Practo Raises $55M Series D, led by Tencent

Shashank ND, Founder & CEO of Practo
Shashank ND, Founder & CEO of Practo

January 18th 2017, Manila, Philippines: Practo, the leading healthcare platform, today announced $55M Series D funding in a round led by Tencent. Three new investors joined Practo – ru-Net, RSI Fund (owned by Recruit Holdings) and Thrive Capital. Other existing investors Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, Capital G (formerly Google Capital), Altimeter Capital & Sofina also participated.

With these funds, Practo will further build an integrated platform to unlock value for the entire healthcare ecosystem and invest further in its international operations.

Practo has emerged as the de facto destination to find the right healthcare provider and book appointments. Over the past few months, Practo has grown rapidly to provide a more integrated experience catering to all healthcare needs of consumers including faster booking, online consultation, online medicine ordering, booking diagnostic tests and managing their health records. Additionally, Practo also provides health content for consumers written by doctors.

Practo partners with healthcare providers like doctors, clinics, diagnostic centers, hospitals etc. to help them improve patient experience & bring in efficiencies in their business. On the enterprise side, Practo’s customers include marquee institutions like Max Healthcare, Manipal, Cloud9 and many others who use Practo’s software to provide a superior healthcare experience to their patients.

Practo has also expanded its enterprise software to the Middle East with customers including noted institutions such as Lifeline hospital in Abu Dhabi and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai using Insta – the full-stack HIMS solution for enterprises.

Practo’s recent acquisition of advanced analytics firm Enlightiks enables it to offer business intelligence solutions to healthcare enterprises. With this Practo has completed the entire suite of products both on consumer and healthcare practitioners side and opened the possibility of unlocking more value for the entire ecosystem.

Robust growth in the consumer and enterprise business has ensured Practo’s revenue streams remain strong and thus, continue to help billions of people live healthier, longer lives.

“We welcome our new investors to the Practo family and thank existing partners for their continued support. This round will help us continue our geographic expansion. 2017 will be the year our integrated healthcare platform comes to life and we will partner with various service providers to build solutions with Practo. This will be made possible by providing a central infrastructure on which the entire healthcare ecosystem can interact, connect, create & exchange value by linking layers of data, communication & payments to deliver better care.”- Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.

About Practo:

Practo is the leading healthcare platform connecting millions of patients with hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers around the world. Practo provides a single platform to help consumers with all their healthcare needs – from finding the right healthcare provider to online doctor consultation, diagnostic tests, managing health records and even ordering medicines. Practo also makes software products that help healthcare providers become more efficient and provide higher quality healthcare to millions of patients around the world. Practo is dedicated to focus healthcare around the consumer and helping humanity live healthier longer.

Quick Facts About Practo
  • Practo enables consumers to search for and book doctor appointments, have online consultations, buy medicines, manage health records and access healthcare related content through its website and apps.
  • Practo offers software and advertising products to clinics, hospitals, diagnostic centers and others
  • 45M appointments managed on the platform annually
  • 15 Countries: 5 countries with consumer + software business. 10 additional countries with enterprise software business.
  • 1500+ Practeons


Investor Quotes

“Practo has made impressive progress, expanding its platform to cover more and more healthcare needs of consumers and providers. A full stack model in healthcare is very difficult to pull off, but Practo has built and rapidly scaled a full-stack solution that is rare to see globally. We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Practo, and look forward to working with them to transform healthcare.” Hongwei Chen, Executive Director of Investment and M&A at Tencent.

“Practo has a unique model and a massive opportunity to transform one of the most fundamental needs of mankind – healthcare. We are thrilled to partner with them and look forward to working with the team as they take their platform to billions of people around the world.” Galina Chifina, Investment Director at ru-Net.

Practo has an amazing opportunity to unify global healthcare on a single seamless platform. This could make healthcare simpler, more efficient and more affordable for billions of people around the world. We are excited to associate with them and look forward to working with them to bring this to more countries, more consumers and more healthcare providers.” Yoshihiro Kitamura, Managing Corporate Executive Officer at RSI Fund (owned by Recruit Holdings).

