A Bug of the Travel Variety
Amanda Brief writes about running [around for] my.Flow in various locations around the country and globe.
After returning in May from China and a brief stint in Bulgaria, I was pretty excited to stay put for a while. But the best I could do was stay domestic. Returning back to the US after over three months had me flying an extra three thousand miles back to my former home (and still at least part of my heart’s home), NYC, for my.Flow’s press tour. There, I talked with and demoed my.Flow for six journalists, most of whom would go on to write articles - of varying positivity - about us that would then spiral into over a hundred more publications worldwide within the following weeks. I was lucky enough to get to see the 9/11 Memorial and climb the new Freedom Tower for one of my interviews, which was incredibly emotional for me as a New Yorker. Our wonderful PR firm, Proper Propaganda, broke the news the day our embargo lifted that we had “broken the internet” :-). Then it was back to my current home, SF, for the culmination of our HAX program: Demo Day. Just about everyone I lived with in China was there, devotedly supporting one another, and with six fellow HAX buddies crashing on the futon in my studio apartment due to exorbitant costs out here on Best Coast, it was an acutely bittersweet end to our time together.
I then catapulted into pitch mode within the Bay Area, and just a couple of weeks later on a tip, headed to check out the sprouting Boulder-Denver area, known for its growing healthcare tech community. I made some great connections there at a TechStars event, such as with the ladies of Revolar and Prima-Temp, and got some pretty amazing nature time in too (which also was a driving force behind my move to Cali in the first place), and was back for a bit less than one week before I headed back East to NY. There I gave and received some long overdue family and friend hugs, met with a potential tampon manufacturing partner in NYC, and onboarded our first medical advisor, Dr. Jonathan Jakus, Chief of OBGYN at the hospital where I was born! Full Circle...Full Cycle...Period. Maybe that was a stretch...
My domestic travel for the early-mid summer culminated at a healthcare informatics conference speaking gig in Louisiana (YT video forthcoming!), where I was lucky enough to meet some of the cleverest minds in healthcare from around the US, and get some immensely helpful feedback on our product and market. By this point I was beginning to think of the inside of the economy class cabin as my new, albeit cramped, home - the airline safety videos were often featured in my dreams and nightmares alike. Finally, I am back home in SF and staying put for a few weeks, hard at work to make our monitor into the revolution we know it will be.
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