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Scenes from the PatientsLikeMe Company Picnic

Every summer, PatientsLikeMe pulls out the Nerf guns and throws a company picnic for our employees and their families.  This year, the fun took place at Boston’s Museum of Science so that we could enjoy both the museum’s exhibits as well as its prime location on the Charles River. With the Boston skyline twinkling over our shoulders, the team noshed on hamburgers and hot dogs while getting glitter tattoos, playing bocce ball and engaging in our annual Nerf gun war.  Below are a few shots of the afternoon taken by our resident shutterbug and Head of Product, Jeremy Gilbert, who captured the lighthearted feel of the event.  It’s hard to believe summer is almost over, but at least we got in one last gasp. A big thanks to our amazing Office Manager, Alison Dutton, for pulling together another fantastic gathering! Clockwise from Top Left: Jamie Heywood Aiming His Nerf Gun;  Shivani Bhargava, Marni Coons, Tim Vaughan and His Wife Brigid, Courtney Cydylo and David Blaser Spelling Out the Hashtag #YOLO (You Only Live Once) Inside the Museum; Jeanette DeVita and Her Son Isaac; Ben Heywood Showing Off His New England Patriots Glitter Tattoo.

A Day in the Life of PatientsLikeMe Office Manager Alison Dutton

What’s it like to work at PatientsLikeMe?  We are continuing to reveal just that with our monthly blog series “A Day in the Life,” which features various employees from different departments.  So far, we’ve featured people like User Experience Engineer Cris Necochea and Research Assistant Shivani Bhargava.  Today, we share our interview with Office Manager Alison Dutton, who’s been keeping things running smoothly – and hilariously – for the past two years.  Find out what we learned from Alison about life at the epicenter of a startup. 1.  What’s it like being the Office Manager of a growing startup? I have heard this particular question many times before and each time I give a different answer – all depending, of course, on how the previous day has ended. It can be incredibly exhilarating and at the same time exhausting mentally as well as physically. The important thing to note is that it’s never, ever dull. Although this can be said for most positions in a startup, for me, I relish the spontaneity and craziness that ensues on a daily basis. I have had experiences with established companies that had more of a corporate culture. It is Groundhog Day all over again. Since …

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A Day in the Life of Research Assistant Shivani Bhargava

What’s it like to work at PatientsLikeMe?  We are continuing to reveal just that with our monthly blog series “A Day in the Life,” which features various employees from different departments.  So far, we have profiled Research Scientist Mike Massagli and User Experience Engineer Cris Necochea, and today, we share our interview with Research Assistant Shivani Bhargava.  Unlike Mike and Cris, who are both company veterans, Shivani offers the perspective of a more recent hire.  Find out what it’s been like for her to jump in and start her career with our team. 1.  What convinced you to join PatientsLikeMe? I was recruited right out of undergrad in the Spring of 2010. I was just beginning my job search and a previous employer pointed me to this fantastic startup in Cambridge, MA. It took five…maybe ten minutes to fall completely in love with the website and realize I wanted to help contribute. I really liked the idea of a completely unique healthcare company that was using a creative business model to actually improve healthcare by putting the patient voice first. After two interviews, in which I’m almost positive Paul Wicks and Sally Okun took pity on my bumbling college student enthusiasm, …

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