Backer Update (July 2016)

Our team has been hard at work sending out your Pryme Vessyls and continually improving the experience. We wanted to send out a quick update to let you know where we are and what’s coming up as we move forward.

CEO: Alan Johnson

We’re ecstatic to welcome Alan Johnson as the new CEO of Mark One. He brings a wealth of experience to the team and a passion to help improve the health and lives of our audience. You can find more about this in our recent announcement introducing Alan.

Pryme Vessyl Deliveries

We’ve been sending out Pryme Vessyl opt-ins at a steady pace, and have no intentions of slowing down. We’ll continue to send out your Prymes as quickly as possible, and will ensure you receive your order if you claimed it during the opt-in survey. As mentioned in our previous update, we’re moving through North American iOS deliveries now while we set up international deliveries and finalize the Android experience.

For international users, we’re working with the regulatory bodies in all international regions to arrange deliveries to you. We’re progressing in this area, and will start sending these out as all the checks are completed. We know you’re excited to experience your Pryme, and we’re excited to have all of these orders delivered. We’ll keep you posted as we setup a seamless fulfillment process with all international regions.

Android App

Your Pryme experience relies on your Pryme Vessyl and the mobile app. For our Android users, we’re working to wrap up the development of the app, and will have it submitted to the Google Play store as soon as we can. Once it’s available to download, we’ll be sure to release another announcement and send your Pryme Vessyl so that you can get started as soon as possible. We appreciate the patience so far as we ensure an engaging and impactful experience for you.

Vessyl Progress

We know you’re excited to receive your Vessyl pre-order, and we’re still focused on bringing you a high quality experience. You can find our latest development timeline in this post, we are on track with these expectations and will share more tangible updates as these new features are implemented.

Accessories + Improvements

We’re always hard at work finding ways to improve the Pryme experience, and we have some new accessories and app improvements to help with this. The latest app version brings new and improved insights to the Pryme Vessyl app, more personalized to your daily activities and lifestyle. We’ve also introduced accessories to the website, including the premium carry bag. You can find it in the Pryme store now!

As always, you can get in touch with our team directly if you have any questions or comments at ‘’. We can’t wait to have everyone experience the benefits of their Pryme!

— The Mark One Team

Pryme Carry Bag: Now Available


We’re excited to announce the arrival of the Pryme Carry Bag in the Pryme Vessyl Store.

The Carry Bag enables easy and fashionable transportation of your Pryme Vessyl. The lifestyle and trend focused design features durable suede-like moisture wicking fabric, a waxed cord and is highlighted by a finger sensitive ergonomic chrome touch point. The Carry Bag utilizes two layers of fabric, which offer some stretch, for added protection of your Pryme Vessyl.

Now you can carry your Pryme with confidence.

The Carry Bag is available for $15 ($12 with the purchase of a Pryme).

Our New CEO, Alan Johnson!

Mark One Appoints Former BevMo! and PepsiCo Exec Alan Johnson as CEO

With over 3 decades at top consumer brands, Johnson plans to utilize new funding from Intel to take Pryme Vessyl worldwide

Mark One, the creator of award-winning intelligent hydration device Pryme Vessyl, has named Alan Johnson as new CEO, where he will focus on growing the company’s presence worldwide. Mark One is also announcing new funding from existing investor Intel to expand production and distribution of its popular Pryme product.

With more than 30 years of experience working for global consumer brands, including executive roles at Gap Inc., the Walt Disney Company, and PepsiCo, Johnson has a proven track record of fostering growth for top companies. Prior to joining Mark One, Johnson served as CEO of BevMo!, where he led the fastest increases in company history in both sales and number of stores, which jumped from 60 to 160 under his direction. Now, Johnson has been tapped by Mark One to accelerate the brand’s momentum, develop the product pipeline, and establish partnerships with target retailers across the globe.

