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Episode 57

Grace Garey

Connecting people @watsi

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Grace Garey is the co-founder of Watsi, a platform for funding healthcare for people around the world. Grace has a background in global and international studies. After living in Ghana and interning at the International Rescue Committee, Grace joined Kiva to help them grow their platform. While there she helped launch Watsi - which became the first non-profit company to ever be accepted into Y Combinator. Grace joins us to share her story, what lead her to becoming an entrepreneur, what she learnt while at Kiva, how Watsi got into YC, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Grace.
  • Learn more about Watsi and what motivated Grace to start it.
  • How Grace approached growth and marketing for a high-tech non-profit.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Grace Garey is the co-founder of Watsi, a platform for funding healthcare for people around the world.

Grace has a background in global and international studies. After living in Ghana and interning at the International Rescue Committee, Grace joined Kiva to help them grow their platform. While there she helped launch Watsi - which became the first non-profit company to ever be accepted into Y Combinator.

Grace joins us to share her story, what lead her to becoming an entrepreneur, what she learnt while at Kiva, how Watsi got into YC, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Grace got into startups.
  • Why Grace helped start Watsi
  • How Grace & Watsi got into YC
  • How Grace approached growth and marketing for a high-tech non-profit.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:34
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

2:35
You lived in Ghana during college and then did an internship in Washington DC as part of International Rescue Committee - what were those experiences like?

5:43
Before we get into your current startup - Watsi - you were previously deeply involved with Kiva. What is Kiva and how did you get the opportunity to internship there?

7:28
You also ended up launching a major program there called Kiva U. What was this experience like and what were some of the tactics you leveraged to grow adoption & generate awareness for this program?

10:36
What were some of the biggest lessons that you learnt during this time?

11:52
For those who might not know, what is Watsi and what motivated you to start it? Where did the name come from?

13:09
Two years later, you guys were accepted into YC - which was the first time ever a non-profit company was accepted into the program. What was the process like for you?

14:16
So looking back on this experience - what were some of the biggest insights and lessons you learnt during your time inside YC? What has been the impact of going through it for you?

20:30
Given your amazing experiences, do you have a funny story that you can share with us?

25:59
What apps, devices or tools are you using right now? And are there any books that you are currently reading, or are on your recommendation list?

27:10
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Grace on Twitter
Watsi on Twitter
Watsi on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, & Books

Slack
Trello
Clay Water Brick

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