We’re excited to Partner with Practo and join them in building a transformative healthcare platform that will simplify healthcare for both consumers and providers. Practo is in a unique position to improve both the patient and provider experience and their model and platform addresses the challenges faced by people all over the world in both developing and developed countries. We look forward to working with them as they bring about a whole new healthcare experience.” – Kareem Zaki, Investor at Thrive Capital.

We are excited to partner with Practo as they continue to scale their offering to millions of consumers and doctors in India and other markets. Practo is helping digitize the healthcare ecosystem and offer users a great product experience.”- Kaushik Anand, Head of India Investments at Capital G (formerly Google Capital)

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ViewSonic Sweeps PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Award for Computer Monitors

PcMag- Reader's Choice Award 2016
PcMag- Reader’s Choice Award 2016

Manila, Philippines – January 17, 2016: ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces the company was selected as this year’s PCMag Reader’s Choice Award winner for monitors. In its 28th year, PCMag.com readers were asked to rate products and services they use in overall product satisfaction, picture quality, ease-of-use, likelihood to recommend, and reliability within the past 12 months.  ViewSonic swept all categories and easily won the overall award.

“Sometimes it pays to specialize,” stated Ben Gottesman, executive editor at PCMag.com. “While most computer monitors are made by companies that build a variety of electronics products—computers, phones, cameras, printers, refrigerators, and more—our 2016 PCMag Readers’ Choice Award winner for computer monitors is a company that specializes in displays only: ViewSonic. This is the second time in the last three years that ViewSonic has won the award.”

According to the annual survey, ViewSonic received the highest rating in all categories in which it received a rating. ViewSonic collected a rating of 9.1 for both “Overall Satisfaction” as well as for “Likelihood to Recommend,” then a 9.2 for “Ease-of-Use” and “Satisfaction with Picture Quality,” and finally a 9.3 for “Satisfaction with Reliability.”

“We’re honored the readers of PCMag voted ViewSonic as their top computer monitor choice,” said Jeff Volpe, president of ViewSonic Americas. “Our product portfolio supports a wide range of display needs, from professional graphics and video production to engineering and finance, plus our newest line of XG Gaming monitors are the choice of e-sport professionals around the world. With the average monitors lasting for several years, it’s no surprise that PCMag.com readers value quality and performance in their monitor choice. This is truly an honor for each employee here as we celebrate 30 years of making great monitors.”

This year, ViewSonic celebrates our 30th Anniversary and this award makes it even more meaningful.  As a leading global supplier of display technologies that combine innovation, reliability and quality in its products our heritage is rooted in delivering excellent performance, functional designs and advanced technologies to our customers.

About PCMag Readers’ Choice Awards

Email survey invitations were sent to PCMag community members, specifically subscribers to the Readers’ Choice Survey. The Readers’ Choice Awards and Honorable Mentions are then based on the subjective determination by PCMag editors, taking into account all of the ratings for each manufacturer. See all of the survey results for computer monitors: http://www.pcmag.com/article/349992/readers-choice-awards-2016-hdtvs-and-computer-monitors

For further news and information about ViewSonic, visit ViewSonic.com and follow on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About ViewSonic

Founded in California in 1987 and celebrating our 30th anniversary, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solution products. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic keeps the world connected with a portfolio of professional level visual solutions that enhance the way we compute, collaborate, communicate and connect. Our products include LED monitors, ViewBoards – our interactive commercial displays, touch displays, projectors, thin client, zero client and smart displays. To find out more about ViewSonic, visit viewsonic.com.

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MDPPA’s Helmets Save Lives reaches Northern Manila

MDPPA Helmet Stickering Campaign
(L-R) MDPPA Staff ____, MDPPA Secretary Elvira Lavado, MDPPA Marketing Committee Vice-Chairman Chona Paloyo, Tres Hermanas Motors Corp. Owner Nora Mendoza, MDPPA Board Member and Marketing Committee Chairman Espie Custodio, MDPPA Secretary Charm Aloc, and MDPPA Secretary General Vice Layno flash ‘Helmets Save Lives’ stickers outside Tres Hermanas Motor Corp.

‘Helmets Save Lives’ encourages motorcycle riders to put stickers on their motorcycles or helmets, to help spread the word on the importance of wearing proper riding gear.

