Health Community Trusera Officially Closes Its Doors
Wednesday, May 20, 2009; 11:12 AM
Trusera, a health 2.0 community where users can share their stories about how they?ve dealt with health conditions, is officially closing its doors on May 27, according to a blog post on the site. We originally reported on Trusera's possible shutdown in March, when the startup was nearly out of money.
Founded by former Amazon exec Keith Schorsch, Trusera launched almost a year ago. Trusera sought to bring users together who were suffering from similar health conditions. The site also took other personal information into account when connecting people, including a user?s hobbies, location, and age. Trusera would then match people up according to all of these factors and allowed users to receive email updates whenever a new match submitted a story or tip, which meant that users didn?t have to worry about constantly searching the site for new information.
In the blog post, Trusera's site manager wrote that the startup had run out of funds and could not sustain operations. Although the site was innovative and had steadily attracted a growing and dedicated set of users over the past year, it was still a small community. The health 2.0 space is a competitive landscape to survive in?there are a number of websites, including Medpedia and PatientsLikeMe, devoted to online forums for people to share their health-related stories.
After the close, Trusera will keep a landing page with information about the site and its mission but will disable all other functionality. Trusera says that the content of site will be secured so that it can be preserved in the event that the startup is able to raise additional funds in the future.