Richardson startup Cariloop has added the founding CEO of Teladoc, the nation’s largest telemedicine provider, to its advisory board.
Michael Gorton will help the senior services technology company in developing its business strategy, fundraising, and achieving strategic partnerships.
Cariloop was one of the inaugural graduates of the Health Wildcatters startup incubator. It began as a sort of search engine and intuitive database for its customers to find senior care services for their loved ones. But Michael Walsh, its founder and CEO, said it quickly realized that many people need more help before they even get to that point. So they hired on seven certified coaches and invested in infrastructure to allow them to talk customers through the process using streaming video equipment.
It began targeting employers to become part of benefit packages. And late last year, it landed a partnership with Florida’s InterActive-BB, LLC. that got the service added to IBM’s new Watson technology, which you may recognize from the quirky Bob Dylan ads.
“As a healthcare innovator, and a son with elderly parents, I completely understand the Cariloop value proposition,” Gorton said in a statement. “I‘m excited to collaborate with the team and be a part of a company that has a strong compassion and dedication to helping those in need.”
Gorton was the founding CEO of Lewisville’s Teladoc, which has grown and gone public and has challenged the state’s law attempting to limit the practice. He was an early adopter of telemedicine, and grew Teladoc to provide services to nearly 2 million patients in just two years, according to this 2010 Dallas Morning News report. After Teladoc, Gorton launched Principal Solar, a solar energy company aimed at powering utility-scaled projects.