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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Nov 26, 2020

Hillary Lin, MD is the CEO and Founder of Curio, a creativity-driven mental health ecosystem backed by science and rooted in community. Hillary is a board-certified physician trained at Stanford, where she obtained her BS, MD, internal medicine residency, and a GSB certificate in entrepreneurship. She has published and presented on peer-reviewed research on medical education, oncology, and neuroscience. She founded Curio as a creative, experiential training ecosystem to address the emotional skills gap left in our formal education which leads to burnout, depression, and other such obstacles for fulfilled living. 

Hillary joins me today to discuss her background and game design and how that coupled with her extensive education at Stanford to become a doctor helped to found her new company, Curio. She shares with us her passion for oncology and making a big impact on how people receive care. We find out she has major love of escape rooms and puzzle solving. Hillary tells us how she became comfortable with sales and how she has tackled marketing and engaged with her customers thus far. 


“If you take a risk then yes, very likely you may fail but at the very least you will know that you tried to do all you could to reach a certain dream. If you don’t take the risk then you actually face an even more sure outcome of failure because you didn’t even attempt to reach your dream.” - Hillary Lin


Today on When She Founded:

  • We learn If her company set out to solve a problem or it evolved to what it is today
  • A discussion on risk taking and how to get comfortable with it
  • The connection between an immersive environment and the success of group therapy 
  • Learning from improv on how to accept what people are telling you and adding to it instead of challenging them.
  • We learn about the Curio experience and who the target client is
  • She shares with us the monetization, insurance component and similar corporations


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