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Episode 154

Huda Idrees

Founder & CEO, @DotHealth.

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Huda Idrees is the founder and CEO of Dot Health, a platform that enables secure and easy access to your personal health data. Huda began her career as a developer and designer by building websites as a teenager. She then attended the University of Toronto and studied Industrial Engineering before diving into startups. Huda has been a part of several successful Canadian consumer tech startups, including Wattpad where she joined as one of the first employees and really dove into product design. She also helped develop and grow several products at Wave. She then joined Wealthsimple as one of the earliest team members and served as the Chief Product Officer - scaling the company though a major brand shift and launching its mobile presence on both Android and iOS. Today, Huda is the founder of Dot Health, an innovative healthcare platform that makes personal health data accessible and actionable. Huda joins us to share her story, how she started her career in tech, some of the biggest lessons she’s learnt building consumer technology startups, what it’s been like building Dot Health, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Huda got into design and startups
  • Learn more about how Huda approaches building teams
  • Learn more about what it's been like building Dot Health
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Huda Idrees is the founder and CEO of Dot Health, a platform that enables secure and easy access to your personal health data.

Huda began her career as a developer and designer by building websites as a teenager. She then attended the University of Toronto and studied Industrial Engineering before diving into startups.

Huda has been a part of several successful Canadian consumer tech startups, including Wattpad where she joined as one of the first employees and really dove into product design. She also helped develop and grow several products at Wave.

She then joined Wealthsimple as one of the earliest team members and served as the Chief Product Officer - scaling the company though a major brand shift and launching its mobile presence on both Android and iOS.

Today, Huda is the founder of Dot Health, an innovative healthcare platform that makes personal health data accessible and actionable.

Huda joins us to share her story, how she started her career in tech, some of the biggest lessons she’s learnt building consumer technology startups, what it’s been like building Dot Health, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:50
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:07
So how did your passion for design and entrepreneurship develop?

4:38
What was were of the projects you had the chance to work on and how did this experience shape your career as a designer?

10:00
You were one of the early members at Wealthsimple, where you were the Chief Product Officer. For those who may not know, what is Wealthsimple and how did you create the opportunity to work there?

12:46
How did you approach heading up product and what were some of the major projects that you worked on?

15:35
Based on your experience building products across various tech startups, what were some of the biggest lessons you learnt?

16:55
What advice would you have for others looking to transition into more of leadership role?

19:00
What is Dot Health and what motivated you to start it?

21:05
What’s it been like designing a product in the healthcare space? What are some of the challenges you’ve faced?

26:28
Earlier you briefly mentioned increasing inclusion and diversity within startup teams. How are you approaching creating that open culture at Dot Health?

29:34
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used recently for either your personal or professional life?

30:45
Do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

32:08
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about or could draw inspiration from?


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

Twitter Handles & Websites

Huda Idrees on Twitter
Huda Idress on the web
Dot Health on Twitter
Dot Health on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Trello
Slack
GitHub
Quip
Bear
Monument Valley 2
2 Dope Queens
Refinery29 on Snapchat
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