CHICAGO, IL June 29, 2015 – At the 2015 ICX Association Excellence Awards, The Interactive Customer Experience Association recognized 15 winners in the categories of digital signage, kiosk & self-service and mobile, as applied across multiple vertical markets. ContextMedia proudly took home the Best Kiosk/Self-Service Healthcare Deployment award for its work on the ContextMedia Exam Room Tablet. ContextMedia’s distribution of the tablet has scaled rapidly, and the company has plans to launch a total of 25,000 tablets to the field over the 2015 calendar year. The awards, judged by a panel of 24 industry experts, recognize achievement in the use of technology to create outstanding customer experiences.
Scott Slucher, Executive Director of the ICX Association, stated, “It’s encouraging to me to see so much good work being done with technology to create transcendent customer experiences.”
Travis Kemp, Product Operations Manager of ContextMedia (pictured), accepted the award on behalf of ContextMedia. Click here to read the full press release from the ICX awards.
Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal speak at Techweek 2015
Posted on June 25th, 2015
CHICAGO, IL June 25, 2015 – Techweek Chicago is the largest technology conference in the Midwest, dedicated to bringing together entrepreneurs, visionaries, influencers and thought leaders together under a single event of collaboration and engagement. Techweek CEO Katy Lynch explains, ”Techweek is proud to provide remarkable speakers and opportunities to truly achieve our collective mission to build a better world through tech entrepreneurship in Chicago and beyond.”
As part of Techweek’s 2015 programming, ContextMedia co-founders Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal each took turns on stage. Shradha participated in a tech entrepreneurship all star panel featuring Shawn Riegsecker, Justyn Howard and George Bousis, while Rishi sat on a panel on Innovation and Disruption with Al Goldstein, Andrew Sieja and Mark Tebbe. Later, Rishi delivered a keynote on his experience building ContextMedia in Chicago.
“Focus. At any given time, in any space, there are a hundred business you can start. You just need to pick one.” – Rishi Shah
Inc. Magazine: How does ContextMedia maintain flat management?
Posted on June 18th, 2015
One of the few luxuries afforded to startups is flat management. With a small team, there is no need for a structured hierarchy, which translates to high employee engagement, big ideas and strong company loyalty. But what happens as the team grows? Between January 2014 and June 2015, ContextMedia’s employee count has expanded by over 200%, but if you spend one day at the offices, you won’t find any sign of a bureaucracy. Despite this growth, every one of the almost 200 employees at ContextMedia still reports directly into a single leadership team, which gives the company the hustle, agility, and tenacity of a start up.
In an article published in the July/August 2015 edition of Inc., ContextMedia’s Shradha Agarwal, Rishi Shah and Katie De Voto share the secrets to maintaining flat management at scale. Click here to read the online version
Rishi Shah Opens the Garage Door to Northwestern University’s Innovation Incubator
Posted on June 16th, 2015
EVANSTON, IL June 16, 2015 – Northwestern University officially opened The Garage, an incubator space for students at Northwestern that was built to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. 200 people gathered for the opening ceremonies, including Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, J.B. Prtizker, and Howard Tullman.
ContextMedia CEO and Co-founder Rishi Shah delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremonies. Rishi and Co-founder Shradha Agarwal started ContextMedia out of Shradha’s dorm room as undergraduates at Northwestern. Years later, Rishi was moved by the resources that are now readily available for students through The Garage. “Our company really got off the ground from Northwestern and its community, so it is extraordinary to see this translate into The Garage now,” he said. “The Garage has the ability to add value to the student experience but also to be transformative to Chicago, to the broader ecosystem here and ultimately to the trajectory of Northwestern itself,” Shah said.
Click here to see full coverage of the opening ceremonies.
How to Become an EVP at 20 Years Old
Posted on June 3rd, 2015
Ashik Desai grew up with dreams of being a doctor. At the age of 17, Ashik was well on his way, starting at Northwestern’s Honors Program in Medical Education – a seven year, accelerated track into medical school. After two years of undergrad, Ashik started interning at ContextMedia, and found himself on a different fast track, with the opportunity to take on a leadership role at the company. By the time graduation rolled around, Ashik had to choose between med school and a full time role as EVP of Business Growth and Analytics at ContextMedia. Today, at the age of 22, Ashik leads ContextMedia’s 20 person NYC office, and is consistently helping the company double their revenue growth year over year.