“Committed towards road safety, MDPPA hopes to educate Filipino motorcyclists on how proper head gear can prevent road accidents. We hope our campaign will take Metro Manila by storm, and we are heading North, with the goal of spreading motorcycle safety awareness even in the most remote sidewalks and pavements across the region,” MDPPA Board Member and Marketing Committee Chairman Espie Custodio shares.

Motorists can support the campaign by uploading photos of ‘Helmets Save Lives’ stickers on their motorcycles or helmets and sharing their posts on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #MDPPARoadSafetyPH and #HelmetsSaveLives.

For more details on the ‘Helmets Save Lives’ advocacy and the upcoming stickering schedules, please visit https://www.facebook.com/MDPPA.Official/ or follow https://twitter.com/MDPPA_Inc.

About Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA)

Based on the basic principles of the Philippine Motor Vehicle Development Program implemented by the Board of Investments, Philippine Motorcycle Manufacturing Program (PMMP) Association was established in 1973. In 1987, new MVDP guidelines were finalized and program name was, likewise, changed to Motorcycle Development Program (MDP). The Association was given the new name of Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA) in 1989.

The current five members of the Association: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kymco, are all active participants of the government’s Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP).

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Climb up the Leaderboard with ViewSonic Gaming Monitors

ViewSonic Gaming Monitor PR Photo
ViewSonic Gaming Monitor

Manila, Philippines —ViewSonic® today introduced a new family of exciting gaming monitors that will surely take the Philippine gaming world by storm.

The new monitors— ViewSonic® XG2401,  ViewSonic® XG3202-C and ViewSonic® XG2703-GS— all offer vivid and crystal-clear visuals, blazingly fast variable refresh rates, unbelievably quick response times, fully customizable Game Mode settings, Black Stabilization feature for higher visibility even in dark scenes,  Low Input Lag for seamless viewing experiences, and flexible connectivity options, to level up the gaming experience.

The ViewSonic® XG2401:Blazingly fast and feature-packed

Avid gamers will salivate with excitement with ViewSonic® XG2401, a 24-inch full HD (1920×1080 resolution) monitor that outspeeds today’s 60Hz displays by 2.4x with its incredible 144Hz per second refresh rate and 1ms response time while delivering smooth movements, crisp edges, and visual clarity. Perfect for fast-paced racing adventures and first-person shooter (FPS) games, ViewSonic® XG2401 has an ultra-fast 1ms liquid crystal response time, which translates to ultra-smooth, blurless images and videos. The monitor also features a low input lag offering decreased signal latency from graphics cards to the display, for a seamless viewing experience.

ViewSonic® XG2401’s FreeSync technology selects the best refresh rate, response time, and lowest input lag for FPS games. Gamers can optimize visuals through pre-calibrated and user-customized Game Modes, and even customize settings to suit their own preferences. ViewSonic® XG2401’s Black Stabilization function allows them to see their enemies clearly even in dark scenes— gamers can definitely gain competitive advantage with an advanced dynamic contrast ratio that translates to sharper and clearer images.

Gamers can keep on playing for long hours with ViewSonic® XG2401’s Flicker-Free technology and Blue Light Filter, which help reduce eye strain during extended use. They can also use DisplayPort, HDMI, and integrated USB connection inputs for enhanced flexibility in connecting to various game consoles, Blu-Ray players, digital cameras, and other high-definition gadgets.  ViewSonic® XG2401 also has a VESA-mountable design, which allows gamers to place the monitor on top of an upright monitor stand or attach it to a wall mount.

The ViewSonic® XG3202-C: Curved for better viewing

Gamers can finally remove “viewing constraints” from their list of gaming frustrations: ViewSonic® XG3202-C offers a panoramic, wide-field view of the gaming landscape with a 1800R screen curvature that is perfect for racing, going FPS, or playing wide-scene games.

Gamers can finally react to opponents’ moves in real time, thanks to ViewSonic® XG3202-C’s 144Hz referesh rate and XG3202-C’s Low Input Lag, which  dramatically decreases delays in graphic-intense sequences during fierce gaming battles. The monitor features visual fluidity, for an unparalleled graphic experience. Users can also experience smoother play even when they are playing at the speed of flight with AMD FreeSync™ technology, which removes image tearing, stuttering and jerkiness.

