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Knowing when your loved one needs you

by Yishai Knobel,

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“It’s not just for me, it’s for HER”, Bethany pointed at her 6-year-old daughter who was having lunch with us outside HelpAround’s offices last week.  “If my sugars ever go too low and I pass out, I would want her to press ONE big button on the iPad in order to alert my husband, my mom, and our neighbor”.

Since we developed Diabetes Helpers, we’ve seen thousands of strangers stepping up to help each other, but we also learned how much fear our users have to cope with.  We came to realize how imperative it is for anyone to get a hold of the people they trust the most, in times of distress. This is why we built Alert.

The app is very simple:  pressing a big red button or shaking the phone allows anyone to alert and conference-in the people they trust.  And we designed it not only for the diabetes community, but for anyone living or caring for someone at risk of experiencing physical or emotional distress:  Asthma attacks,  severe allergic reactions,  addiction relapses, panic attacks, dementia-related confusions, Crohn’s flare ups, and the list goes on and on. In all of these moments, our fine motor skills deteriorate and our thinking can become muddled, which makes it difficult to properly navigate a smartphone.  So we made it as easy as a shake of the phone to send an alert.

We hope you like it, and we hope it makes you feel safer and closer to the most trusted people in your lives.

— Yishai & Team HelpAround

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Alert is available for download on iOS, and Android mobile phones.

 

 

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HelpAround Digital Health Startup joins as first member of SOSA Tel-Aviv Startup Community

by Yishai Knobel,

It was designed to facilitate the discovery and matching of people who can help each other but otherwise wouldn’t be able to. No, we’re not talking about HelpAround – we’re talking about SOSA, where the app was created and is expanding every day!

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4 Top Ways to Support a Diabetic Family Member

by Yishai Knobel,

You have diabetes.

It’s a diagnosis that brings feelings of denial, anger, and fear – not only to the new patients but also to their friends and family. People want to help, but they often do not know what to do when faced with such a life-changing event.

Below, we have compiled the best information and resources for people who want to know how to help friends and loved ones who suffer from diabetes.

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Helpful Mafias at MIT Dorms

by Yishai Knobel,

One of MIT’s graduate student dorms is a 28-story building at the east most part of MIT. It is called Eastgate.
Not unlike other graduate housing complexes, Eastgate boasts mostly foreign families, and understandably for immigrant students in a new country, they would always have each other’s backs.

So we had several “mafias” in the building: Latin, Chinese, Israeli, Indian, etc. And when a poll would go out to pick the next movie for the communal DVD library, the Israeli mafia would call up its members to make sure their desired genre is selected…

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Using Ad-Tech to Help You Out (from FastCoExist)

by Yishai Knobel,

Originally posted on FastCoExist: “Using Advertising Technology To Data-Mine Your Social Network To Help You Out”
Big companies know a lot about you. They know if you’re pregnant. They know if you’re moving out of town. And they know if you’re starting a new job. Don’t believe it? A New York Times article from 2012 describes the eerie science of analyzing and extrapolating information from consumer habits.
Shlomi Aflalo, a veteran of that morally grey world of advertising technology, wants to use all of the data analytics methods he learned in the industry to do some good in the world. So he teamed up with Yishai Knobel, the former director of mobile health at Diabetes tech startup AgaMatrix, to createHelparound, a company that data-mines everyone in your Twitter and Facebook social network to figure out who can help you with whatever you need done–whether it’s a handyman to fix your toilet or someone nearby who has a spare painkiller.

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Re: Is Ownership Just a Hack?

by Yishai Knobel,

Our mission at HelpAround is to make everyday sharing of resources a reality. This is why we took Paul’s challenge on Twitter very personally:

Will ownership turn out to be largely a hack people resorted to before they had the infrastructure to manage sharing properly?

So to be clear, we don’t think that ownership in itself is a hack (or else, who would we borrow from?). Rather, mass ownership of everyday resources could turn out to be a hack.

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What Airbnb can learn from the Kibbutz and from the Shtetl

by Yishai Knobel,

Let me start off with an assertion: Resource Sharing in the community can happen every day, multiple times a day.

Last week I was invited by the awesome Lisa Gansky to presentHelpAround at Mesh2013, with Robin Chase, Seth Godin and others. I shared the types of community behaviors my co-founder Shlomi and I have observed around us, and that influence our product decisions at HelpAround.

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