While it can be tempting to celebrate successes, pressures at growth company can be overwhelming. Still, there are practical ways to conquer the stress instead of being crippled by it. ContextMedia President Shradha Agarwal explains, “We often get caught up reacting to calendars, inboxes and details, leaving little time to drive forward toward the broader goals.” In order to avoid being reactive to her work Shradha takes one day each month to step away from the office and refocus on ContextMedia’s big picture.
Shradha was featured alongside 7 other executives in a Mashable piece on managing stress. While all of the advice is delivered by c-suite executives, they can readily be applied by anyone who is experiencing stress at work. Click here to read more.
ContextMedia:Health Expands its Presence into Several New Health Verticals
Posted on May 19th, 2015
ContextMedia introduces the First Digital Patient Platform within Oncology Infusion Rooms
Chicago, IL – May 19, 2015 ContextMedia:Health, America’s fastest growing patient education company, has expanded its suite of condition-specific networks into 6 new health verticals. The announcement follows the recent partnership with Tenet Health and the introduction of the ContextMedia Exam Room Tablet, the first interactive educational tool in the point of care space.
The new speciality networks include Oncology Infusion Rooms, OB/GYN, Allergy/Immunology, Infectious Disease, Urology and Pediatrics. Launched in partnership with ContextMedia:Health’s sponsors and several leading health systems, the networks will impact 1,000+ physician offices within each of these verticals by the end of the year.
With this expansion, ContextMedia:Health is the first patient education company to expand digitally into Oncology infusion rooms. Through feedback from cancer patient support organizations such as Immerman Angels, and partnerships with leading oncology content providers, ContextMedia:Health adapted the design and content of its Exam Room Tablet to address and improve the infusion room experience. The firm will be piloting the program across 500 infusion rooms, and has plans to 10x distribution in a year.
“After witnessing the success of our Exam Room Tablet in driving patient engagement, we were confident that further innovation on this product could create a holistic experience for patients receiving infusion therapy in their Oncologist office,” said Ashik Desai, EVP of Business Growth and Analytics.
“Given the unique nature of Oncology, ContextMedia:Health collaborated with patient support groups in order to create a tablet that is tailored for the space. The Oncology Tablet is designed to provide patients with access to education, entertainment, resources and a patient portal, delivering an empathetic and positive experience during the 3 plus hours spent in an infusion room.”
ContextMedia:Health’s suite now consists of 15+ health verticals, delivering contextualized health information through both Waiting and Exam Room platforms. The company is adding 500 new practices on average each month across the nation, making it the largest digital screen provider of patient education.
The Power of the In-House Incubator
Posted on May 13th, 2015
After moving into its headquarters in April 2014, ContextMedia opened its doors to share space with 6 other startups. With roots in Chicago’s start up community, co-founder and CEO Rishi Shah converted extra space in the new office into an incubator for start ups and non-profits that he supported. Rishi explained that the businesses “enriched [ContextMedia’s] culture, reminded us of our roots, and connected us to new communities & many ideas. Also, a new non-profit was even born out of the engineered serendipity!” Click here to read more about ContextMedia’s in-house incubator in Chicago Inno’s feature.
What is it Like to Work at ContextMedia?
Posted on May 4th, 2015
In January 2015, ContextMedia announced the addition of 600 jobs in Chicago by the end of 2016. There are plenty of jobs available, but what is day-to-day life like working at ContextMedia? JobBrander interviewed Healthcare Sales Executive Nate Wieser - employee #16 at ContextMedia - to discuss the interview process and explain what ContextMedia’s culture is like from within. To find out what Nate’s experience has been, click here.
ContextMedia sponsors 2nd Point of Care Marketing Congress
Posted on April 30th, 2015
Did you know that Point of Care marketing yields 97 percent higher brand recognition?
