Independa Closes Convertible Note Funding at $2.35 Million

May 12, 2012
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Independa Closes Convertible Note Funding at $2.35 Million


with Kian Saneii


Kian Saneii, a veteran technology entrepreneur, founded Independa to develop easy, integrated technology solutions to help our growing elderly population age in place and joins the show to talk about Independa's recent funding news.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kian Saneii discuss the following:

  • Congratulations on securing additional investments. How much new funding did Independa raise, and what does that bring total investments to?
  • Who supported the new funding round?
  • What makes Independa attractive to investors?  Can you give us a recap of recent milestones?
  • How will Independa use the new investment?
  • How is Independa leveraging emerging trends in wireless healthcare?
  • Do you have a closing tip for other startups that offer telehealth or telecare?


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About Independa, Inc.


Independa offers integrated technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides holistic solutions that seamlessly operate across otherwise not connected devices, such as telephones, tablets, touchscreen computers and TVs. Services include medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.


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Links:

Web: http://www.independa.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/independa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Independa

Leading causes of hospital readmissions with Lily Sarafan

April 23, 2012
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Leading causes of hospital readmissions


with Lily Sarafan


Lily Sarafan is the co-author of three books on aging and healthy longevity and President of Home Care Assistance joins the show.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Lily Sarafan discuss the following:

  • What is one of the leading causes of hospital readmissions or slow post-hospitalization recovery?
  • How does in-home care help reduce avoidable hospital readmissions?
  • What are a few helpful tips for families planning for a hospital discharge?
  • What is the difference between a skilled nursing facility and in-home care? Which is the more effective option for post-hospitalization care and recovery?
  • I noticed that Home Care Assistance has an exclusive Balanced Care Method training program for caregivers. What is the Balanced Care Method and how does it help improve a patient's recovery?


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Lily Sarafan is a leading advocate on senior care, healthy longevity and aging in place. She passionately drives and advances the mission of changing the way the world ages. As President of Home Care Assistance, Lily has led the Company's expansion across North America and oversees day-to-day operations including identity and strategy, special initiatives, expansion and business development. Lily has been featured by over 100 media outlets ranging from ABC to Smart Money to Forbes. She is also co-author of Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life (June 2009), The Handbook on Live-in Care: A Guide for Caregivers (August 2011), From Hospital to Home Care: A Step-by-Step Guide to Providing Care for Patients Post-Hospitalization (January 2012). Lily received Masters (Management Science and Engineering) and Bachelors degrees from Stanford University.


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Links: www.homecareassistance.com


Technology solutions to help our growing elderly population with Independa

April 12, 2012
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Technology solutions to help our growing elderly population with Independa


with Kian Saneii


Kian Saneii, a veteran technology entrepreneur, founded Independa to develop easy, integrated technology solutions to help our growing elderly population age in place and joins the show to talk about how it is working.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kian Saneii discuss the following:

  • What is Independa, and what services do you offer?
  • What sets Independa apart from other companies that provide telecare for the elderly?
  • Why do you think that telehealth is growing so quickly?  What issues does it address for older adults who want to remain independent, and for their caregivers?
  • What are the major obstacles to wider adoption of remote monitoring and social engagement, particularly for the elderly?
  • How do you see the future of telehealth moving?


Tip: Telehealth needs to be integrated and holistic. Both caregivers and those who receive care need a simple, one-stop solution.

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Kian Saneii combines expertise as a computer scientist and experience as a software executive with passion for bringing transformational technologies to market. He founded Independa in 2009 to develop and deliver products and services that help caregivers enable the rapidly growing elderly population to remain independent longer, more safely  and more comfortably. Featured in the March 2012 issue of Entrepreneur, he has led the company’s creation of a comprehensive, easy-to-use suite of Integrated CloudCare solutions.


Previously, Saneii was General Manager of Websense Wireless, responsible for launching and growing the wireless division from the ground up, including developing new carrier-centric technology and product lines, and establishing new global distribution partners. As Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Websense, Inc., he redefined the company’s market positioning and helped guide it to global market dominance. In addition to his responsibility for all aspects of global marketing, Saneii oversaw strategy, mergers and acquisitions, OEM sales, and business development. As the founding GM of Websense Wireless, Saneii expanded the company’s vision to encompass the wireless revolution from a new perspective, and established Websense Wireless as a carrier-grade supplier of transformational technologies to the telco/wireless ecosystem worldwide.


Before joining Websense, Saneii served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at IPNet Solutions. In this role, he helped B2B supply chain businesses convert from using EDI to using secure supply chain collaboration and communication systems – introducing real-time information flow and eliminating significant waste throughout the chain.


Prior to his IPNet Solutions role, Saneii served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for IMA, Inc., focusing on CRM solutions. Saneii transformed IMA’s call center solutions into customer interaction centers by integrating all customer interactions and data, redefining the entire market sector.


Earlier in his career, Saneii held management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM).


Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, cum laude, from New York University, where he made Phi Beta Kappa and received the President’s Award. He earned a Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University.


He has played NCAA Division 1 Soccer, was Chief Driving Instructor for BMW Car Club of America’s New York Chapter, and has a Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. Saneii lives in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with his wife and two sons.


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Links: www.independa.com