Jul 11, 2020
Dresdale joins me to talk about building startups in the mental
health and addiction space. Eric was one of the earliest
entrepreneurs to build a startup in this space called “Next Step”
which he sold to True Link Financial back in 2016.
He now spends a lot of time advising startups in the mental
health space and has some unique insights into care models, care
delivery, addiction treatment, and where entrepreneurs can find
opportunity to innovate today.
Links: Eric on LinkedIn,
HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT:
- Eric was one of the earliest entrepreneurs to build a business
in the mental health and addiction recovery startup space. Eric
came up with an idea based on his experience in early recovery
called, “Next Step.” Next Step was a reloadable prepaid
MasterCard / debit card program that allowed families and
behavioral healthcare providers to be able to fund cardholder's
accounts and set customizable spending parameters in real time.
- Sold the Company to True Link Financial and has focused on
advising startups in the behavioral health space in recent
- In this conversation, Eric shares his story of addiction to
pain killers and how he led him to crash and burn from his high
paying job working for the chairman of Cushman and Wakefield in NYC
as a real estate broker.
- He shared about his initial experiences going to 12-step
meetings to get help and how he didn’t feel like he fit in. Eric
shared that he quickly gave up on those meetings because he felt
like he didn’t find anyone else in those meetings that seemed to be
- After getting fired from his job, he had a night of binging on
drugs that should have killed him. Then, he finally asked for help
and found his way to rehab in October of 2010.
- Eric was one of the earliest innovators in the mental health
space and has been advising a lot of startups in the space. He
gives a number of insights on startups in the space, business
models, care models and more.
- Eric does a great job of breaking down the treatment center
industry and categorizing the types of treatments centers.
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