About Us

We believe that 'sick' doesn't have to be a four letter word. It happens to the best of us-- in fact, it happens to ALL of us. So, we invite you to not take it lying down (although really you should rest). Your voice can now be heard and the information we all share will change the way we look at sickness forever. Raise your thermometer and be counted! (Okay, now lay back down and ask your friends to bring you some chicken soup.)

Just like you, we want perspective on when sickness bubbles up, where it travels and how it affects our lives. At Sickweather you can connect with your friends and family when you need each other the most for sympathy and commiseration.

Sickweather has been honored among "100 Brilliant Companies" by Entrepreneur Magazine, "Top 5 Sites Crowdsourcing For Your Health" by George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, and has been featured on the Today Show, TIME Magazine, NPR, CTV News, BBC, NBC News, FOX, ABC, CBS, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Lifehacker, CNET, ZDNet, Discovery Channel and Fast Company, to name a few. The Sickweather iPhone app was featured as a "Best New App" for Health & Fitness in the Apple App Store.

Our Team

John Erck, Michael Belt, Graham Dodge, James Sajor and Zephrin Lasker of Sickweather.
Graham Dodge, Co-Founder & CEO
Graham is an entrepreneur with diverse experience in design, marketing and business development. In 1998, he was a member of the team that created the first online Crime Map, a visualization of aggregate crime data for the web portal Crime.com. Throughout his career he has worked in varying capacities for such brands as GlaxoSmithKline, Discovery, GEICO, AOL & MTV. He is a board member of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an independent affiliate of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, that provides services for medically fragile kids. He was named a "Social Innovation Rockstar" by Yoxi/BOLD, and featured among Broadband for America's "Faces of Innovation."

James Sajor, Co-Founder & COO
James is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. and has held positions in team leadership, marketing, public relations, management, and performance in the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry. In the Aftermarket Automotive Industry, he was COO of ESX Motorsports, which he helped grow from a garage-based business to a multi-million dollar company with national distribution. He was responsible for the daily operations, securing sponsorships for racecars, fund allocations, as well as building, 'The World's Quickest and Fastest Subarus' for Subaru of America.

Michael Belt, Co-Founder & CTO
Michael is a software developer with over 15 years of experience. He has worked on a number of high-profile public projects such as back-end development for Educate.com, Nature.com, and LoanOfficer.com, sites for National Institute of Health and Johns Hopkins University, and intranets for Honda, Acura, BMW, Audi, Mini, as well as boutique sites for several privately owned businesses. Michael has been a featured speaker at several technology events, including Ernst & Young's 2012 Life Sciences Summit.

John Erck, Lead iOS Developer
John is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and former Business Analyst at Cargill. When he's not writing code, he likes to surf.

Zephrin Lasker, Product Advisor, Board Member & Growth Hacker
Zephrin is a serial entrepreneur, investor and advisor to startups. He is the founding partner at Edge Drop Labs, an early stage incubator focused on hands-on product development and growth hacking. He was CEO and Co-founder at Pontiflex, a leading mobile ad platform with over 80 million users now majority owned by Blackstone. He has advised major private equity firms and venture capital firms on investments and strategy. Zephrin’s background includes operational experience in mobile platforms, digital ads, e-commerce and self-serve systems development.

Our Advisors

Mark Dredze, PhD
Mark is a research scientist and assistant research professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He works in the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (COE) and with the Center for Speech and Language Processing (CLSP). Over the years he has worked at a variety of industrial research labs, including Google, IBM and Microsoft. His research focuses on applications of statistical machine learning (artificial intelligence) to natural language processing and medical informatics. His published research with student Michael Paul includes, "You Are What You Tweet: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health" and "A Model for Mining Public Health Topics from Twitter".

Michael Paul
Michael is a 2nd year PhD student of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research and publications with Professor Mark Dredze have included "You Are What You Tweet: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health" and "A Model for Mining Public Health Topics from Twitter", which have been featured in GigaOM, CNET and Popular Mechanics (to name a few). His background includes natural language processing, text mining, and machine learning. In 2011, he interned with the Relevance Team at Twitter.