Entrepreneur Spotlight: Hannah Luu, OncoGambit

Entrepreneur Spotlight Hannah Luu Oncogambit

During this time of year it's easy to get caught up in the spirit of the holidays. It's also a time to remember that not everyone has the privilege of spending time with friends and family. Some people face tough decisions as they fight their battle with cancer. Let's face it, cancer sucks. I've lost friends and family to it. But I've also watched friends and family fight it to lead healthy lives after treatments.

Cute LA had the chance to interview female entrepreneur, Hannah Luu of OncoGambit. She along with her co-founder, Laura Bourdeanu, created the platform to assist cancer patients. In finding the right treatments and expert opinions. While helping to reduce their anxiety about this step in their lives. OncoGambit allows patients to concentrate on the best treatment. While saving time, money and energy. 

Read on to learn more about Hannah Luu and the OncoGambit Platform:

OncoGambit Startup

// What's the inspiration behind OncoGambit? //

As a practicing oncologist, I have encountered a lot of confusion and worry from cancer patients and their families about their treatment recommendations. This truly concerned me because patients were usually more worried about their treatments than they were about their disease. Having experienced this, OncoGambit came to me in an ‘Aha’ moment as a great way to relieve the uncertainty around treatment. My goal in creating this platform was to help create a quick and easy way for patients. To get educated about their cancer and their cancer treatment options. The OncoGambit website validates their treatment recommendations and helps them become advocates for their own health and survival.

// What separates OncoGambit from similar companies? //

There are several reputable websites such as WebMD, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and National Cancer Institute (NCI), to name a few, that provide general information about cancer and treatment.

OncoGambit takes it a step further and provides patients with specific treatment regimens. That include doses of the drugs, the frequency of the treatment, and the duration of the treatment that are in line with current guidelines. We do that by asking specific information about the patient’s information and circumstances such as age, sex, cancer characteristics, and cancer stage. To give them specific details for a recommended treatment plan. This way, patients know what to expect every step of the way in their cancer journey.

The information is updated regularly, as new data and studies become available. The most current treatment for a specific cancer may change year to year as new studies come out and doctors agree that regimen A, for example, is now better suited than regimen B. You don’t have the same updating in real-time or the level of accuracy in treatment recommendations that you get with OncoGambit on any other web-based medical platform.

Hannah Luu & Laura Bourdeanu Founders of OncoGambit

Hannah Luu & Laura Bourdeanu Founders of OncoGambit

// What were the first steps in creating OncoGambit? //

The first steps in creating OncoGambit were to figure out if it were possible to write a program that would result in a treatment recommendation based on the information provided by the patients. For this I teamed up with my brother, who is a software developer, to test it out. Once we learned that this was possible, we proceeded to build the software. We were able to compile and summarize the cancer treatments recommended by multiple national treatment guidelines. Which are based on the latest research and the consensus of over 1100 cancer experts.

// What are the most difficult & most rewarding aspects of entrepreneurship? //

The most difficult aspect of entrepreneurship is making decisions and not knowing whether they are right or wrong. Not all the decisions I’ve made have been right, but let’s say I learned to trust my intuition! There are so many rewarding aspects of entrepreneurship, but the most rewarding is certainly choosing the people I work with. Teaming up with my partners was key in having a happy working relationship. I also enjoy the ability to create my own opportunities by attending conventions and networking with like-minded people. I certainly feel like I shape my own destiny by being an entrepreneur.

Hannah Luu Quote OncoGambit

// What advice do you have for someone creating their own tech start up? //

My advice for someone creating their own startup is to join professional networking groups. You will meet professionals interested in helping others develop their ideas. While networking and making life-long friendships. I have met numerous entrepreneurs who willingly help me either through offering advice on how to bring my business to the next level or letting others know about my business. I highly recommend this to any new business owner.

// Anything else you want our readers to know about OncoGambit? //

In order to win the fight against cancer, it's going to take everyone! Everyone being informed and everyone feeling like they have access to the best information. That is easy-to-understand and follow, when it comes to treatments. It is very rewarding to educate our patients about their cancer, treatments and that they can have a better chance of survival with our treatment validation tool.

We built this for the patients, not the oncologists. But the oncologists should want their patients to feel confident in their treatment. So patients can enter the treatment process with the most confidence as possible. As a doctor, you want your patient to be in the right state of mind when facing this challenging process, and that is exactly what patients will get from using OncoGambit!

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FILM CHAT: WONDER WOMAN & SONIC THE HEDGEHOG FILM

Wonder Woman Trailer and Sonic The Hedgehog Film

Film Chat this week, we talk about, the new Wonder Woman trailer and the Sonic The Hedgehog movie. With my quirky side notes and thoughts added in for good measure. Which includes talking about my childhood crush on Alvin, from Alvin and the Chipmunks.

What I've seen in the new Wonder Woman trailer so far. I like what it can bring to the DC cinematic universe. I wasn't a fan of Batman v Superman (I had big hopes). Though the trailer was amazing - Suicide Squad didn't live up to it's potential. That's where I hope Wonder Woman fills my DC void. Patty Jenkins, is the director (yay girl power) and Gal Gadot looks like she's giving her all. So, please DC let this be the start of a great cinematic universe.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been in development since 2014. Recently production got back up and rolling with the addition of Tim Miller. Who was going to Direct the sequel to Deadpool. Well, after creative differences with Ryan Reynolds, he's jumped ship. He's now going to Executive Produce Sonic. Which follows the character from the video game series. This film will be a mixture live action CGI hybrid. Which I can only hope means more "Jungle Book" and less "Smurfs." I loved this character growing up. Wouldn't mind seeing the film take on Sonic, Knuckles and Tails.

