about this episode
Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with “grandkids on demand” companionship & non-skilled assistance, shares progress since YC, expanding & pursuing partnership w/ Medicare, & securing $2.4m from Alexis Ohanian
0:52 – Jason introduces Andrew Parker and Papa. Andrew talks about Papa, the inspiration for it, how it differs from other home-care services, and the application process.
8:33 – Correlation between loneliness and healthcare, and why health plans want to pay for Papa as a part of Medicare.
10:23 – Jason thanks sponsor Vettery. Visit vettery.com/twist to download Vettery’s comprehensive Tech Salary report for free!
12:01 – Papa meeting Gary Tan (cofounder of Posterous and Posthaven) and Alexis Ohanian (cofounder of Reddit) through Y Combinator.
13:54 – What a pre-care space looks like with Papa and how they encourage experiences through the application.
16:20 – Andrew does a video demo of Papa and demonstrates the user experience through the app.
24:28 – Jason thanks sponsor Walker Corporate Law. Contact Scott Walker directly at (415) 979-9998 and tell him Uncle Jason sent you or check out walkercorporatelaw.com to learn more about their services!
27:20 – What Papa currently looks like and possible opportunities for Papa – expanding the target market, exposure to diversity, travel options.
35:44 – Cathartic effects of exercise, diet and conversation, and how Papa helps healthy people.
37:42 – The benefits of going through Y Combinator for Papa.
39:53 – Operating in Miami vs. San Francisco
42:18 – Jason thanks sponsor PayPal. Visit paypal.com/growth to sign up for free and set up a business account!
44:18 – Biggest mistakes when approaching VCs early on, and knowing the right stage to approach VCs.
46:38 – The issue with lack of engagement when trying to improve your company.
49:39 – Andrew discusses applying to Y Combinator, getting accepted after the second application, and best practices to get in.
52:08 – Roadmap for Papa moving forward – innovative ideas, and evolving the platform.