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Allergies, cough and fever are going around in Ashburn, VA, US

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, NPR, CTV News, BBC, NBC, 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
Graham Dodge, Co-Founder, Board Member & 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, Board Member & 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, Board Member & 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.

Zephrin Lasker, Product Advisor, Board Member & Growth Hacker
Zephrin is a Strategic Consultant to Blackstone Group's Talus Holdings, and was the founding CEO of Pontiflex, a leader in mobile & sign-up advertising. He is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully launched several startups, including: The North Road Group, an interactive agency, and Beautility, an e-commerce company. He also worked as Vice President of Business Development at i33 Communications and at Commerce One Global Services, managing Sprint's new web initiatives. He has helped clients such as Cendant, Earthlink and eFax start relationships with more than 8 million customers.

Emily Leffler Schulman, Director of Front End Development
Emily has created websites and multimedia products for clients such as Dewalt, World Bank and Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She went on to work with the US Department of State in Washington, DC where she spearheaded a global streaming video project that brought live coverage of foreign affairs news and educational materials to diplomats in embassies around the world, for which she was officially commended by the Assistant Secretary of State.

Nick Pimentel, Art Director
Nick is a graduate of American University and has worked as a professional graphic designer since 1998. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Print Magazine, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and various Rockport Publishing books. He has lectured for AIGA at the Corcoran School of Art and at American University. As a Senior Designer for Toolbox Creative, he created branding and marketing collateral for such clients as Iceland Air, Human Rights Watch, Thievery Corporation and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Jonas Lichty, Director of Business Development
Jonas is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park and has an extensive background in investment banking and pharmaceutical sales. He brings a wealth of experience and insight to Sickweather's business development strategy having worked with such companies as Teva Speciality Pharmaceuticals, Kos Pharmaceuticals and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.

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.