10 Questions with…
Co-Founder & CEO, Zeel Networks
Healthcare Transformer, StartUp Health Class 1
Samer is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to make it easier for people to find and book appointments with alternative healthcare and wellness practitioners ranging from acupuncturists and chiropractors to massage therapists, physical therapists, and personal trainers. Samer is the Founder and CEO of Zeel Networks, headquartered in New York City. Zeel has raised over $1.5 million in seed funding from angel investors including Esther Dyson, Ravi Mhatre, Tim Kendall, and Matt Ocko. Samer was recently EIR at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Samer’s last venture, career site Vault.com, was acquired by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson in 2007.
Describe your company in 140 characters or less.
Zeel makes finding and booking appointments with qualified health & wellness practitioners fast and easy. Compare prices, book instantly.
Why are you passionate about transforming health tech?
Technology makes managing your health simpler, which means everything from tracking your vital statistics to managing healthcare payments to booking an appointment online at your convenience. You can even get reminders before your appointment. It’s just so much easier.
What was your biggest “a-ha!” moment?
When we first founded Zeel, we assumed that most online healthcare consumers would be motivated by vanity, booking skincare and weight loss treatments. And vanity is indeed a strong motivator. However, we found out that pain is an even stronger motivator – easing the pain from injuries, cancer, fibro, and other chronic conditions. It was a real a-ha moment once I realized that Zeel was perfectly situated to help these people improve their lives and reduce pain. Plus, chronic pain itself is often the root cause of other conditions, like insomnia and depression. It’s really satisfying that we’re helping people live happier, healthier lives with less pain.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with other entrepreneurs?
Be tenacious. There’s an increasingly common belief that if you’re not wildly successful within six months, you should pivot dramatically or close down. In all industries, but particularly in health, building a brand and trust among your customers and tech systems takes time, usually years. You need to stick with it until you reach a tipping point.
What is your super power?
I can follow at least 3 conversations at once.
Who inspires you?
My wife and kids.
What innovation will transform healthcare most in the next 24 months and why?
What is your mantra?
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” (Wayne Gretzky)
What do you do for fun?
Fishing with my kids, barbecuing and enjoying wine with my wife and friends.