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on some of the amazing people in our world!
We started our #FeatureFriday series to highlight some of the amazing women AND MEN we are honored to know and want the world to know about them too! Our feature this week is Jake Anderson co-founder of FertilityIQ! When I was introduced to Jake, I couldn’t wait to chat via phone and learn all about the exciting concept he and his wife were creating. Jake and his wife traveled to multiple clinics, in multiple states, and along the way learned a lot of hard lessons. They learned that finding the right fertility doctor is an incredibly personal choice, and that the earlier you find the right doctor, the more bearable this whole process becomes. Like many of us who have been through the infertility journey, they found the resources and information about fertility doctors to be filled with hearsay, half-truths and marketing spin from the clinics. With their future riding on this decision, they started FertilityIQ, where the data compiled from a community of concerned patients helped new patients find their final doctor.
Jake is someone with contagious energy and a passion for helping people. I am so excited for you all to meet Jake and learn more about his amazing resource FertilityIQ!
Meet Jake 🙂
Tell us a little about FertilityIQ and your mission. How did you come up with the concept and how hard was it to get started?
1. What was the moment you knew you wanted to do FertilityIQ?
Deb had just been released from a fertility clinic after her retrieval, they gave her bad instructions upon discharged, when she complained of pain they ignored her and when we landed back in SF we decided to go the ER. That decision saved Deb’s life and when our clinic expressed indifference at the whole episode, we decided we needed to warn other families. In effect, we started FertilityIQ the very next day.
2. What one FertilityIQ post/project/moment are you the most proud of and why?
A woman in Wisconsin had her clinic sell her bad donor eggs. They ignored her pleas to be reimbursed. We called the hospital CEO, he forgave the $11K she owed, she took the saved money, went to Chicago, got better donor eggs and delivered three months ago. Aside from my wedding day and the birth of our son, it was the single greatest moment of my life.
3. How would you describe a typical day? What’s your morning to evening routine?
Deb and I get up around 6:30AM, read to our baby, get him breakfast and walk to our office by 7:30AM. We spend the next ten hours talking to patients, fixing our site, conducting research for our next piece. Deb will break for lunch to see our baby in the park and at 3PM I hit the pool for a few laps. At 6PM We storm through the doors of our house to play with Lazer one last time before we put him to bed. We then settle in to watch more mindless TV than I care to admit.
4. Describe yourself in 3 words?
Jittery. Very Jittery.
5. What individuals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, public figures inspire you?
It sounds insane, but right now, Angela Merkel. She is single handedly saving Syrian refugees by the thousands, keeping the Paris Accord on life support & helping a whole continent steer clear of the abyss.
That or Mindy Kaling. We were buddies in High School. We didn’t grow up in a place that give kids much creative rope. She just took it. God love her.
6. If you could be anything…what would it be?
Doing just what I am doing right now. Putting in 60 hours a week, with no salary, to make sure every single woman and couple can have a baby without losing their sanity or their savings. There is nothing worse than being scared out of your mind you won’t have a child.
7. You have a free hour, what do you do with your time?
Take a bath with the New York Times. Can I say that? No? OK, pushups.
8. What’s on your music playlist? What inspires you?
If I am working out, pretty much EDM or straight hip hop. Nas’s Illmatic for sure. Major Lazer likely.
If I am trying to unwind, Morcheeba, Citizen Cope, Arcade Fire.
9. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching old episodes of the Wire. Season 1 is the most ambitious. Season 2 is the most misunderstood. Season 3 is the funniest. Season 4 is the most heartbreaking. Season 5 is the most disappointing.
10. Favorite local coffee shop?
Blue Bottle on Fillmore Street. These jokers make $7 every time I walk through the front door.
11. Food you can’t live without?
Anything my wife whips up from the “Jerusalem” cookbook. I’ve tried to make those recipes myself. Normally it ends up with a ride to SF General.
12. Wine, beer or cocktail?
We just came back from Italy and I was downing Aperol Spritz by the gallon. What sexy genius invented that?!
13. Favorite motivational quote?
“Either we hang together, or we will hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
14. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Honestly, Brazil. I love the culture, the people, the sports, the energy. Deb and I went for a month to learn to dance when we first started dating and it was spectacular. But with Zika, I just don’t know if we’ll make it back.
15. What’s next for FertilityIQ?
Very simple. We need more reviews of doctors or clinics. That is job number one for us and it never ends. We’ll walk through walls to collect every last one because a well-written review can forever chance a hopeful parent’s life.
If you want to learn more about Jake and FertilityIQ, visit www.fertilityiq.com.