Season 6 continues with Sandra Abrevaya, CEO and co-founder alongside her husband, of Synapticure. Synapticure's mission is to make sure no one living with ALS is ever told, “I'm sorry, I can’t help you” because Brian and Sandra know firsthand how difficult it can be to receive ALS treatment.
We chat with Sandra about balancing a romantic relationship and a business relationship with your significant other, what the current treatment options are for ALS patients, and how the COVID pandemic affected business in the medical field.
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3:48 - What convinced Sandra to go to Law School?
5:21 - What are Sandra's top three takeaways from her career in politics that she uses as an entrepreneur?
9:37 - Did Sandra ever think she was going to become a founder?
10:57 - What has Brian's journey with ALS been like and how did it lead him and Sandra to found Synapticure?
16:32 - Are there many options for treating ALS currently?
22:17 - Who was the first person to say yes to investing in Synapticure?
26:20 - What advice would Sandra give to a founder who is looking to build a mission-driven startup?
25:33 - What are some of those unique challenges in building a product and getting it into the hands of customers?
26:07 - How does Sandra interface with patients during this need-finding process?
31:14 - How did the COVID pandemic accelerate part of Synapticure’s roadmap?
33:37 - How does Sandra balance her romantic relationship and her business relationship with her husband?
36:16 - What’s next for Sandra and Brian?
37:49 - What’s next for Sandra personally?
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Welcome back to The Room Podcast. We kick off Season 7 with Spencer Rascoff, co-founder and previous CEO of Zillow. Spencer walks us through how he and the team came up with the idea for Zillow and the unforgettable “Zestimate” feature. Prior to Zillow, Spencer had been the founder of Hotwire, which sold to Expedia for $685 million. Currently, Spencer is an active angel investor in more than 100 companies and is incubating several more through his startup studio and venture capital firm, 75 & Sunny. He serves as executive chair of dot.LA, a news site covering the Los Angeles tech scene and he is co-founder and board chair of Pacaso, the company pioneering a new way to own a second home. In our conversation today, we explore insights and themes such as the art of a killer feature, like the Zestimate, managing team morale and execution amidst a macroeconomic downturn, and why the future of real estate is fractional. For The Room Podcast in your inbox every week, subscribe to our newsletter. 5:05 - Where did Spencer grow up and how did that change his view of the world?6:33 - Did Spencer always want to be a founder?7:38 - What was the public opinion of the internet when Spencer was at Harvard? 11:23 - What did Spencer learn about being an entrepreneur from his experience at Harvard?13:23 - What was the aha moment that sparked the launch of Zillow?15:51 - How did Spencer and the team hone in on the specific product feature for Zillow?19:04 - Did ...
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