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January 29, 2009


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Well (ha!) put Mark! As a fellow ex-welltopian, I can confirm that I had a very similar experience. Some very good people worked there which I am happy to count as friends...


I heard the founders are being moved to Virginia? Out of town on a rail, I say! Good riddance to bad rubbish! I expect Ron to run for congress next. Dave will probably get lost in the wrong part of D.C. and never be heard from again.


Ron Gutman had my trust and lost it. It appears that my experience was more the rule than the exception. I know he believes that I contributed to the process, and I have no interest in looking back. Ultimately, I don't begrudge him his "success" in the current incarnation of his company, but it seems like, once again, many people feel stepped on in the process. Maybe this is the only way to be successful, but I have a hard time accepting that as fact.


Ron, thank you for your comment. I just wanted to let you know that I did get a reply to my email. I'm going to continue to post the "conversation" as well as I can.

Be well!


Not "team players"? You mean, not slaves to the boss?

I don't want team players working for me. I want creative, independent minds who can make us all a lot of money, not robots.

D White

I was just doing some research to target them as a potential client but this makes me think twice. I know there are two sides to every story, but this article raises enough concern for me to steer clear. There is too much at stake in my type of work where trust is at the heart of it.


Wellsphere players are at it again with new venture healthtap

L. Murphy

I was wondering whether in the intervening 2+ years since you wrote this, any new information or reflections have changed your (rather harsh) opinion of Ron Gutman? Management is not easy, especially at a startup, and perhaps he was just inexperienced at management back when you worked with him?


Yeah what's the scoop on HealthTap. Has Ron reformed? Those phallic persona icons creep me out. What's the business model?


I have some questions I would love to ask you offline. Drop me an email if you can. Thanks.

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