Allabtyou gladly adds up some more to the women empowerment stories by talking about A Women CEO. Nurx gets its new CEO, Varsha Rao.
Rao has previously been the head of global operations at Airbnb and also the Chief operating officer at Clover Health. She will be replacing Nurx’s co-founder. On the other hand, CEO Hans Gangeskar who was at this position since 2014, will stay on board as a board member.
The healthcare company sells products directly to the customer. The variety includes PrEP, an HPV testing kit, birth control, a once-daily pill. These are beneficial for reducing the risk of getting HIV. Therefore, it has grown 250% in the last year and has almost doubled the employee count, reaching over 200,000 customers.
Why she decided to join Nurx
‘The company was in need of talent in the C-suite. It faced and handled this kind of growth’. – Varsha Rao.
According to Varsha, companies approach and progress towards bringing strong leaders on board. It is one of the things that excited her the most about joining. The concerned signings are Jonathan Czaja and Dave Fong. Jonathan Czaja was the vice president of operations at Stitch Fix who joined Nurx as a COO. Dave Fong oversaw the corporate Pharmacy services at Safeway as Vice-president of Pharmacy.
Varsha Rao served Airbnb for three years. In late 2017, she joined Clover Health, a Medicare advantage start-up supported by Alphabet. A three-year experience at a mission-driven company like Airbnb is what inspired Varsha. In terms of accessibility to birth control and HIV medicines, Nurx plays a very important role. she believes that it is very fortunate for us to be living in a place with the ability of birth control.
Above all, she adds that it is also amazing that we can make these accessible to all the parts of the nation where it is either inaccessible or very costly. Breaking all the barriers both physical and economic. This in itself a very meaningful task for her.
Varsha is another star in women empowerment stories hit list.
Started in 2015
Nurx is a Y Combinator Graduate, which has raised about $42 million in venture capital funding from Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Lowercase Capitals and many more. Starting in 2015, they made with doorstep delivery of contraceptives accessible with a HIPAA-compliant web platform and a mobile application, with a mission to facilitate the women with access to birth control across the US. The firm, today holds Chelsea Clinton as a board member.
The telehealth start-up currently is catering to customers in 24 states.
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