Christian Rebernik (CEO) and Rowanto Rowanto (CTO) Robert Rieger
What inspired you to found your startup?
When making desicions about health, I often felt stupid or even helpless. For me, our vision is to create a tool to help people understand their health and make more informed decisions.
How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?
We are unique because we are creating a free, customer-centric electronic health record, which is supported by more than 80 insurance customers, and which can be supported by every doctor in Germany.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
I believe health is the basis for a happy live. In our company, we are pursuing this vision together. We define success by what we achieve in terms of impact. We want a vivy user to say that vivy has helped him with his health, or that he would recommend vivy.
What do you want to achieve next year?
We will work together with our partners to make vivy available for millions, and also to continue working very hard to increase the value for our users.
Why do people want to work at your company?
People tell me that they really believe we have a unique chance to disrupt the industry, and to help people with their health. Being part of something bigger than you are alone is something we value. People who work at our company can learn a lot and grow.
What has been the most important milestone so far?
After 1 year of stealth mode, we finally announced our partnership with insurance companies in June. We can now offer vivy to up to 25 million people for free.
Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?
I like to share this with the team regularly. Every time I demo the product, I feel proud and honored that I can show what the team has developed, and what we accomplished together.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
In 5 years, we hope we can provide assistance to millions of people with their health, both in and outside of Germany.
What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?
The health space is highly complex, and it’s very hard to launch a startup in health in Germany. Berlin is a great place to find talented, motivated, and open people from all over the world, and the ecosystem of the startup community is great.
What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?
I am excited to work together with our strategic investor Allianz. I would wish VC’s in Germany have more appetite for risk. There are many great ideas which fail also because a lack of funding at one or the other stage. I think we need to be more bold if we want to achieve game changers.
Vivy was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.