16: A Modern Way to Age, with Melissa Eamer, CEO, Modern Age
Meet Melissa Eamer:
Melissa Eamer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Modern Age, an organization that helps people take control over how they age. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Glossier, Inc. She was also the VP of Sales & Marketing for Amazon Devices, and worked at Amazon in a number of roles for 20 years. She received an MBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan and a BA in English from the University of Vermont.
Melissa Eamer felt like there was a better way of caring for people as they age. She brings her experience as a builder and manager of software, to healthcare.
- The Modern Age Mission. Their goal is to help people understand their “subjective age,” the age you feel rather than the age you are. Some research suggests that if people feel younger, they take better care of themselves, and live longer. (7:02)
- Balancing Patience and Speed. One of the challenges Melissa faces is balancing between being patient, for the right team member or right idea, while working fast enough so that the start-up doesn’t run out of money. (12:24)
- Finding the Right Board Members. Melissa searched for board members that offset gaps in her experience, and would be willing to push back or have serious debates to build a better product. (16:55)
This episode is hosted by Aaron Martin. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Day Zero and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Providence as well as Managing General Partner of PV.