Tales from the Trenches


Tales from the Trenches Interview Videos

Our Tales from the Trenches series, presented by ContextMedia and Pritzker Group Venture Capital, brings successful healthcare entrepreneurs to MATTER where they are interviewed by ContextMedia co-founder and CEO Rishi Shah. Watch the full interviews below, as entrepreneurs from across the healthcare ecosystem shared their paths to success in building a healthcare business. Want to learn more about our events, including upcoming Tales from the Trenches? Join our mailing list.

Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal of ContextMedia
August 11, 2016

We turned the tables at the most recent Tales From the Trenches and put Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal of ContextMedia in the hot seat. For an hour, Rishi and Shradha were interviewed by our CEO, Steven Collens, where they talked about building ContextMedia from the ground up, what the freedom of taking no venture capital money has allowed them, their vision for the next ten years, and the power of media. Watch the highlight video here or watch the full interview below.

Eric Langshur, Abundant Venture Partners Co-Founder
June 23, 2016

Eric Langshur, co-founder of AVIA and
Abundant Venture Partners, author of Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing, and serial entrepreneur, spoke with ContextMedia CEO Rishi Shah at MATTER’s popular Tales from the Trenches live interview series. The two friends talked about the importance of a strong company culture, how to maintain your “true north” in the middle of failure, and the art of personal well-being. Watch highlights from their conversation and read our summary.

David Jonas, PharMEDium founder and CEO
April 27, 2016

David Jonas sold his sterile compounding company PharMEDium to AmerisourceBergen for $2.7 billion. He sat down with Rishi to discuss his 35+ years of healthcare industry experience including hiring practices, the importance of service as well as product, and the staggeringly high stakes in healthcare. Watch the full interview below or read our summary.

Norbert Riedel and Joe Moskal, leaders of Naurex
March 16, 2016

MATTER board member and former Naurex CEO Norbert Riedel joined Rishi onstage along with Joe Moskal, the researcher behind the medical breakthroughs in treatment of depression that Naurex developed. The three discussed their disparate yet converging paths through healthcare, and how their collaboration can be a model for the ways in which academia can work with the private sector. Watch the full interview below or read our summary.

Griffin Myers, Oak Street Health chief medical officer
January 21, 2016

Dr. Griffin Myers of Oak Street Health joined us to discuss value-based care, how relationship-based care benefits both doctors and patients, his path from emergency medicine to entrepreneurship, and more. Watch the full interview below or read our summary.

Jeff Aronin, Marathon Pharmaceuticals CEO
November 18, 2015

MATTER board co-chairman and Marathon Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeff Aronin visited MATTER to discuss his tenure at Ovation Pharmaceuticals, which sold to Lundbeck for $900M in 2009, and his decision to found Marathon soon thereafter. Watch the interview below or read our summary.

Chris Hill, Spotlite CEO
October 26, 2015

Chris Hill was the CEO of Spotlite before it was acquired by Rally Health – he managed to sell Spotlite for profit only two years after founding it. Chris joined Rishi onstage to discuss his journey through entrepreneurship, the benefits and enrollment platform he built, and more. Watch the full interview below.

Glen Tullman, former Allscripts CEO
September 28, 2015

Glen Tullman, former CEO of Allscripts, spoke with Rishi about his entrepreneurial path, his personal drive, and his current business ventures, including his startup Livongo, which helps people live with and manage chronic conditions. Watch the full interview below or read our summary.

Mert Iseri, Swipesense CEO
May 26, 2015

Mert Iseri joined MATTER to talk about Swipesense, the product he began working on while an undergraduate at Northwestern. He discussed the process of building a product, completing a pilot, and finding customers and scaling. Watch the full interview below.