Gamers can enjoy color and brightness consistency at any vantage point, thanks to ViewSonic® XG3202-C’s 1080p SuperClear® VA Panel technology. ViewSonic® XG3202-C’s dual integrated speakers also offer superb audio clarity, for an enriched audiovisual gaming experience.

ViewSonic® XG2703-GS: Intense play that knows no bounds

ViewSonic® XG2703-GS is a boon for hard-core gamers who love to set their graphic settings to the max: designed for entertainment and gaming, its 2560×1440 WQHD SuperClear® IPS-type panel guarantees enhanced color accuracy and greater viewing angles.  Fierce gaming battles with family and friends are more fun with ViewSonic® XG2703-GS’s NVIDIA G-Sync technology, unbelievable 165Hz refresh rate, and the  NVIDIA Ultra Low Motion Blur technology, which virtually eliminate screen tears or stutters during fast-paced action sequences.

ViewSonic® XG2703-GS also features a gamer-inspired ergonomic stand with an integrated headphone hook, cable management and LED lighting function, so gamers can play with absolute impunity– they won’t even have to worry about bothersome wire entanglements that can cause them to lose focus.

Availability and pricing scheme

ViewSonic® XG2401 is now available in the Philippines in ViewSonic® distributors and dealers nationwide at P17,700. ViewSonic® XG3202-C and ViewSonic® XG2703-GS will soon be arriving in the Philippine market.

For more information about ViewSonic products, please visit www.viewsonic.com.

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Mister Potato breakthrough launch of Sweet Potato Crisps

Mister Potato Launch PR Photo
Mister Potato Launch

Manila, PHILIPPINES, November 11, 2016 – Malaysia’s no. 1 brand of potato snack, Mister Potato, today launches a breakthrough product in the Philippines which dares to be different than the usual munchies available in the market. Mister Potato Purple Sweet Potato Crisps takes snacking to a whole new level so consumers can enjoy high quality, tasty and crispy sweet potato chips as much as they want.

Established in 1992, Mister Potato has garnered several awards for producing high quality crisps. The brand upholds an uncompromising standard of quality, from the ingredient selection process on to the production and finishing stages. Today, Mister Potato remains Malaysia’s top choice in potato snacks and is now exported in 90 countries worldwide.

No Compromise in Taste

Whether it is to be shared or be consumed alone, potato crisps are always a sure hit appetizer, side dish or snack. Mister Potato’s Purple Sweet Potato Crisps, changes this snacking game for all potato crisps lovers out there as it is made from the freshest ingredients and natural purple Sweet potato, no artificial colour was added. The manufacturer ensures the purple sweet potatoes used are bacteria-, fungi- and pesticide free. They are handpicked from the farms and processed at once to maintain their natural color, goodness and fresh taste. The potatoes then undergo several washing and are fried using vegetable oil before they are tightly sealed. This makes Mister Potato’s Purple Sweet Potato Crisps crunchier than crunchy!

The Sweet, Natural Kind

Sweet Potato has variant species with their own distinctive colour, look and taste. It has been also named as “Super Food” which contains high nutrition benefits. Especially Purple Sweet Potato containing high Fibre, manganese, Vitamins A&C and Anthocyanins which benefits our eyesight, Heart health, anti-inflammatory, etc.

What makes Mister Potato’s Purple Sweet Potato Crisps different from the usual potato snack? It’s not just its natural purple color but its sweet taste. The Purple sweet Potato Crisps goodness combined with its crunchy, sweet taste create an explosion of flavors and texture that satisfy potato snack cravings. Mister Potato’s Purple Sweet Potato Crisps is packed with vitamins and minerals and is guaranteed gluten-, GMO- and cholesterol-free with 0% trans fatty acid.

Because Mister Potato takes snacking seriously, the brand has boldly changed the game with the launch of Sweet Potato Crisps. Now available in leading supermarkets nationwide for only Php75, Mister Potato’s Sweet Potato Crisps is all set to change everybody’s potato snacking experience!

 

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