Breakthrough

Breakthrough connects people with mental health providers for online counseling and telepsychiatry. Clients can search for providers on multiple criteria, schedule appointments, and get private, online care. Members of Breakthrough-partnered health plans may use their insurance to cover the cost of care. Mental health providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors get a free practice management suite to build their online profile, send secure messages, schedule appointments and deliver HIPAA-compliant online care. Breakthrough currently covers two million health plan members in California.



about the company

Founders

Mark Goldenson founded Breakthrough Behavioral, Inc., the leading online counseling and telepsychiatry service. Breakthrough raised $6 million in funding from Social Capital and First Round Capital. MDLIVE acquired Breakthrough in November 2014. Mark was previously a product manager at PayPal, founded the Stanford Squash Team, and conducted research for four years in the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. Mark completed coursework for a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Symbolic Systems from Stanford.

Boris is a seasoned entrepreneur with two award-winning ISPs already to his name. He grew his first, BoStream, by launching fibre-to-the-home in Sweden. Customers surged from 2,000 to 100,000 and revenue from $1m to $55m in three years. To this day, that infrastructure remains Sweden's leading internet platform. When Boris co-founded breakthrough ISP Be with Dana in 2005, it broke both the UK's upload and download speeds and was worth £50 million just a year and a half later. These speeds were achieved through Boris' investment in the first ADSL2+ network in the UK. Being the first to go full fibre in the UK has been his dream ever since.

Breakthrough in the press

Aug. 12, 2015

Teladoc Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

Net loss per basic and diluted share was $7.20, compared to a net loss per share of $2.15. PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the first and largest telehealth platform in the United States, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $15.4 million at the end of the second quarter of 2015. Quarterly Conference CallTeladoc will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2015 results today, August 12, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Jason Gorevic, Chief Executive of Officer of Teladoc, commented, “We saw strong performance during our first quarter as a public company.

Aug. 12, 2015

Teladoc Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

Net loss per basic and diluted share was $7.20, compared to a net loss per share of $2.15. PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the first and largest telehealth platform in the United States, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $15.4 million at the end of the second quarter of 2015. Quarterly Conference CallTeladoc will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2015 results today, August 12, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Jason Gorevic, Chief Executive of Officer of Teladoc, commented, “We saw strong performance during our first quarter as a public company.

Dec. 10, 2014

Doctor On Demand Gets A Facelift, Adds Psychologists And Lactation Experts

Doctor On Demand says the lactation service request was a surprise. Doctor On Demand enlisted the help of 25 breast-feeding counselors from UpSpring to fulfill this part of the service. It’s hard to admit they just need someone to talk to,” said Dr. Pat Basu, chief medical officer for Doctor On Demand. Digital house call app, Doctor On Demand is expanding beyond its web physician at a moments notice service to add help for breast-feeding moms and those in need of counseling. The video MD startup needed to add advanced scheduling within the app to accommodate the addition of both highly in-demand lactation experts and psychology services.

July 11, 2013

Breakthrough Grabs $5M From The Social+Capital Partnership, First Round And More To Bring Mental Health Therapy Online

Breakthrough launched in 2009 to help address the lack of adequate care by helping to bring, affordable mental health therapy online. Beyond insurance coverage and access, both the stigma around mental health itself and the belief that online care is less effective than its in-person equivalent have been major barriers to mental health therapy — online and off. With Americans spending $135 billion each year on mental health care, Goldenson believes that Breakthrough has a big opportunity to help reduce those costs, while still providing value for care providers. According to Goldenson, Breakthrough now covers 2 million members of health plans, including Blue Shield of California and Magellan. When one considers that the majority of small towns in the U.S. don’t have psychiatrists or access to mental health care practices, this is where Breakthrough can make a difference.

Aug. 8, 2012

Backed By $900K From Keith Rabois And Angels, Breakthrough Is Your New Online Shrink

Among the reasons why: The poor distribution of mental health professionals, the stigma that comes with mental health issues and, sadly, the high cost of care. Since graduating from Stanford’s StartX accelerator this winter, Breakthrough has been hard at work signing insurance companies to help its patients cut costs. What’s more, with the upholding of health care reform (a.k.a. According to Goldenson, this gives Breakthrough the largest insurance coverage of any online therapy service. Of course, the challenges of signing insurance companies has turned many startups away, meaning that many telehealth companies end up requiring people to pay out of pocket for treatment.

June 12, 2011

The Math of TechCrunch, Part 1: Is TechCrunch Still About Startups?

TechCrunch now covers 10 times more seed-stage startupsTechCrunch’s growth has certainly helped seed-stage startups. On average, each late-stage company is covered 7 times more than each seed-stage startupHere’s where seed-stage startups could start griping. In this guest post, Mark Goldenson breaks down exactly how much TechCrunch covers startups. In investing terms, seed-stage startups are being diluted. Foursquare, Digg, and Twitter are the most covered mid-stage companiesA regular complaint among TechCrunch commenters is that a few startups become over-exposed.

Sept. 17, 2009

TechCrunch50 Wrap-Up. Congrats To All The Startups Who Made It.

Making Search Prettier: Bing Launches Visual Search ReadWriteWeb. Bing 2.0 “Visual Search” Launches, Allows Search By Pictures Search Engine Land. Microsoft launches Bing ‘Visual Search’ CNET. TechCrunch50: oDesk Launches oDesk Challenge to Provide Startups a New Way to Hire Their Online Workers Trends Updates. Microsoft announces Bing Visual Search MobileTechWorld.

Sept. 15, 2009

TC50: Have You Considered Tele-Psychiatry? Schedule A Session With BreakThrough

If you find a provider that suits your needs, you can see available appointments and schedule an appointment to chat via video chat (via Skype), email or the phone. According to TechCrunch50 startup BreakThrough, one in four American adults have a mental illness but two-thirds of Americans don’t get proper treatment. Mental illness is a more common affliction in society than most people think. But, many people are embarrassed to admit and confront their mental illness. A: Yes, shrinks prefer video chat.

Sept. 14, 2009

The List Of Startups Presenting At TechCrunch50

TechCrunch50 has begun and we are thrilled to announce the 46 startups that were chosen from more than 1,000 applications from 39 different countries. Here’s a list of the 46 companies that are launching over the next few days. You can follow along from home (or the office), we’ll be streaming the conference live via UStream here on TechCrunch as well as on the TechCrunch50 website. (The voting will begin as the startups start presenting). You can also vote for your favorite startups on this page thanks to Microsoft Bizpark.