miércoles, 11 de junio de 2014

All It Took to Cure Baldness Was a Laser Beam, a Garage, and an Indiegogo Push (BusinessWeek)

Theradome Laser Helmet
Theradome Laser Helmet
You know what’s still made in America? Laser spewing hair helmets.
Last August, a startup called Theradome began selling a device—aptly named the Theradome Laser Helmet—that promised to regrow peoples’ hair. Almost one year later, the company has sold thousands of the products, which look a bit like the lovechild of a bike helmet and an Apple laptop. The device sounds too good to be true. Wear it twice a week for about 20 minutes per session, and soon enough you end up looking like Redfoo. In more clinical terms, Theradome boasts that 100 percent of users will see some kind of hair regrowth after six months of use and that, on average, people will have about 40 percent of their hair come back. “We stop your hair loss; we thicken the hair you still have, and then you start seeing hair growth,” says Tamim Hamid, the founder and chief executive of Theradome.
I first ran into Hamid a couple of years ago. He’s a former research engineer at NASA, who, among other things, built a speech-recognition system for the space shuttle. After seven years with NASA at Kennedy Space Center, Hamid moved to Silicon Valley and got into the biomedical device market. He did four startups that made products that solved other peoples’ problems. For the fifth, however, Hamid decided to go after a cause near and dear to his scalp: his once lustrous, thick black hair had started to thin, and he figured near-total baldness was about a year away.

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