Meet Thomas!


Thomas is Watsi’s second engineer. He’s worked at New Relic, Pivotal Labs and on Pivotal Tracker in the past, always as a hybrid engineer, designer, and product manager. Thomas is all about making things that work well by understanding people and where they come from. He attended Dartmouth College for two years, as well as the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway.

Follow Thomas on Twitter @neodude.

*No mallards were harmed in the making of this photo.

Watch Watsi on BBC news!


We were featured on BBC news this week! Watch the video.

Friday5 participants chip in $5 each to fund Zablon’s medical care

Friday5 is a startup helping people skip to the best part of giving to charity - finding out what great stuff their money did!

Each week, Friday5 participants contribute $5 each to fund a great cause. This week, they’ve put together $1,000 to fully fund medical care for Zablon (above), a four-year-old boy from kenya who needs surgery to walk again.

Thanks for spreading the health, Friday5!

Sometimes we receive a patient update so amazing we can’t help but share.


Pedro (featured above) lost his right arm in a fireworks accident when he was nine years old. Overnight, things like eating, getting dressed, and writing became a struggle.

A month after Watsi donors funded Pedro’s prosthetic arm, we received the above photo from the medical partners in Guatemala that provided his care, Wuqu’ Kawoq and Bump, showing Pedro’s mom admiring his new-found writing ability.

This update had our entire team crowded around a monitor smiling in awe of the Watsi community. Thank you for helping to rewrite the future for patients like Pedro.

EA donates proceeds of massive Humble Bundle to Watsi


Humble Bundle (one of our favorite companies) lets people pay what they want for bundles of video games and divide their payment between game developers, charities, and Humble Bundle however they see fit.

Today, Humble Bundle is launching a massive bundle with EA Games, and they’ve chosen Watsi as one of the charity beneficiaries.

As if that weren’t cool enough, EA is forfeiting its portion of the proceeds and donating 100% of its profits to charity.

Love great video games and want to do some good for Watsi patients? Get in on the Humble Origin Bundle while it lasts and choose us as your charity beneficiary!

Listen to Watsi on NPR!


Did you miss us on NPR? Listen to Chase interviewed on Here and Now.

Meet Netta!


Netta leads design at Watsi. Before joining the team, she held roles at companies like Rdio, Square, Modcloth, and many moons ago, MySpace. She’s been making things for as long as she can remember, and today, is vehement about creating delightful user experiences. Netta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications and Marketing from Westwood College in Los Angeles, which she acquired a year earlier than planned.  

Follow Netta on Twitter @nettatheninja and check out her portfolio at

Stories of three Watsi donors, filmed by Bokeh Pictures

Bokeh Pictures is a full-service film and video production studio founded by a team of creative professionals from Silicon Valley giants like Google and Apple.

They enthusiastically donated their time and expertise to produce a 100% pro-bono video about why donors use Watsi.

Bokeh’s wildly talented crew captured the stories of three Watsi donors - Nadia, Sam, and Ana - on film. Watch the video to find out why they Watsi.


We are so grateful to Gather Restaurant in Berkeley for letting us take over their beautiful space (above), our friend and supporter Tabreez Verjee for graciously opening his office to us, and the Ghilardi Family for sharing their home (complete with coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches) with the Watsi and Bokeh teams.

Huge thanks also to Nadia Brunner-Velasquez, Sam Chaudhary, and Ana Maria Kelley for letting us film your stories, and to the dozens of our friends who came out to be extras in the video.

Watch the video and check out Bokeh Pictures if you’re in need of an epic film yourself!

Announcing our $1.2M ‘philanthropic seed round’


We dropped everything for Watsi. We quit our jobs, moved across the country, and worked hundred-hour weeks to prove that by connecting people, we could change the future of healthcare.

Three months ago, we had the opportunity to pitch Watsi to the titans of Silicon Valley at Y Combinator’s Demo Day. Today, we’re excited to announce that 14 of the world’s most innovative philanthropists have contributed $1.2 million in donations to fund Watsi’s operations.

Watsi’s founding donors include:

  • Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.

  • Tencent, a company that fosters the development of service platforms and technologies to enrich the lives of internet users.

  • Y Combinator, the preeminent startup accelerator in Silicon Valley.

  • Ron Conway, the godfather of angel investing and one of the first investors in Google.

  • Vinod Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems and an iconic venture capitalist.

  • Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the venture philanthropy fund that seeded Kiva.

  • Joe Greenstein, the founder of Flixster and CEO of Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Eric Wu, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

  • Geoff Ralston, a partner at Y Combinator and founder of Yahoo! Mail.

  • Uprising, soon to be rising.

  • Jasmine Social Investments, a global social investment fund.

  • InnoSpring/TEEC Angel Fund, a global seed fund focusing on disruptive technology.

  • Michael Sidgmore, Director of Institutional Investments at Mosaic and founder of NextGenEngage.
  • Tabreez Verjee, a serial entrepreneur, investor, and seven-year Kiva board member.

100% of every donation on our website funds medical treatment. This round of funding will support our operations as we work toward financial sustainability, and will enable us to focus exclusively on our mission to fund medical care for people around the world.

Our team’s minds have been blown by the support we’ve received from people around the world. It’s because of all of you that Watsi has come this far. Now, we need your help to turn this $1.2 million into a movement that funds medical care for millions of people in need.

Seed the movement by funding a patient’s medical care on Watsi!



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Microsoft, Parallels, and Swish team up to raise $13,575 for Watsi, funding medical care for 19 people


19 people will be receiving much needed medical care, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft, Parallels, and Swish. Earlier this year, Microsoft launched its Windows 8 Quickstart kit for iOS developers. The kit enables developers to test their web apps on Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8 using their Macs with Parallels Desktop 8. 

Microsoft placed 1,000 of the kits up for pre-order on Swish and asked developers to donate $25 to Watsi (or two of our favorite other non-profits, and Khan Academy) to secure a Quickstarter kit.

The kits sold out in a matter of hours, raising $13,575 for Watsi patients.

We’re so grateful for the support of the modern.IE team at Microsoft, as well as the teams at Swish and Parallels. Thanks for making Watsi patients the beneficiaries of this awesome campaign!