“The market for consumer health technology is huge, and Mark One is already leading that charge,” said Johnson. “My plan is to harness and scale Mark One’s initial success by taking the company global, so even more people can experience the power of good health and optimal hydration.”

Mark One is also announcing several million in additional funding from investors to help accelerate the expansion of Pryme Vessyl, which has experienced widespread popularity after its November 2015 launch in select Apple retail locations.

To learn more about Mark One and Pryme Vessyl visit:


Pryme Vessyl x UCSF Collaboration


Pryme Vessyl Collaborates with UCSF to Help Cystinuria Patients Combat Rare Disease through Hydration

In wake of studies showing how increased fluid consumption can help prevent kidney stone recurrence, people with cystinuria are turning to Pryme Vessyl to help track their fluid consumption

SAN FRANCISCO Today, Mark One, the creator of the award-winning Pryme Vessyl, an intelligent cup that automatically tracks and displays your personal hydration needs, announced a strategic collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco Department of Urology to examine how Pryme Vessyl could be used to help people with cystinuria more easily track their fluid consumption. Ranked first nationwide in competitive funding for urology research – considered a reflection of the department’s caliber in this highly competitive federal funding arena – UCSF urologists are experts in cystinuria and the treatment of kidney stones.

Cystinuria is an inherited metabolic disorder that causes cystine to build up in the urine where it can lead to the formation of stones. These stones can get stuck in the kidneys, ureters or bladder. People with cystinuria tend to have recurrent stones and can have many, painful episodes every year. Some patients undergo thirty or more surgeries over the course of their lifetime to remove stones. As a result, there is a large focus placed on the prevention of stones, and hydration plays a pivotal role in this effort.

“Proper hydration is important for everyone, but it’s imperative for those suffering from cystinuria,” said Dr. Hanson Lenyoun, Head of Health for Mark One. “There’s extensive research showing that increased fluid consumption can help prevent kidney stone recurrence, but it can be difficult for people to track how much they are actually drinking. It’s even harder to collect and share that information with their doctor. We’re excited to collaborate with UCSF Urology to offer people a convenient way to automatically track their fluid consumption. We realize this type of patient-generated health data has the ability to enrich the doctor-patient exchange and help people optimize their care.”

Pryme Vessyl uses a proprietary algorithm paired with personal information to determine each user’s unique hydration needs at each point of the day. The device takes into account varying factors, including height, weight, age, biological sex, exercise and sleep habits, to determine the amount of water each individual needs throughout the day. The amount and timing of fluid consumed is tracked and logged so an individual can review and share the data as they see fit.

To learn more about Mark One and Pryme Vessyl visit:

Your Company Perks Are Killing You

by Dr. Hanson Lenyoun and Zachary Kazzaz


For the uninitiated, walking into tech companies’ office spaces can feel like stepping into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Sweets and treats line the walls and stocked beverage fridges greet you at every turn. Employees are never more than a few steps away from a snack–and that’s before the free lunch appears.

These perks seem awesome, but there’s a side that isn’t discussed. While free snacks are meant to increase employee morale, few people acknowledge they may be harming employees’ health, well-being, and productivity, and negatively impacting the companies they work for. It’s time to take a step back and reconsider the costs and benefits of company perks.

From the Freshman 15 to the Tech 20

While set in a new venue with conference bicycles and Lego-filled innovation rooms, it’s important to realize the behaviors being perpetuated in these offices are not novel, and neither are the outcomes. We’ve seen this play out in the form of the “Freshman 15” – the weight gain of first year college students due to convenient access to fat and carbohydrate-rich foods, served buffet style. Now those former students are a bit older, their metabolisms slower, their lives significantly less active, and we’re setting them up for failure, again.

Colleges have realized the problem and are launching programs aimed at helping students build positive health and fitness habits. Yet in tech, we’re still on the wrong side of the curve, creating a hiring market where these Wonkian perks are expected, and we’re surprised when we end up driving young professionals to gain the more nefarious “Tech 20.”

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