Chase talks to The Next Web about what it’s like to be YC’s first non-profit.
"A startup accelerator backing a non-profit can be compared to the unlikely scenario of a tiger raising a bunny."
Last month, an awesome underground tech/design magazine called Offscreen Magazine pledged 50% of its profits to Watsi.
The results are in, and in less than a month, Offscreen and its customers raised $2000 to fully fund medical care for Abezash, Ngaikiinyi, Ruth, and Ponleu. Everyone will get post-treatment updates on the patients they supported via Offscreen.
It’s amazing to come across a company that’s not only creating an awesome product, but also interested in leverage its network to expand its impact on the world.
More than 2 years since we first imagined a global crowdfunding platform for healthcare, we pitched Watsi to a room full of the biggest investors in the world at Y Combinator’s Demo Day.
Now we’re off to raise the operational funding we need to make Watsi a massive force for change in the world. Wish us luck!
Lavender’s mother, Alice, had the cost of her pre-natal care, hospital delivery, and post-natal checkup covered by 7 donors on Watsi.
Alice told a team member at Lwala, “When you deliver in the hospital, you feel free because you are in the hands of clinic staff. You feel safe.”
Access to maternal healthcare changes lives.
"I’m aware of the huge need for simple and cost-effective medical care in other parts of the world."
When they said it was boot camp for startups.
In January, Jesse, Grace, and I quit our jobs to bring Watsi to Y Combinator, a three-month startup accelerator program in Silicon Valley.
We’ve been living, working, and stealing wifi from coffee shops together, all in preparation for “Demo Day” next week, when we’ll have 2.5 minutes to convince an audience of the world’s top investors that Watsi is the next big thing.
Because of your support, Watsi is one of the fastest growing non-profits in history. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to pitch our tiny startup to the titans of Silicon Valley.
All eyes are on us, and if there’s ever been a time to tell a friend about Watsi or donate a few dollars of your own, it’s right now.
I’m emptying my piggybank as I type ;)
Vuthai, the 18-year-old monk in Cambodia whose medical treatment was funded by donors on Watsi, received surgery to remove a lump from his neck so he can continue school.
On her 5th birthday, she handed out donations to Pemphero, a 2-year-old girl in Malawi, as party favors.
"I never forgot what it was like to live with impossible decisions like whether to buy food or medicine"
I’m Charlotte. I’m 35 years old, a teacher and a mother of four, living in North Carolina. I discovered Watsi from my team message board on Kiva, where micro-lenders were discussing an amazing new nonprofit that directly funds medical treatment for needy people around the world. And you know what? I couldn’t wait to get involved.
I grew up in America, but it wasn’t the shining metropolis or the idyllic rural setting that often characterizes this country. It was a poor urban community where kids regularly went to the community center for free lunch and medical care was often delayed so that groceries could be put on the table. From this difficult setting many hands lifted me from poverty, but I never forgot what it was like to live with impossible decisions like whether to buy food or medicine or invest in education.
Now I support Watsi so that others do not have to make these heart-breaking choices. Everyone deserves a hand up, so that they can feel whole in body and spirit and begin to help themselves. Will you join me in lending a hand, helping a person with a life-altering medical condition? You can literally change a life by investing only a few dollars. If I can do it, you can too!
This is a guest post by Charlotte, a Watsi donor, teacher, and mother of four. We’d love to share your story - email it to email@example.com and we’ll post it here!
As global citizens of the 21st century, we’re part of a community that’s been remarkably catalyzed by women.
And yet, of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty worldwide, 70% are women.
Today is International Women’s Day, and we’re excited to announce our first ever maternal health program to crowdfund safe deliveries for expectant mothers in partnership with Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya.
Meet the new women of Watsi.org!