Internet legends Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com invest in ZocDoc, a growing healthcare startup. Just one year after it launched, ZocDoc continues its impressive 50% growth per month and now offers patients six healthcare specialties to choose from.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- What a difference a year makes! Just one year ago, out of an East Village apartment, three entrepreneurs launched http://www.zocdoc.com [ZocDoc __title__ ZocDoc: Doctor and Dentist Appointments. Instantly.], an award-winning personal Web service that helps consumers http://www.zocdoc.com [find and book doctor and dentist appointments __title__ See available doctor and dentist appointments] online. Today, the 12 person company announced that it has two new investors that know a thing or two about building an Internet business from scratch: Marc Benioff, founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com and Jeff Bezos, founder, chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, who invested via his personal investment company, Bezos Expeditions.
"Two of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs believe in what we're doing," said Cyrus Massoumi, ZocDoc cofounder and CEO. "We're trying to solve a critical problem in the U.S. healthcare system and it's extremely encouraging to have Marc and Jeff behind us."
Last month ZocDoc announced its Series A funding round, led by Khosla Ventures, which will help the company scale up its already impressive growth. Since June, the company has doubled the number of specialties, adding http://www.zocdoc.com/eye-specialists [ophthalmologists __title__ Find eye specialists near you], http://www.zocdoc.com/orthopedic-surgeons [orthopedists __title__ Find orthopedic surgeons near you] and http://www.zocdoc.com/ear-nose-throat-specialists [ENT specialists __title__ Find ENT specialists near you] (ear, nose, and throat). These new specialties strengthen the company's online scheduling service that has helped thousands of patients find and book dental, primary care and dermatology appointments.
ZocDoc offered patients nearly 20,000 available appointments in September, a 2,000% increase since the company launched a year ago. The company has grown its consumer and practitioner base by an average of 50% per month as it continues to add new specialties and extend its geographic reach.
"We're expanding rapidly to keep up with demand for our service," said Oliver Kharraz, MD, ZocDoc cofounder and COO. "We are working hard to reduce the long waitlists of doctors that want to join the ZocDoc network to give patients, in all areas, easier access to care."
ZocDoc has pioneered the use of the Internet to help patients find and book doctor appointments online, and continues to find innovative ways to help match doctors and patients. In fact, the company has just released the "ZocDoc Appointment Book" application for Facebook, which allows doctors to add their available appointments and patient reviews right into their Facebook profiles. Now for the first time ever, patients can book healthcare appointments with their doctors via Facebook.
Named one of the hottest startups globally by TechCrunch40 in September 2007, ZocDoc has received numerous accolades from users and the press. Among them, ZocDoc was named one of PC Magazine's "Top Web Sites of 2008," is a semi-finalist in Forbes.com's "Boost Your Business" competition, is a finalist in The Industry Standard's "Innovation 100 Awards" and was a finalist in CNET's "Webware 100 Awards."
About ZocDoc, Inc.:
ZocDoc's mission is to use the Web to make healthcare simple. For patients, ZocDoc is a personal Web service that helps them find and book doctor and dentist appointments instantly, 24/7. For doctors, ZocDoc is an innovative channel to help them easily reach prospective patients and maximize the efficiency of their practice by filling open appointments. ZocDoc is a NYC-based start-up founded in April 2007 by serial entrepreneurs Cyrus Massoumi and Oliver Kharraz, MD, who combine to bring 9 years healthcare technology experience from McKinsey. For more information, visit http://www.zocdoc.com.
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