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A private network of healthcare professionals working together to save valuable time and make patient care more efficient.
Mindex.today is a private invite-only active membership service designed to help mental health minded healthcare providers locate and refer their patients/clients to other mental health minded healthcare providers.
Mindex's goal is to provide mental health care professionals with real-time, detailed information regarding mental health practices.
A SaaS CRM, that abandoned conventional "customization" in favor of custom user experience.
Elegant and minimalistic, Fetch offers the users everything they need from a CRM and nothing more. No endless feature checkboxes to click. Everything is included - out of the box.
All three platforms. Mobile first. No exceptions. It's the 21st Century.
A better, faster, and more reliable sales system.
Marketing on several social media platforms has never been easier with our all in one system where you can generate leads, run quotes, track your performance, and so much more.
Close more sales.
Take the guesswork out of the insurance sales process. Our platform will walk your clients through the entire process with minimal assistance, giving you more time to do what's important.
Automate insurance business within minutes.
What Makes Us Different
Here's our 2017 vision.
We are true bootstrappers. We are looking for other bootstrapping engineers with both skills and the motivation to succeed and be apart of a business that is sustainable for the long haul.
We're not trying to play the corporate or venture capital games. We want to keep things simple. We build a great business SaaS that solves real world problems for everyday business practitioners.
We understand that business trends come and go. LionStack plans to be a software company that embraces trends that are here to stay but also focuses on building a company that stands the test of time.
Come and be a part of something special! Be a part of LionStack!
Founders
Jason Barber, CEO
Jason's 18 years of business experience includes responsibility in public companies and business development across multiple disciplines within the healthcare community. He has worked with TeamHealth, Texas Health Resources, and Hospital Corporation of America.
Alex Rogachevsky, CTO
25-year Fortune 100 IT veteran in the financial, insurance, and healthcare industries Alex built over 15 mission-critical ERP-class software systems before deciding to team up with Jason to solve the pressing enterprise automation issues.
Technical Perspective
If you came to our un-SEO’ed below the radar site, you want to a) join our lean team, b) use us to solve some pressing automation problem, c) invest to help us grow, or d) compete with us in the enterprise automation field. Regardless of your intentions, we are fighting for the same cause: to defeat the runaway business process complexity.
It was in check a couple of decades ago, when I started my career. Despite the managerial crusade to eradicate hard to comprehend and no doubt “expensive” software engineering: through simplistic e.g. tabular perception of data and allegedly “DIY” programming languages: from 1970’s mainframe COBOL to 1990s PC 4GLs: from FoxPro to Access, the enterprise tech kept moving forward, producing robust systems written in pro languages like C++ and Java.
If stars aligned in the late 1990s, those systems would have replaced old school ERPs, not to mention COBOL with the looming Y2K. Sadly they didn’t. Y2K was just “averted” - by employing armies of cheap code monkeys to keep zip-tying and duct-taping the 1970s mainframe. All while Google used C++, Java, and other industrial-strength tools to develop incredible products, albeit only in the consumer space. That started the gap between the space-age consumer tech and archaic business software.
The last enterprise software invention happened in 1999: Salesforce - a thoroughly reimagined and meticulously optimized table-centric 1980s Oracle Forms. Salesforce reduced the cost and effort 10 times, requiring tens instead of hundreds of Oracle, SAP, or IBM consultants to “customize” an ERP-class product - essentially writing it anew in awkward proprietary languages catering for mythical semi-technical do-it-yourselfers.
Note, that Google and Facebook never thought of inventing proprietary search or blog languages, leveraging the power of scientifically conceived C++, Java, and even the good old PHP. Could someone use Java to do the same for enterprise software? A robust ERP is not very different from complex Google and Facebook back-ends with their UI and business logic: analytics, configuration, maintenance, and many other things a Gmail or Facebook user has no idea about.
Could someone outside Google use normal computer science and quality programming to do a better job, than Salesforce? 10x better to be exact - finally bringing ERP costs under a million w/o cutting a single corner? I didn’t need a new programming language for that.
Think about it. Who developed the tools you use: React Native, Mongo, countless Apache projects? Mortals without MIT or CalTech credentials. Why not? What’s stopping you to become a 10-100x programmer - leveraging your own tools no one else thought of? Instead of cramming other’s inventions: abbreviations to put on your resume.
The only question remained: who’d benefit from 10x programming in my case? Sure, Google would have rewarded me, if I worked there. The problem, at least for me, was Google’s, Facebook’s, and even Amazon’s focus on consumer tech. They avoid unglamorous business software like a plague, offering infrastructure automation at best.
No one else seemed interested in the new generation of mission-critical enterprise systems. The IT world was happy with COBOL, MS Access, and SAP. My IT employers enjoyed commanding armies of third-world slaves, making the whole IT Consulting Food Chain fatter and slower than ever - happily raking in man-hour revenue.
