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Star athletes, Navy SEALS, and you: How Will Ahmed's health tech unicorn WHOOP is transforming lives

May 5, 2021

Star athletes, Navy SEALS, and you: How Will Ahmed's health tech unicorn WHOOP is transforming lives

Will Ahmed

Founder & CEO of WHOOP

Health technology company WHOOP is changing the way people in all walks of life approach health and wellness.

World-class athletes track their recovery on it, medical professionals diagnose COVID with it, troops monitor their combat readiness through it.....health technology company WHOOP is changing the way people in all walks of life approach health and wellness. On the Walker Webcast, WHOOP Founder and CEO Will Ahmed joins to discuss how he built the start-up into a $1B company and the power of data.

Will Ahmed has known success from a very young age. To begin the webcast, he shares a few of the ways he keeps himself balanced, and why he prefers to stay as present as possible and keep his eye on his goals. Surrounding himself with driven, motivated people keeps him hungry inside. Listen as Will recounts how the initial idea for WHOOP came to be while he was studying at Harvard: he realized that if various medical responses could be measured, then athletes could be enhanced and a platform around health improvement could be created.

Instead of focusing on athlete performance, Will concerned himself with monitoring their recovery. Hehypothesized that the insight for solving performance problems could be realized through the time spent in recovery. Will explains bringing this hypothesis to life, and  the complications his team ran into while building the devices into a portable, wearable product intended to be worn 24/7. It was a difficult time for the company, but Will recalls the ways he found motivation in the long list of people who believed the business would fail.

Then, Will discusses WHOOP’s breakthrough ability to measure heart rate variability through its wrist device, as well as sleep. The idea of WHOOP is to measure the amount of strain one should be putting on their body. If you have a high rate of recovery, you should take on a more straining workout and vice versa. A recent use case for WHOOP is the technology’s ability to monitor post-COVID-vaccination data among its customers. Will shares the various research WHOOP uncovered and released early on in the beginning of COVID.

Finally, Will shares his predictions for the future of wearable health monitors. Eventually, he believes everyone will be wearing these devices. One of WHOOP’s largest priorities is for their technology to be inconspicuous and look cool. Willy and Will wrap up with a quick discussion on the fluidity of the stock market and how Will responds to shifting values of his company, standing the test of time. 

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