Oren Frank is a former marketing executive who is now the co-founder and chief executive officer of Talkspace. His company created an app seven years ago that provides people with an easy and affordable way to gain access to a licensed therapist. The app has now been used by over a million people, most of whom never had been able to gain access to psychotherapy before.
He says that he and his wife, who also co-founded Talkspace, first learned about psychotherapy when they made the decision to go to a couples therapist. They ended up falling in love with therapy while also keeping them in love with one another. They wanted to bring therapy to a wide audience but so that there were barriers such as being able to afford it. They knew that technology could surmount the barriers which is why they came up with an app that lets people communicate with a licensed therapist when they need or want to. Find out more about Oren Frank at Huffpost.
Oren Frank says that too many industries lack moderation which leads to mental health issues. A lot of companies feature extreme work culture where people are expected to work way too many hours and be available around the clock. Oren Frank points out that this isn’t just destructive for individuals but is very counterproductive for the company. People who have time to spend with their families, go on vacation, and engage in hobbies are a lot happier. They are also more engaged and productive when they are at their job.
When asked about something he believes in that most people don’t agree with him on he quickly talks about social media. Oren Frank says that social media is both addictive and destructive in ways that people are just now starting to figure out. Way before people found out that Facebook, Twitter, and the rest are spying on people he had been warning people about how these services are bad for one’s mental health. He says they also undermine journalism and democracy and he thinks that all of the social media companies should be broken up and then closely regulated. See more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/oren-frank