AsianFeed was founded by Justin Kim, ’21, and is a trendsetting news, lifestyle, and entertainment publication that celebrates the shared cultural experiences of millennial and Gen-Z Asians. AsianFeed is operated under the Famous Media Group umbrella. Endorsements include Microsoft, the Clinton Foundation, the 1517 Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Accelerate NY Seed Fund. The publication has accumulated over 180k followers on their social medias. AsianFeed was a finalist in MassChallenge 2021.
Justin was a Brown University Peer Entrepreneur in Residence in 2021, and is also co-founder of Cress Health, a tech startup with the mission of democratizing mental wellness for all. Cress Health’s app, Callie, utilizes journaling, breathing exercises, meditation, and analytics, allowing users to reflect and learn about their mental health.
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Bloom is an app that teaches teens how to invest via educational modules, empowering the next generation of Americans to build wealth. Features include parental safeguards and bank-grade encryption. Additionally, Bloom works with nonprofits and student-led organizations to spread financial literacy and support the social-good finance leaders of tomorrow. It offers UTMA/UGMA custodial brokerage accounts that helps teenagers invest in a safe and educational way. Bloom was a part of 2021’s Y Combinator, and recently raised $4.3 million from investors, including from a 2020 US Presidential Candidate. As of April 2022, the app’s waitlist has over 35,000 teenagers, with 200,000+ current users.
Bloom is founded by Sonny Mo, ’21 (right) (2019 Brown Venture Prize Finalist), Allan Maman (left), and Sam Yang (middle). Bloom was recently featured in Fast Company and Forbes.
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Brevitē is a direct-to-consumer company that is on the path to be the most exciting backpack brand on the planet! The TikTok-viral company is entirely bootstrapped and has sold hundreds of thousands of backpacks and accessories. Brevitē’s product “The Jumper” was recently awarded the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design, the iF Design Award, the Good Design Award, and the IDEA Award. The company (a 2017 B-Lab alum) was co-founded by Brandon Kim, RISD ’18 (middle) with his brothers Dylan Kim (left) and Elliot Kim (right). In 2022, Brevitē is #604 on the Inc 5000 list.
Brevitē was recently profiled by Forbes and included on their Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2021.
Photo Credit: Dylan Kim, Brandon Kim, and Elliot Kim
Casper, a sleep company that found an unmet need in a $14 billion industry, was founded 2014 by Neil Parikh, ’11, Gabriel Flateman, ’12, and T. Luke Sherwin, ’12. These founders teamed up to create a seamless and unique customer experience while also positively impacting the sleep revolution. Casper now features an expanded line of sleep products and has donated more than 700,000 products to people in need of a place to sleep.
Neil Parikh was a 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 awardee, and Casper was profiled by Forbes in 2019.
From left: Gabe Flateman, Neil Parikh, and Luke Sherwin.
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Co-founded by Justin Kim, ’21, Michael Lai, ’20, and Matthew Lee, ’22 Cress Health is a tech startup with the mission of democratizing mental wellness for all. Cress Health‘s app, Callie addresses mental health. The app utilizes journaling, breathing exercises, meditation, and analytics, allowing users to reflect and learn about their mental health. Callie also provides a virtual AI, a chat-based companion that builds a personalized wellness regimen based on journal entries.
The app is an alum of B-Lab 2020; Kim served as PEIR in 2021. Kim was also named one of Rhode Island’s Inno Under 25 in 2020. Read their profile here.
Photo Credit: Justin Kim, Matthew Lee, and Michael Lai