CARROT's Michael Antaran Named Featured Speaker for Harvard’s “Voice of Healthcare Summit”

CARROT Founder and CEO Michael Antaran will serve as one of the featured speakers at “The Voice of Healthcare Summit”, which takes place August 5-6 in Boston, MA.

Antaran will present his topic, “From Mobile to Voice: The Story of CARROT,” at Harvard Medical School's Martin Conference Center on Monday, August 5.

“Having the opportunity to present at this prestigious event is a tremendous honor,” Antaran said. “I’m also excited that others are interested to find out how leveraging the strengths of mobile and voice technologies is helping to keep CARROT users on track in their wellness journey.”

CARROT recently released a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa to allow CARROT participants to keep up-to-date on their activity goals, rewards and contests. CARROT is developing similar voice features for Google Assistant.

Named after the popular show The Voice of Healthcare, The Voice of Healthcare Summit will bring together 500 healthcare executives, practitioners, and technologists for two important days.

The Voice of Healthcare Summit is emceed by Bradley Metrock, host of the popular podcast This Week In Voice (see the Season 3 Finale with Mark Cuban) who authored the recent Harvard Business Review article Your Company Needs A Strategy For Voice Technology.

The Voice of Healthcare Summit is part of the VoiceFirst Events series. For more information about the conference, including the agenda-setting conference program, visit The Voice of Healthcare Summit's website,

Awesome-Sauce: CARROT Races Past Netcapital Minimum!

Just one week ago, we introduced CARROT’s offer on Netcapital. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that CARROT has already surpassed its $10,000 minimum raise – and is now one of the fastest startups to reach the $30,000 investment mark on the crowdfunding platform!

“We’re ecstatic with the response we’ve already received,” said CARROT founder and CEO Michael Antaran. “Almost all of the initial investors are current CARROT users or customers. These are the people who know CARROT best, and I think that sends a very loud message about their belief in our future.”

For as little as $4.90, you can now purchase common stock and have an equity stake in CARROT through Netcapital. Details can be found at

Please consider this special opportunity to invest in CARROT today.

CARROT Wins Crain's Detroit Business Competition

CARROT Health & Wellness was named the first-ever winner of the Healthy@Work Challenge at the Crain's Detroit Business Health Care Leadership Summit in Troy this morning. Small businesses and startups were challenged to provide solutions to engage millennials in their healthcare, and CARROT was selected in a live vote of the conference's 400-plus attendees. Founder & CEO Michael Antaran made CARROT's presentation and accepted the award.

One Bike, Ten Million Steps: Michigan Fitness Foundation Presents Detroit Bike to CARROT Winner

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF), with its mission to inspire Michiganders to live more active lives, recently launched a new mobile initiative using CARROT. During the month of May, the MFF conducted a contest in which CARROT users could donate 10,000 steps to receive one entry in a drawing for a free Detroit Bike. More than 10-million steps were redeemed by CARROT users during the 19-day contest with Kristy Simler of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital being selected as the winner.

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Attending the award presentation were (left to right) Lynn Torossian (President & CEO, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital), James J. Tighe (President & CEO, Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation), award recipient Kristy Simler, Bethany Thayer (Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Henry Ford Health System), and Michael Antaran(Founder & CEO, CARROT Pass LLC).

Michigan residents should continue to check out the MFF’s CARROT reward items as many more incentives, including Detroit Bikes, will be available in the months ahead.

Health, wellness or fitness-based organizations interested in using CARROT to further its mission should contact CARROT Pass today. Opportunities to reach CARROT’s rapidly-expanding universe of users are available on a local, regional and national basis. 

CARROT and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

This past week, CARROT CEO Michael Antaran joined 31 other Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum, along with Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffet, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in New York to usher in a new round of graduating entrepreneurs. 

Recent graduate Jean Tang has written a tremendous article about her experience with the program, and the invaluable knowledge she's gained from participating in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Click the link below to read her article on Forbes.

Buffett, Bloomberg, Dorsey, Oh My!: My Graduation From Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses

CARROT Back in the Big Apple

More than 6,700 companies have successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program since 2010. But on the recent occasion of the 20th cohort to graduate in New York, only 32 distinguished alums were invited to join Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg and a select group of America’s top business leaders for an extraordinary round table event in New York City.

CARROT had a seat at the table.  

Twitter & Square CEO Jack Dorsey with Michael Antaran, CEO of CARROT Pass, at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses round table event in New York City.

Twitter & Square CEO Jack Dorsey with Michael Antaran, CEO of CARROT Pass, at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses round table event in New York City.

Michael Antaran, CEO of Marvel Apps and CARROT PASS, attended the exclusive event and gave a brief presentation about his favorite fitness rewards app.

“It was a tremendous honor to be invited to participate in such an amazing event,” said Antaran, a 2014 graduate of the 10,000 Small Businesses program in Detroit. “It was extremely valuable to meet with so many incredible people, and I was pleased and flattered by the interest shown in CARROT.”

Antaran was seated with Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and Twitter, for the business roundtable discussion. “I truly appreciated his feedback and insights into technology,” Antaran said. “Jack is clearly one of the most innovative thinkers in our industry – it’s easy to see why he’s been so successful.”

CARROT Sighting: Dr. Wisdom!

Henry Ford Health System launched its CARROT Health & Wellness Program for its 25,000+ employees with a special event that included a number of fitness-related activities. Attending one such event in Detroit was Kimberlydawn Wisdom M.D., M.S.  Dr. Wisdom is the Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and the Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is also Michigan's First Surgeon General… and now, she’s a CARROT user. Welcome aboard, Dr. Wisdom!

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom with CARROT CEO Michael Antaran

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom with CARROT CEO Michael Antaran

The Henry Ford Health System staff prepares for their CARROT program launch!

The Henry Ford Health System staff prepares for their CARROT program launch!

HAP Uses CARROT for LPGA Walking Challenge

As a sponsor for this year’s LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) wanted to encourage spectators to spend just a little more time walking during their visit to Country Club – after all, living healthier lives is exactly what HAP is all about. 

So they staged a HAP Walking Challenge each day of the tournament, and they used CARROT as the primary tool to reward participants. To participate, contestants had to download the free CARROT PASS app and then connect with CARROT iBeacons positioned around the course. They earned points for walking within 200 feet of those beacons, then returned to HAP’s tent and redeemed those points for great prizes. 

Kudos to the staff at HAP for their innovative use of CARROT technology… and for motivating people to be more active!