Have I seen enough customers in need of solid business process automation throughout my career? Was my hypothesis about the total vacuum of robust enterprise software correct? The vacuum, created by the 17+ year industry stagnation and business vs. consumer technology gap.
Was it all in my head? Or businesses of all sizes, primarily the smaller ones w/o dedicated IT departments, are really starved of the 21st Century tech? I’ll let Jason chime in on that.
Alex Rogachevsky
Sales Perspective
Alex and I were bound to team up. There is no magic. Alex delivers. I sell. There are methods and skills to both. Neither of us is a rocket scientist. We just have the freedom and enormous joy to do our jobs right.
That’s it. We know what we are doing. We love it. It’s working. The money is a byproduct. LionStack’s financials are dead simple: real revenues generated from customers. No abstract monetization strategies by acquiring users and selling their data.
The market? We’ll let others compete for teenager audience with yet another blog or crypto-messenger. We’ll let Silicon Valley play its eternal hype and dump game with AI vaporware. We do incorporate ML in our products when it makes sense.
AI is great, but someone needs to cover the essentials e.g. help the doctors find each other and collaborate on a specific patient case. Someone needs to streamline the convoluted medical billing. Someone needs to orchestrate marketing activities e.g. Facebook ads and lead management into one slick product. None of that is new. Yet it doesn’t exist. Products like that come from real software development - not hacking together a few third-party services in a typical IT “integration” manner.
Healthcare CIOs constantly tell me, that medical automation is all about integration. There is more than enough integration technicians among hourly paid IT consultants. Yet not enough expert programmers to design and develop new products to be “integrated”. The industry has been integrating aged software for far too long without developing anything new.
Freelancers don’t do it - too complex compared to blogs and e-commerce websites. Funded Silicon Valley startups stay away from anything unglamorous and labor-intensive because of the zero hype-ability for an “exit strategy”. IT consulting firms, big vendors, and others involved in so called “enterprise sales” get enough business keeping alive “legacy” systems of F100. No one seems interested in the new generation of precise and complete business software of the ERP caliber.
Now, is there a demand for software that covers all customer needs, works out out of the box, and feels custom to every client? To this day I haven’t found a satisfactory sales automation system. Not a CRM I need to integrate with 10 other software products. One system I can use w/o copy/pasting data all over. The same goes for ATS (recruiting), medical billing, car sales, promotions/marketing, and other industries I worked at during my career. They are not “niches”. It’s an endless universe, abandoned by the man-hour happy industry, that stopped programming.
Jason Barber
Working at LionStack
We are a lean team of experts. If you are just starting, we’ll make you an expert. If you are already an expert, we’ll appreciate your contribution from day one. Not your diploma, abbreviations on your resume, or your textbook (algorithmic) proficiency. The real contribution.
We reward it with money. Not titles, vague “career future” promises, “work and life balance”, “cool work environment”, company mugs/t-shirts, free sandwiches, or other HR “perks” to compensate for the low salary.
We were underpaid and abused corporate IT employees once. We endured life or death negotiation over a 5% of starting salary. We don’t want you to go through that. We are fellow engineers and salesmen who need help with our projects, not “hiring” or other kind of “managers”.
Unlike other “startups” founded by a couple of Ivy league buddies or ex-execs with golden parachutes burning a hole in their pockets, LionStack didn’t start with a COO or CFO. We don’t have “general” managers to “facilitate” “collaboration”, “communication”, and “teamwork” via inspirational speeches. Nor PMs to count hours. We did away with dedicated QA to report bugs the rushed overworked developers already know about after mindlessly throwing unfinished and untested code over the wall.
LionStack was founded by an engineer and a salesperson, and we intend to keep it staffed by people like us. If we ever hire a CFO or a COO, they would be our support personnel. Exactly like you would be treated at a company founded by an ex-COO or CFO - always looked at as an overpaid necessary evil for MBAs, who don’t understand programming or sales.
Most importantly a lean group of people who know what they are doing, doesn’t need investors. We answer to ourselves in terms of ROI and other “KPIs”. We don’t care about speculators: from VCs to stock traders. We exist for our customers, starved of quality enterprise software, when everyone else is either “maximizing” billable man-hours or planning the “exit strategy”. We live on honest sales. We hire. As simple, as that.
We do not envision growing “big” in a Wall Street sense: headcount-wise. Instead we envision every one of our developers and salesmen becoming a multi-millionaire. We want to give our customers multi-million products at the fraction of their cost. And in exchange for doing our job well we want to enjoy millionaire lifestyle.
That’s all. If you are interested in a cool corporate office, “startup scene” atmosphere, or anything, other than leveraging your brainpower to get rich (while enjoying the process), get back to your corporate career hoping you won’t get outsourced by the body shop next door.
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