Long before Covid, Jon Pearce saw that the future of health was virtual. He founded his virtual health care platform, Zipnosis, back in 2009, so it was well-positioned to scale by 2020. In 2019, Zipnosis facilitated a couple hundred thousand visits, but in the first week of March 2020, it hosted 80,000 Covid-related virtual visits alone. By the end of 2020, it had helped diagnose and treat nearly 2 million patients and doubled its staff to 51. In 2021, Bright Health, another Minnesota-based startup, snapped up Minneapolis-based Zipnosis, which by that time, had nearly 60 large health system users across the country. Acquiring Zipnosis is Bright’s first step into the telehealth sphere. And now that Zipnosis has left the nest, Pearce has plans to build another startup.