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Melissa Thompson is the CEO and Founder of TalkSession, Inc., an online counseling platform in beta mode, that will connect users with highly credible mental-health professionals using proprietary algorithm matching.

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Smarty Pants: Sensor-Laden Fabrics Shape Future Apparel

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Smart fabrics are coming en masse, using the human body as a canvas for creativity and technological ingenuity.

For many, our first memories of smart clothing was the Hypercolor t-shirt, the 1991's one-hit wonder made from thermochromatic pigments that enabled the fabric to magically change from light to dark colors...

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Dad 2.0: Father's Day Top Tech Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Give the gift of connection this Father's Day with stylish, cutting-edge tech gifts to compliment quality time with Dad. Here are 7 Dad 2.0 gift picks for 2014.

For the Mad Scientist (or Gourmand): Deluxe Molecular Gastronomy Kit

If Dad fancies himself to be the next Ferran Adrìa, this...

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Mother's Day 2.0: Top 5 Tech Gifts for Moms

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Give the gift of connection this Mother's Day with cutting-edge tech gifts -- from in-the-womb baby monitoring to app-enabled massages on-demand. Here are five Mom 2.0 gift picks.

1. For the Mom-To-Be: Bellabeat Interactive Baby Heart Monitor

It's never too early to start the Mother's Day tradition. For the expectant...

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Caregivers: The Unsung (and Quietly Suffering) Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 12:05 PM

"The World's Toughest Job" online job advertisement led to a viral video compilation of the 24 applicants interviews. The candidates vied for a position described to offer 135-hour workweeks, no vacations, no breaks, no pay and required degrees in medicine, the culinary arts and finance. (Spoiler alert) While...

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10 Ways to Winning in 2014: An Entrepreneurs' Guide to Startup Success

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:46 PM

2014 will be a formative year for new business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs. For those would-be entrepreneurs debating the startup leap? There is no time like the present. For current founders, in our hyper-pressurized worlds of being incubated, accelerated, and constantly switching modes between pitching and executing, how do we...

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10 Tech Necessities for Travel: Stay Grounded While Up in the Air

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 3:37 PM

Travel interrupts our naturally scheduled programming and is an easy scapegoat for not maintaining our health, productivity or communication. Don't let a change of scenery spoil your New Year's resolutions -- gear up for 2014 with these 10 apps and gadgets to help make your travel experiences exciting and productive.

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Make More in New York? What De Blasio as Mayor Means for NYC Startups

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Bill de Blasio's historic win this week in the NYC mayoral election puts the Brooklynite at the helm of Silicon Alley amid a thriving digital renaissance. The startup community has responded to the incoming leader with cautious optimism. De Blasio has been hailed as an excellent listener. Given the large...

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Startup Series: 5 Reasons Why an Entrepreneur's Network Is the Ultimate Asset

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Nurture your network; maintain your relationships. It is the innate power of a good founder's network that will turn napkins into products and products into successful businesses.

Recently, I was honored to attend StartUp Health's Healthcare Transformer Summit, co-located with Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit. Thirty startups from...

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Frictionless Health: The Top 5 Reasons the Future of Healthcare Will Be Mobile

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 12:22 PM

In the future, healthcare will be largely in our hands. Here are the top five reasons why the future of healthcare will lie in mobile technology:

1) Evolution: Mobile phones, are just "phones."

Our smartphones hold incredible power and functionality. We no longer have to dig through our belongings to...

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The Well Workforce: Healthy Equals Wealthy and Wise (With a Little Investment)

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Remember founding father Ben Franklin's advice that ends in, "Healthy, wealthy and wise?" There is no place where the interconnectedness of those very attributes Franklin championed are more evident than in the workforce. Not only will a mentally healthy workforce directly translate to direct benefits for the American worker, it...

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Let's End the Stigma of Mental Illness

(9) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look behind you. Look in front of you. One of the people you just saw has been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Many people ask why I started TalkSession. I left a career on Wall Street, got an...

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Freud Would Build an App for That: Bringing Modern Tech to an Analog Practice

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 5:49 PM

In the early years of their friendship, Sigmund Freud once said to his younger colleague Karl Jung: "I've only opened the door... it is for men like you to walk through it."

The door is wide open; frameworks have been built; and now advances in neuroscience and new technologies...

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Phablet, Schmablet: Let's Refocus on Real Innovation

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:24 PM

This week Samsung delivered a flash-mob style performance in Times Square ahead of its Galaxy S4 device unveiling tonight at Radio City Music Hall. Literally, turning the U.S. wireless communication competition into a circus. In another limited-edition special, Apple's VP of Marketing, Paul Schiller, defended Apple's products and pointed out...

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Five Digital Health Trends of 2013: Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Health care needs fixing. Regulations stunt innovation, people are uninsured or underinsured, physicians' are mired in red tape, and politically driven laws have unintended effects on the health care system.

Despite the regulatory difficulties, 2013 will surely be an exciting year for health care. I predict that we will...

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Love and Giving Aren't Green: Start-ups & Corporate Social Impact

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Once a year New York City is overcome at 5 p.m. with color-blocked swarms of people donning shiny new running sneakers; people whose eyes are still glued to their BlackBerrys monitoring the market close; an assembly of ethnically-balanced, clean-cut 22- to 45-year-olds wearing a version of the shirt, "JPMorgan Corporate...

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