Feb 21, 2021
In this episode we chat with long time healthcare startup
Dyson. Esther has been very influential in the healthcare
investing space for quite some time. It’s very hard to run
into anyone doing anything meaningful in the broader healthcare
space and not find a connection to Esther in some way.
She’s the executive founder of Way to Wellville, a non-profit
dedicated to demonstrating the value of investing in health,
including how the benefits of investing in health accrue over time
and not always to the investors directly. Esther spends her time
investing in startups, a lot of them in the health space, and she
is a board member at a bunch of companies such as
Yandez, as well as being an early investor in
Square and many others.
You can connect with Esther here:
LinkedIn, Twitter, Wellville Website
What If Fellowship Program: https://whatif.vc/fellowship
HERE ARE SOME THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT:
- Esther shares how she found her way into the mental health
space as an investor and as an advocate encouraging more people to
invest in the space.
- We talk about the difference between short-term and long-term
thinking regarding health solutions and how society needs to decide
to invest in better health overall rather than focusing on only the
- Esther shared her opinion on what is actually beneficial to
making a healthier society. It’s not what is being focused on now
because we are too busy focusing on the short-term solutions.
- There’s a disconnect between the number of people who want to
fix the healthcare problems and the money that is actually being
put towards the solutions. Esther shares why she thinks there is a
disconnect and what can be done about it.
- We discuss the wide range of the meaning of the word addiction
and how it is not a moral failing, but rather a learned
- Esther shares what early investors should be looking for when
choosing which companies to invest in to avoid investing in
predatory companies and how to evaluate your investing
opportunities to find the right one for you.
- We talk about what is the most important problem to focus on in
the health space and how your personal mission affects your opinion
on which problems are the main priority.
- We talk about the effect that the poor educational system is
having on our country and how fixing the health issues around kids
in school will hopefully lead to a better future with a healthier
society with better access to care.
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