So who are we?
Richa Krishna: A Senior at Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA was previoulsy a design intern at a San Francisco based wearable device company Kenzen, a founding team member for EmojiHealth (a teen mental health app) at Quarter Zero incubator, national finalist in FBLA publication design business competition, certified mentor at Palo Alto makerpsace, and founder of an online business that sells DIY products.
Anna Pertl: A Senior from Munich, Germany, previously started a charity project in Burkina Faso doing organization, fundraising, and web design, does school yearbook and editing and runs social media.
The idea for Pulse Wearables stemmed from a personal need in Richa's life:
‘‘For 12 years, ballet had been the one thing I was most passionate about. But when I was at the peak of my pre-professional training, I was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden death among athletes today. I was told I had a thickened heart muscle that increased the frequency of dangerous heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, at high levels of activity and that I had to stop all forms of intense physical training. The activity that I was so passionate about and that gave me the most adrenaline rush, all of a sudden posed a major risk to my life. My heart could have stopped beating any time I was dancing. I had to stop dancing altogether because I couldn’t tell when I needed to slow down.’’
When you bring three talented and ambitious teenagers together to solve a problem, you get an extraordinary team.
The Pulse Team came together at MIT Launch (now called LaunchX) in 2017 and has since been working hard to get their product in the hands of those whose lives we believe it can change.