Diabetes is hard. But it doesn't have to be as hard as it is. My
family joined the community of people managing type 1 diabetes
about 20 months ago when our son was diagnosed. We learned lots
over the following months about how to mitigate the impact on
our son's — and our — lives. Over those first months, we
especially noticed that too much of our mental energy was spent
thinking about and worrying about diabetes. Recognizing that a
lifelong chronic condition is a marathon and not a sprint, it
was worth investing in a tool to help.
Gluroo was born.
But what is Gluroo?
Gluroo is a mobile application that runs on Android and iPhones
and helps you log and track all things related to the diabetes
that is impacting your family. It's not just for the person with
diabetes, but for their parents, their wife, their husband,
their kids, or whoever else helps make sure they're the
healthiest version of themselves.
As a big-tech engineering and product leader, one of the ways
I've rallied my teams around a vision is a set of "We Believe"
statements describing what's important about what we're doing
and how it'll help. That background then helps inform the
day-to-day decisions of the team building the product and
operating the service.
At Gluroo, We Believe...
• That diabetes management is important but doesn't need to be
so time-consuming or exhausting.
• That diabetes — especially in new onset cases and kids — is a
team effort requiring communication and shared understanding.
• That learning about how food, insulin, and exercise (among
many other factors) interact for each specific individual is
fundamental to good glycemic control and that logging is the
best way to build this learning.
• That group chat messaging is a valuable framework and tool for
efficient logging and communication of however much you want to
• And that alerts and notifications are most useful when they're
coordinated across the team, always actionable, and integrated
with logging and communication.
Over the last 14 months, these beliefs have helped shape the
design of Gluroo. My family started using the initial app after
I'd been working on it for just two weeks and we've been
"dogfooding" it ever since. We're grateful to a handful of other
families who've provided early feedback along the way and are
now preparing to get broader feedback from more families as we
invite them to test it with us. We want to make Gluroo as
helpful and useful as possible before making it commercially
Gluroo is not being made commercially available at this time —
we seek additional testers to provide feedback on the
application and service.
Dosing decisions should not be made based on Gluroo. The user
should follow instructions on the continuous glucose monitoring
Gluroo is not intended to replace self-monitoring practices as
advised by a physician.
Gluroo is of alpha quality. It is unfinished and has known
problems of all kinds — big and small — and unknown problems
that can have unintended consequences including injury, mental
distress, or even death. We're making sincere efforts to make
the product as useful and safe as possible — after all we use it
in our families too — but it's an unfinished product and needs
to be treated as such.
Sign up to Help Test Gluroo
If you want to keep learning more about Gluroo, you can sign up
for our mailing list at our website's Join The Beta form. Soon,
we anticipate Gluroo will be available in the Apple App Store
for iPhones and in the Google Play store for Android devices.
You will then be able to download and install the app to sign in
and get put on a waitlist for general access to the app.
Although Gluroo isn't available commercially, we will be
inviting people to join the beta off of the waitlist at which
point you will receive email and phone notification of that
opportunity to join the community of testers providing feedback
on the unreleased app.
And if you're already signed up, please share this post with
others in the community who might be interested in helping and