Talkspace is a privately held company that was formed in 2012. It was co-founded by Oren Frank and his wife, Roni. They provide an online way to connect people with a licensed therapist who can help them with problems they face in their lives. Talkspace has mobile apps available for both iOS and Android devices as well as a website that can be used on desktops and laptops.
Oren Frank is the chief executive officer of Talkspace. He wants to start offering his services through employer and his recent hiring of a chief medical officer was a big step towards this goal. The person he hired for this role, Neil Leibowitz, had been UnitedHealth’s senior medical director before joining Talkspace. Oren Frank says that he is increasingly building out his company’s enterprise business and he is thinking of taking his company public through an initial public offering.
Talkspace offers two levels of service. The first one costs $49 and is for messaging a mental health professional. The other service costs $79 a week and by using it people can talk to a therapist over the internet. Oren Frank says that they have now reached the one million user milestone and his company has revenue in the tens of millions. He said that with the addition of Neil Leibowitz to his team the physicians who work for Talkspace will be able to start prescribing medicines to those who need them.
Oren Frank keeps people up to date with activities at Talkspace on his Twitter account as well as other news. He recently commented on an article about the regrets of the man who created the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee. He said that he wanted the web to serve humanity but what people are building on top of it he finds to be disturbing and against the purpose of what he built it for.
He also commented on a recent complaint by Vladimir Putin who claimed he is only paid $112,000 a year despite everyone knowing he earns far more than this through other means. Oren Frank said that Putin is pretty much full of it and found him rather disingenuous.