49: Connecting Health and Social Care, with Dan Brillman, Co-founder and CEO, Unite Us
Meet Dan Brillman:
Dan Brillman is the co-founder and CEO of Unite Us. He is a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a pilot, and has served since 2007. Previously, he was a Principal at Scout Ventures and an Investment Analyst at Buck Consultants. He received a degree in Political Science and Government from Yale University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
When Dan Brillman returned from a deployment, veterans that he served with asked for help with their health and social service issues. He realized veterans and civilians alike needed support in accessing fragmented human services.
- Connecting Fragmented Systems. Dan found that the services meant to help veterans – like housing, mental health, and employment – were disjointed and complicated to navigate. He founded Unite Us, a technology platform that smooths the connection between patients and services in their community.(7:39)
- Redefining Care. Dan envisions a future where human services are given the same importance and funding as traditional health services; where housing is given the same attention and resources as a knee surgery. (16:15)
- The Highs and Lows. A low point in the entrepreneurial journey for Dan was feeling ahead of the market, having trouble securing investors and partners, which limited the number of people they could help. A high point came when Unite Us scaled to where its teams were executing independently, with expertise greater than Dan’s own knowledge. (22:04)