Hi, I'm Sherman
Early-stage Healthcare Investor + Aspiring Physician-Innovator
I'm a reformed programmer, product manager turned early-stage investor and medical student based in NYC. In addition to studying medicine, I invest in and incubate healthcare companies at AlleyCorp. I care deeply about leveraging technology to support underserved patient populations and creating a more equitable, efficient, and cost-effective healthcare system.
Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, I am the proud son of two immigrants from Hong Kong and alum of the Montgomery Blair Magnet Program. I completed degrees in Computer Science and Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University, where I conducted machine learning and social gamification research under Dr. Fei-Fei Li and Michael Bernstein.
I was a Greylock X Fellow & early mobile engineer at Khan Academy and a Kleiner Perkins Fellow & product manager at Mango Health. In 2018, I had the honor of being named to MedTech Boston's 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators for my work with PatientPing, where we launched a national care coordination platform.
I translated my passion for helping early-stage startups find and scale product-market fit into early-stage technology investing with Underscore VC where I led theses in augmented intelligence, conversational AI, and future of the enterprise. More recently, I joined the team at AlleyCorp to help launch our healthcare investment and incubation arms.
As a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, I am fortunate to have the support of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship. I'm passionate about supporting the next generation of physician-innovators as the founder & chair of MD++ and am clinically most interested in Emergency Medicine - specifically Social EM. When I'm not working or studying, I spend time cooking with my wife, playing basketball, writing about systemic issues in healthcare with Margins of Medicine, and building meaningful communities
I'm passionate about helping others take the next step in their careers as a way of paying it forward to the countless mentors and advisors I've had along the way. Every week, I set aside 2-3h to chat with folks that fit one or more of these profiles. If this sounds like you, I'd love to hear from you and ask how I can be helpful:
I speak on healthtech innovation, product management, and venture capital. Past engagements include speaking at classes and/or panels at Stanford University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and ProductCamp Boston. Feel free to reach out to me if I might be a good fit for your event.
From PM to PM: a product manager's path to practicing medicineVC 101 a crash course on why/when/how to raise venture capital as a student-entrepreneurProduct Management in Healthcare covering challenges, and lessons learned from building product in healthcare (slides)Needfinding in the Biodesign Process finding and articulating problems via user-oriented research in a healthcare setting
I advise early-stage healthcare startups in finding and scaling product-market fit, and also support first-time founders in raising Seed and Series A rounds. I currently only consider new engagements outside of NYC given my current investing role with AlleyCorp. My current and past advisory portfolio consists of:
Uno Health (Cowboy Ventures, Floodgate, Meridian Street Capital) - connecting health insurers to non-medical services
Karuna Health (First Round Capital, Boxgroup) - copilot for patient communication
Marigold Health (Felicis Ventures, General Catalyst, Rock Health) - engaging behavioral health & substance use patients with chat-based peer support groups
Muvr Labs (YCombinator, StartX Health, Bolt) - wearable sensors enabling real-time and remote joint motion tracking
If I can be helpful, I'd love to hear from you!
One of my greatest passions is building communities and connecting people. Here are a few of the communities I've had the pleasure of starting with other like-minded people:
MD++, a growing group of 700+ aspiring physician-innovators from all around the countrySocial EMpathy, a national group of 50+ medical students and residents passionate about Social Emergency MedicineFood as Medicine, a working group of Mt Sinai graduate students serving patients through food as medicinePMs in Healthcare, 250+ of the brightest product minds in healthcare across startups, growth-stage companies, and health systemsDiversity and Innovation Hub, a Mt Sinai venture addressing social determinants and increasing the representation of minorities in healthcare innovationOff Their Plate, a non-profit that has raised $7M+ to provide free meals to healthcare workers and food-insecure communities while also restoring working wages to local restaurants during the COVID-19 crisisPath to Product, Medium's largest product management publication (40K+ followers) supporting aspiring and early-stage PMsSHIFT, an interdisciplinary healthcare innovation group at StanfordTreeHacks Health, a hackathon vertical focused on healthcare needshealth++, Stanford's inaugural healthcare hackathon
Let me know if I can plug you into any of these groups!
Thank you for stopping by! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to get back to you in a timely manner