Reflecting on 2020 and thinking of 2021 reminded me of my favorite scientist (and super funny guy) Albert Einstein, who when asked for life advice once answered: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

It’s remarkable how almost a century later, Einstein’s words of wisdom are still so relevant! There’s so much to learn from 2020, both from the mistakes we made, but also from the silver lining that these challenging “clouds” brought with them. …

The year to remember and the people to (not) forget

2020 was definitely one to remember! Change seems to have been the only constant this year, and chaos became just a “New Normal” 😅 Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, with multiple vaccines approved and now administered to healthcare workers and the elderly, I thought it might be a good time for to embark on an (almost) nostalgic hindsight-2020 journey (or shall I say hindsigh 2020 😉)

What Started in January as a Novel Coronavirus Epidemic in China moved in lightning speed and turned into…

There is still so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving even with all the chaos 2020 has presented us with. Above all I’d like to thank you for reading this piece and for being part of my life, and appreciate you for doing so much good in the world. I truly hope you and continue to smile amid everything that’s happening :)

One of the greatest gifts this unprecedented year has given me, and people around me, is a new perspective on the things we’ve been taking for granted for too long. …

COVID-19 has shaken us out of complacency, disrupting our lives and catalyzing a “new normal.” In this new reality of distancing, remote work, and a major shift to digital channels, the delivery of and access to health and care solutions has become a challenge. Not so fun, to say the least, but the flip side of the coin is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to push the “refresh button” and embark on a journey to a happier, healthier life. Lockdowns left us with no choice but trying, engaging, and getting used to a new world of Virtual Health and Wellness available at…

It’s time to provide non-contagious means to diagnose and care for COVID-19

After paying a considerable economic price and human toll, the Chinese people claim to be on track to slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in Wuhan province. That’s encouraging, and may be another reason we don’t need to panic, but it’s also a good time for the rest of the world to wake up and learn quickly from the early mistakes the Chinese made when they got caught off-guard. It’s time to see what was missing in China and prepare better for a Coronavirus that’s now rapidly spreading worldwide scrambling so many aspects of our lives.

Constant learning and pattern recognition have helped our species live long and flourish. On the path to winning over COVID-19, just like in other challenges that humanity has faced on its way to prosperity, panic and fear are just going to create more problems — whereas action and hope would get this nuisance out of the way much quicker. Pattern recognizing, we need to start testing at scale, effective immediately, and implement digital means like telehealth that will allow people to get triaged remotely and access care without leaving their homes.

But even before we move to act as a…

Now that Coronavirus has reached pandemic proportions (according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading expert on Coronavirus), and that we’ve already established here yesterday that (while we need to take this new threat seriously) there’s no reason to panic, it’s time to be practical and figure out what we actually need to personally DO about this tiny (yet sometimes barbaric) virus. It’s actually pretty simple:

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Following the media and the public panic around Coronavirus in the past few days, I feel that it’s a good time to put things in proportions and move the conversations to one of numbers and facts so we can all calm down and focus on dealing with what’s important.

I started following COVID-19 (AKA the novel Coronavirus) in mid January while working on our LL&F Club event at Stanford University. Unfortunately, even back then it evolved to become a good candidate for the Risk Mitigation Pillar of Living Long and Flourishing. To understand it better, I brought together world class…

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Healthy curiosity and a real passion for exploration / adventure has been in the DNA of our Live Long & Flourish Club (LL&F) since its inception.

When we first heard about Dr. Michael Snyder’s work (the renowned chair of the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, and the director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine) we were thrilled. We thought: here’s a great fellow explorer who would be super-interesting to learn from about his work in academia and beyond, and a lot of fun to hang out with too.

Ron Gutman

Inventor, investor, serial technology & healthcare entrepreneur, Stanford lecturer. Constant learning smiling and caring for others help me remain an optimist

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