Pouria Mojabi was inspired to co-create Supportiv after seeing a friend hide his suffering and struggle to get stigma-free mental health support. He saw peer support as globally accessible, and envisioned a way to leverage AI/NLP to help people heal each other.
He is the former technical co-founder of Vitagene which uses DNA, blood tests and lifestyle data to determine needed nutrients and personalize a supplement package. The company raised a $5.6m seed round and is now the second best selling health and ancestry DNA test on Amazon.
Previously, he was employee #1 and algorithm manager at Basehealth, an AI-driven predictive platform to identify emerging health and disease risk more accurately, which has raised $21m in VC funding. Basehealth was among the first digital health platforms to combine genetics and lifestyle data for comprehensive risk-assessment of cancers and chronic diseases.
Pouria was also an early team member at UCSF & the SF VA Hospital that identified biomarkers to predict Alzheimer’s disease. He has co-authored papers on Alzheimer’s, Dementia, the aging brain, and perfusion-weighted MRI technology. He's also worked at Apple, Visa, and Medidata and given talks internationally about digital consumer health.
Pouria holds an M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from USC.
Helena Plater-Zyberk was inspired to co-create Supportiv as a way to rebuild community and repair the social fabric. She envisioned globally scalable peer support as a truly consumer-centric solution to challenging issues like loneliness and disconnectedness, and conceived a pennies-per-minute business model to make mental wellness affordable for just about everyone.
She is the former CEO of SimpleTherapy, who led the AI-driven digital musculoskeletal health company from pre-product to its first $5MM in commercial contracting from five Fortune 50 clients including Aetna and Humana.
Previously, she was Executive Director for Scholastic's $500MM ed-tech and services division, a business unit of 400+ sales, marketing, product, and implementation employees, acquired by Houghton Mifflin.
Prior to that, Helena was Director of Strategy and Consumer Insights at Condé Nast, the media behemoth that publishes over 20 name brands including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired.
She is a former Rotary Scholar who has worked, studied, and traveled in over 60 countries, including hiking Everest Base Camp (17,600 ft) and Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft). She is also an independent Board Member of the Austin, TX legal SaaS startup Liquid Litigation Management.
Helena holds an MBA from Columbia University.