|St. Mary's College of Maryland, BA||2004|
Photo By: Garry Tan, Posterous
Jen builds social systems that generate self-awareness and encourage mutual decision-making in health.
McCabe was CEO/Founder of Contagion Health Inc. Contagion, a YCombinator funded startup (Summer 2010 batch). Contagion received seed funding from Founders Fund Angel and Esther Dyson in July 2010.
Contagion Health merged with Healthmonth in summer 2011 to form Habit Labs Inc. The new entity is headquartered in Seattle. McCabe is acting CEO and cofounder. Buster Benson, former 43Things, 750Words, and Locovore founder is acting CTO.
Habit Labs is building a new product, and has raised angel funding from Dave McClure/500 Startups, Chris DeVore and Andy Sack at Founders Coop, and Jennifer Lum at Apricot Capital.
Prior to the merger, Contagion Health launched imoveyou, the first social health challenge platform of its kind. Users challenged family and friends to small, healthy acts using Twitter, Facebook, and email. Users could ‘fly solo’ and challenge themselves, or ‘flock together’ by creating group challenges.
Imoveyou was covered on CNN, BBC’s Click technology program, the Huffington Post, TechCrunch, FutureTalk TV, O’Reilly Radar, Quantified Self, and NPR.
Prior to YCombinator, Contagion developed a demo mobile mood rating + geolocation app, “hands2gether,” for publicly-traded top health insurer Humana’s (HUM) Innovation Center.
IMoveYou also received a Mission to End Diabetes award in the summer of 2010.
Prior to founding Contagion, Jen designed social media, mHealth and eHealth campaigns and experiential applications for healthcare clients (such as health games for patient education) that harness personal ‘microrelevance’ created when consumers use social technology for health, including recording Observations of Daily Living (#ODLs) and personal biometrics, or ‘me-trics.’
In 2008, McCabe joined OrganizedWisdom (www.organizedwisdom.com) to serve part-time as the company’s Chief Patient Advocate. At OW, Jen managed the firm’s strategic communication efforts using social media channels.
In 2009, Jen designed @polarwisdom, the first condition-specific advocacy feed designed for those dedicated to living well with depression. @polarwisdom was part of a larger campaign called “TwitterWisdom,” which included creation of relevant quant/qual metrics for analyzing Twitter interactions, including the DPSR method of content redistribution and the AMP method of measuring social media time management.
Jen has worked for numerous health-related charities and organizations: As an analyst, volunteer manager, and speaker liaison for The Health 2.0 Conference run by Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, and as Associate Administrator at Christ House, performing operational functions for the Washington D.C.-area 33-bed nonprofit medical facility.
She also served as analyst and business development director during the start-up phase at The Hanover Research Council, cultivating HRCs early development in the hospital/healthcare vertical.
Jen is former Vice Chair, Board of Directors, for Baltimore-based MEDBANK of Maryland, Inc., an NFP providing free prescription medications to 35,000 residents via pharmaceutical firms’ patient assistance programs (PAPs).
Jen speaks frequently on consumer-centric health innovation and has keynoted at Mobile Health @Stanford, Eli Lilly, Ignite Boulder, CTIA, Health 2.0, Medicine 2.0, Mayo Clinic’s Transform, Digital Pharma, BIO, and BIL:PIL.