A virtual community seeking tools for better aging

About us

Tech-enhanced Life, PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, incorporated in Delaware, USA. This relatively new class of corporation combines the features of a mission-driven, non-profit organization with the focus and innovative spirit that comes from being a for-profit business. As a PBC we are allowed to have a dual purpose: making our shareholders happy, while also focusing on our mission.

The specific public benefit purpose of the corporation is to improve the quality of life of the aging and their families. This formal mission is codified in our Certificate of Incorporation.

As a first step in accomplishing this mission we are building a collaborative community (the Longevity Explorers) to identify, trial, review, and evaluate better solutions to overcoming the challenges that come with growing older. The first outputs from our community are the set of decision-support tools and insights you see today on this website.

The nucleus of our community is a group of technology entrepreneurs, executives from the healthcare and aging services industries, clinicians and caregivers, and a growing number of discussion circles of older adults. We are based in Silicon Valley, but aspire to become a global community that can make a real impact on the quality of life of aging people around the world.

We believe in the power of market-driven capitalism as a force for change, which is why we are a PBC rather than a conventional non-profit organization. While the exact "path to revenue" is not yet certain, we expect to share the economic benefits of this adventure with you, the members of our collaborative community.


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Founder circle

Richard Caro

Dr. Richard G. Caro has over 20 years of experience at the intersection of technology and business — as startup CEO (Vital Insite); startup CTO (Summit Technology); scientist / inventor; angel investor; and strategic advisor (TangibleFuture) to emerging growth companies in fields such as medical devices; telecom; digital health; and photonics. 

Richard has been responsible for development of a number of successful products; has 24 issued patents; and received a Ph.D in Physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is an active member of several Silicon Valley angel investor groups, with a particular focus on the intersection of healthcare, aging, and technology. 

John Milford

John has deep expertise in the aging services industry, and thirty-four years of management experience and service organization development skills.

He opened and served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Towers (CCRC) for over fifteen years after a career in hospital and health care administration.

John remains active as the principal of Heritage Consulting for Retirement Living, supports non-profit work for seniors as Board Chair at the San Francisco Senior Center and Board Secretary at San Francisco Village, and has served as Chair of the Grownups Forum at the Commonwealth Club of California for over thirteen years.

Walt Maclay

Walt Maclay

Walt Maclay is President of Voler Systems, which provides the integrated design, development and risk assessment of new devices for medical, industrial, semiconductor, and instrumentation applications.

Voler is active in the problems of the aged, home health, and wearable devices, using its skills in sensors, wireless, motion control, and medical devices.

Mr. Maclay is recognized as a domain expert in Silicon Valley technical consulting associations. He is an instructor for the Product Realization NPI Program; and is a past President of the Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA). Walt holds a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.