As the PoC quickly becomes the industry’s most effective platform, a growing number of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are changing the way they market their brands to consumersLife science marketers and brand managers are realizing that the best way to reach patients is while they are already actively seeking medical attention at the PoC.
Creating a More Meaningful Patient Dialogue
Posted on April 22nd, 2015
Neurologist Dr. Bhagwan Moorjani has found that his patients are less passive and more prepared with questions about their conditions after interacting with ContextMedia’s tools. “They felt they had a better understanding,” he said. As a member of ContextMedia’s network, Dr. Moorjani uses these tools to educate patients in the moments while they wait at his practice. OZY Magazine recently published a Rising Stars feature that details Shradha Agarwal’s path as a founder, and highlights the services that ContextMedia provides for Dr. Moorjani and the 25,000 other physicians in ContextMedia’s network. Click here to read the full feature.
Rishi Shah Joins the Board of MATTER
Posted on April 21st, 2015
Two months after opening, Chicago-based healthcare incubator, MATTER, named 10 healthcare and venture capital leaders to its board, including ContextMedia CEO Rishi Shah. “We’re really adding a number of leaders with a national presence, which is terrific for Matter and terrific for the entrepreneurs who are here,” Matter CEO Steve Collens said. Click here to read the Chicago Tribune’s coverage of MATTER’s board appointments.
Long Recruitment Process? It’s Worth It.
Posted on April 21st, 2015
Job seekers, wondering why tech companies are investing so much time in multiple rounds of interviews? On one hand, they’re announcing hundreds of job openings to grow fast and yet, the interview process seems slow. For example, candidates at ContextMedia typically spend 2-4 weeks going through a 5 step interview process before receiving a job offer.
While adding well over 100 employees over the course of a year, ContextMedia has continued to be recognized for its culture; the company has been named to both the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago and Crains Chicago’s Best Places to Work multiple times. In a blog post for Chicago Creative Space, Talent Director Katie De Voto explains how the care, effort and time applied during the hiring process helps maintain this award-winning culture. Click here to read the full post.
Rishi Shah Talks Entrepreneurship at Northwestern
Posted on April 3rd, 2015
On March 3, 2015, ContextMedia CEO and cofounder Rishi Shah spoke to students at Northwestern about his journey as an entrepreneur, from selling watercolor paintings door-to-door in his neighborhood at the age of 5 to leading ContextMedia, the fastest growing company in the point-of-care space. Rishi chronicles the development of the idea behind ContextMedia as a student at NU. “My love since I was young has been media,” Shah said to the crowd. “What if you had that power in a scalable way? Serving up media not just based on who and when […] but also where?”
Click here to read coverage of the discussion in the Northwestern Business Review – a publication coincidentally founded by Rishi and Shradha Agarwal while students at Northwestern.
How to Find an Angel Investor
Posted on March 25th, 2015
On March 24, 2015, ContextMedia Cofounder and President Shradha Agarwal spoke on the Chicago Tribune’s Panel, “How to Find an Angel Investor.” Shradha, who is a founding partner in Jumpstart Ventures, spoke to the the importance of being selective when deciding on an investor.
“The more an entrepreneur knows in advance about a potential angel, the more fruitful their meeting is likely to be, Agarwal said. She said plenty of capital is available because of willing angel investors and relatively good returns in the private market. That’s why entrepreneurs shouldn’t be concerned with taking capital from just anyone, she said.”
To see full coverage of the panel - including more tips for entrepreneurs and an interview with Shradha - click here.
ContextMedia Named to Fortune’s 8 Chicago Startups to Watch
Posted on March 18th, 2015
ContextMedia is proud to have its roots in Chicago’s burgeoning startup community. As ContextMedia grows, it stays committed to the community’s rapid growth; the founders are active investors in early stage startups, and the company has pledged to create 600 jobs in the next two years. Fortune recently released a list of 8 of the hottest startups in Chicago, and ContextMedia was included, alongside other high growth Chicago firms such as Groupon, Belly and GrubHub. Click here to see the full list.