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Alyson Friedensohn and Erica Johnson

  • Age
    29, 32
  • Title
    Cofounders
  • Company
    Modern Health

Industry: Health

Modern Health, a mental health startup from Y Combinator alums Friedensohn and Johnson, is just getting started, but the founders are confident that within a few years their service will be a check-the-box necessity for companies that tout their work/life balance credentials. The company offers holistic “emotional health services” to corporations, from counseling to career coaching, meditation apps, and other services online. They just completed a $9 million round of Series A funding, with investments from Kleiner Perkins and Jared Leto (who heard about their work at Y Combinator and invited them backstage at a concert where he was performing his Thirty Seconds From Mars song about depression, “Rescue Me”). Friedensohn comes from the world of health care startups and management consulting (with a side of CorePower Yoga instruction), and Johnson has a degree in neurobiology and did neuroscience research at UCSF. The combo leaves them poised to excel as millennials move into management and the stigma around talking about mental health issues in the workplace fades.

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List Debut
2019