To get a more in depth view on these movies make sure to watch the YouTube video!

What do you think of the these films? Let me know in the comments!

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Emily Webb, Founder MyLücke App

Entrepreneur Spotlight Emily Webb MyLucke App

Cute LA had a chance to interview female entrepreneur Emily Webb. Who founded MyLücke App. An on demand parking marketplace that makes it easier for drivers to find parking spots. Whether looking for hourly, daily, weekly or monthly parking. A heaven sent for anyone that lives the city lifestyle. Trust me in Los Angeles it's a necessity. I will unfriend you if your parking situation is a hot mess. Ain't nobody got time for that. 

The MyLücke app allows people to make extra income from under utilized parking spots. This is ideal for anyone that lives in a bustling area. Think about the festivals, farmer's markets, events etc. that you've attended. I'm not the only one who circles the neighborhood trying to find a damn parking spot. Wishing I could park in someone's driveway and throw them cash.  MyLücke makes that dream a reality, but more classy. Believe me, in Los Angeles, this is a dream.

Excited, to have a woman in tech, share her insight on starting her own appRead on to learn more about Emily Webb and MyLücke App:

Emily Webb Founder MyLucke App

// What's the inspiration behind MyLücke? //

The inspiration to start a private parking marketplace fostered from my experience as a new Angeleno, as I encountered the worst parking problems I’ve ever experienced. There is proof that we have an abundance of parking spaces in Los Angeles, just walk through residential areas & business districts, and look around. Vacant parking is everywhere, which is when I realized the solution to parking problems is a matter of innovating the parking industry into a share economy.

MyLucke App makes finding parking easy

// What separates MyLücke from similar companies? //

We pay out 100% of the rate Renters set for their spaces, whereas other share economy revenue models are typically a 80/20 split. We also offer Parkers the flexibility of extending their reservation from the app, which is convenient and tech savvy! Our backend infrastructure is incredibly solid and we are ready to scale at any moment. 

// What were the first steps in creating MyLücke? //

Market research, due diligence on developers & development firms, trademark and patentability search, and legal aspects of setting up the company.

Iphone MyLucke App find parking

// What are the most difficult & most rewarding aspects of entrepreneurship? //

The most difficult aspect of being an entrepreneur is the constant drive to over achieve when that doesn’t necessarily equate to immediate results. Time, patience and strategic positioning are vital aspects to understanding the foundation for building a business. The most rewarding aspect is being able to do what I love, provide a solution to a universal problem by building the best company I can build, and challenge myself every day through perseverance, high expectations and inner strength. 

MyLucke Founder Emily Webb Quote

// What advice do you have for someone creating their own tech start up? //

Take the time to conduct due diligence on developers and engineers, because they are the core of a tech company. A vision will come to life with suitable programmers, so tread lightly when choosing a development team and make sure the right people are on the bus! Additionally, protect your Intellectual Property!

MyLucke easy parking in Los Angeles

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Top 5 Places to Find DATES

Top 5 Places to Find Dates

If you're lacking in significant other, than you're part of the SINGLE AF CREW. It's not a bad place to be. It brings awareness to your situation and makes you feel less alone. In my latest video, you'll find the Top 5 Places To Find Dates. Make sure you brush up on your awkwardness before tackling these places. In my case, I just accept my inner awkward. You'll be happy to know that this list does not include clubs and bars. Those places can be zoos and I'm not trying to throw you into the jungle.

Top 5 Places to Find Dates

1. Coffee Shops - Yes, just like the movies this can happen. But, you have to go to the poppin coffee shops. Yep. Annoying I know, but you have to go where people are to meet someone. 

2. Sports Oriented Sh!t - Go to a sporting event or join an adult sports league. This is a great way to meet someone in daylight, soberish, while being active. Plus, you can see if they have an awkward run.

3. Grocery Stores - Face it, we all have to eat or we'll die. There's a great chance that at some point during the week you'll find someone here. Maybe your hands will touch while reaching for the same cereal.

4. HOUSE PARTIES - It's a dying breed the older you get. Yet, people love house parties. It's the feeling of being able to talk to people that have common interests. In this case, your friends. It's a dating app, but in real life.

5. Gym - Get a membership or class pass and use this to your advantage. It's also good for your health. In trying to find a man or woman. You might trick your body into some abs. It's a double win.

The best part about this Top 5 is that it comes full circle. You might run into that cutie from the gym at the grocery store. The guy you met at the house party might be in your coffee shop. People, this is the trifecta of dating. Use it.

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN MEETING PEOPLE? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

FILM CHAT: TOMB RAIDER REBOOT

Tomb Raider Reboot

Film Chat this week, we talk about, The TOMB RAIDER REBOOT. With my quirky side notes and thoughts added in for good measure. This week I do many horrible British accents. See if you can count them all!

Tomb Raider was a video game that came out in 1996. It starred Lara Croft as the kick as archeologist adventurer. In 2001 a film starring Angelina Jolie came out. It did great and a sequel hit the scene in 2003. After these two films, Angelina Jolie was over playing Lara Croft.

Fast forward to 2016 a Tomb Raider reboot is in the works. It's based on the rebooted 2013 video game. In this video game Lara Croft is embarking on her first adventure as a fresh faced 21 year old. Then shit hits the fan and she has to embrace her inner bad bitch. After months of auditions and rumored casting choices. Alicia Vikander has secured the role of Lara Croft. 

To get a more in depth view on these movies make sure to watch the YouTube video!

What do you think of the Tomb Raider Reboot? Let me know in the comments!