the shift may be permanent.

Jesse Draper, founding partner at Halogen VC, has a few suggestions for early-stage startup leaders. Read more below.

Come watch our first startup pitch showcase tomorrow! We're focusing on three companies working to make life during the coronavirus pandemic better for us all. The event is free, but space is limited, so registration is required.

How Telemedicine Can Save Lives and Protective Equipment

Hospitals have begun to deploy technology from smartphones and computers to remote patient monitoring tools in an effort to limit COVID-19 exposure. At the same time, jittery patients are flocking to companies that offer remote services, rather than risk going into an infected doctor's office. But telehealth has its limits and doctors can't diagnose everything via a screen. Read more >>

Jesse Draper: 3 Things Startup Founders Should Be Doing Now

Jesse Draper, founding partner at venture capital firm Halogen VC, offers some advice to early-stage startup founders under duress during this pandemic. First, have a look at your Plan B and Plan C, reprioritize and, finally, create a culture of remote working. And stay calm. Read her tips here >>

Are Grocery Delivery Apps Here to Stay?

Instacart, Amazon Fresh, Walmart delivery, and Postmates. Has the pandemic created an inflection point for online grocery shopping? A recent study found one-third of respondents had made their first online grocery purchase in the past month. The report also finds the COVID-19 crisis is creating new consumer habits that are likely to stick around. Read more >>

Watch Our First Startup Pitch Showcase Tomorrow!

Join us as we host our first virtual pitch showcase on Thursday, April 9th at 11:00 am PST. We will be featuring three emerging companies aiming to have a positive impact on the current COVID-19 crisis.

Founders from Flowly, Shared Harvest Fund, and Meal Share will be pitching to Southern California's investor and tech community. Techstars LA's Anna Barber and our own co-founder, Spencer Rascoff, will judge the competition. Register here - space is limited!

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