Oren Frank is an entrepreneur in the mental health therapy sector. He co-founded Talkspace in April 2012 and is the chief executive officer. Under his leadership Talkspace has become the dominant therapy app. People use the app to communicate with a licensed therapist. This can take the form of texting, audio, and video. His mission is to make therapy affordable and accessible to everyone.
He spent the first several years of his professional career in the marketing and advertising industry. Oren Frank had been an executive at McCann Erickson, including chief executive officer of their WorldGroup Israel subsidiary. He was also the global chief creative officer at MRM Worldwide.
It was after doing couples therapy with his wife that they both became very interested in therapy since it worked so well for them. They understood, though, that they were privileged and many people can’t afford therapy or carve out the time to go to a therapist on a regular basis. They thought up an app that would be much more affordable than in-person therapy and would be convenient for anyone to use. Find out more about Oren Frank at Huffpost.
Oren Frank says that the trend he is most excited about is the transition from a male-led culture to one that is led by women instead. Men have done a terrible job leading over the past 4,000 or so years. He thinks that women are more advanced than men and will do a much better job as leaders. Every time a woman becomes a VC, politician, entrepreneur, or CEO he sees is as a big achievement and move toward a better world.
His other big thought is that social media is destructive and addictive. He would be very happy to see Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest fail and go out of business. He calls them are surveillance companies that are destroying democracy and journalism.