Yasyf Mohamedali '13

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW? San Francisco, CA

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING
PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
Living the dream! I just started a venture-backed consumer healthcare startup with one of my closest friends. As CTO at Karuna Health, I’m building technology for our rapidly-growing team of health guides to help overwhelmed patients navigate the complex American health system.

WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

Graduating from MIT with a master’s degree and publishing a widely-read thesis in the process, visiting 35+ countries, hiking 2.5 mountains over 4 days in Peru, skydiving enough that I feel comfortable jumping out of planes and learning to dress better.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Improving the patient experience! Healthcare today is far too focused on “fixing the problem,” forgetting that the problem is a part of a living, feeling human entity. I want to bring empathy and love back to the healing process and scale it to every patient on the planet.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

Scaling up the team at Karuna. We’re looking to rapidly increase the number of patients we’re working with, and the speed at which we’re building the product.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
My best friend and significant other, Alice. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without her.

WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?

Michelin-star omakase at Jū-Ni in San Francisco. Words cannot describe the experience.

FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:

Chilling with the Priv guys late at night all Grade 12 year, wishing life would just slow down.

FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):

Too many! Neuf, for being the best houseparent ever. Warndog, for keeping us young. Mrs. Reynolds, for constantly forcing me to be better. Mr. Tate, for inspiring my love of rigor.

WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?

Married, managing a large team of engineers at Karuna and changing the lives of patients every day with our work. Hopefully I’ll have hit another 35 countries and have my skydiving license by then!

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