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Silicon Valley Heavyweights Back Diabetes Startup Glooko

Posted by Tom Foremski - June 19, 2012

Glooko, a startup that lets people monitor their blood glucose levels using their iPhone, announced a who's who list of Silicon Valley backers, investing an undisclosed amount.

Glooko is founded by Yogen Dalal from veteran VC firm Mayfield. Its investors include:

- Chamath Palihapitiya, the first Vice President of User Acquisition at Facebook

- Bill Campbell, Chairman of Intuit and Board of Directors at Apple.

- Vint Cerf, VP & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google.

- Judy Estrin, former CTO of Cisco Systems, Board of Directors at Walt Disney Company and FedEx.

- Andy Hertzfeld, Software Wizard at Google and a member of the original Apple Macintosh development team.

- Venky Harinarayan, co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix (acquired by Walmart in 2011).

- Russell Hirsch, MD, Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners.

Glooko has tested the market with a soft launch in Europe and said its app is the first on the market to work with all popular glucose measurement devices. The company plans to soon add features that will share blood data with people's doctors.

Users require a special cable to retrieve their data from their blood monitoring devices. A wireless connection is not available.

So what's special about what looks to be a simple app that collects glucose data? Clearly, there's more to this investment than meets the eye.


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