Daniela Luzi Tudor on solving the $440B substance abuse problem that she experienced first-hand
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On this episode of The Build in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Daniela Luzi Tudor, CEO and co-founder at WEconnect Health. The highlights:

  • Daniela's personal story of substance abuse that led to the idea for WEconnect.
  • How she met her co-founder, Murphy Jensen, former professional tennis player while on Richard Branson's island.
  • The challenges building as a B2B2C business that doesn't fit the typical mold.
  • How the principles that Daniela learned in recovery have helped influence her company culture, the way she runs meetings, and how she treats people.
  • Raising money, growing the business, and building a company culture.
  • Daniela's lessons along the way and her view on the Seattle startup community

Guest Bio:

Daniela Luzi Tudor is a serial entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CEO of WEconnect Health, an on-the-go custom support and connection system for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. This venture is guided by Daniela's core mission: Using the vast potential of technology to connect people and communities for physical and spiritual health. Her belief in the combined power of art, music, and technology to build communities and solve problems stems from her own experience with overcoming adversity.

Daniela's career has had a dual focus on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. She has founded or been instrumental in three start-ups: WEconnect, The Beats Running Events, and SoundStrokes. She has a strong track record as an intrapreneur/tech. evangelist in the technology world. Her career also had a heavy focus on building successful engineering and development teams on a consulting basis for major enterprises such as Microsoft.

The story behind Daniela's inspiration for WEconnect and work on the WEconnect mobile app has been featured in Techstars Blog, Forbes, TechCrunch, Geekwire, Seattle Times and more.

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