Dr. Kyle Hoedebecke
In the rapidly evolving world of health and technology, companies and clients alike require guidance from those who not only understand these industries, but are deeply entrenched in their development. Enter Dr. Kyle Hoedebecke.
With his rich tapestry of experiences, Kyle’s reputation is one of excellence, commitment, and innovation in the health and tech arenas. As the cofounder and chief medical officer of Juna Health and founding partner of 1836 Ventures, he is strategically positioned at the intersection of modern medicine and cutting-edge technology. This board-certified family physician isn't just about theoretical knowledge. He's about actionable results, leading in metrics such as quality, safety, patient satisfaction, and more. His expertise doesn't halt there; in the startup environment, Kyle has advised and mentored more than 45 startups, and personally invested in several.
Juna Health, founded in 2021, stands as a testament to Kyle's vision. This novel clinic swiftly addresses high-demand medical areas, while being inclusive and prioritizing accessibility for patients. From its initial offerings of sexual health services to its recent expansion into weight loss, insomnia, and behavioral health, Juna has displayed a keen ability to anticipate and meet the evolving needs of the community. Their approach to healthcare isn't just effective; it's engaging, as evidenced by their viral presence on platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
Concurrently, as a founding partner at 1836 Ventures, Kyle's role pivots to the financial and strategic, evaluating promising healthcare investments and mentoring the next generation of startups. Just as with Juna Health, innovation is at the core of 1836 Ventures, with a deep-rooted commitment to transforming technology-forward portfolio companies and guiding them to their zenith. Although 1836 Ventures opened its doors in 2023, the Houston-based company is already making waves. With the support of its experienced co-founders, who leverage their entrepreneurial, go-to-market, and stage expertise, 1836 Ventures not only provides a roadmap for success, they accompany their clients throughout the entire startup journey.
For potential clients, partnering with either Juna Health or 1836 Ventures isn't just about tapping into the current pulse of healthcare technology; it's about aligning with a vision for the future. It's about realizing that in the vast field of health technology, having someone like Kyle, with his multifaceted expertise and unwavering commitment, can make all the difference.
We spoke with Kyle to learn more about his dual roles and how he became involved with Juna Health and 1836 Ventures.
Why are you driven to help others and volunteer? Why medicine?
From a young age, I've been fascinated by the intricacies of the human body and driven by a desire to positively impact my community. My family has a strong tradition of volunteerism; my parents were avid volunteers, and like my father and brother, I earned the Eagle Scout rank. This commitment to service extends to a military legacy tracing back to World War II, with my own contribution spanning 17 years in the U.S. Army. After my military service ended in 2019, I transitioned to Oscar Health. While my role as a doctor allows me to make a difference one patient at a time, my entrepreneurial endeavors have the potential to benefit countless individuals.
What inspired you to start Juna Health?
During my final years in the military, I observed a concerning rise in sexually transmitted infections. Recognizing that this surge among military personnel mirrored national trends, my co-founder and I discerned a pressing need for a solution. This insight led to the establishment of Juna. We identified that the societal taboo and associated embarrassment surrounding STIs deterred many from seeking timely medical intervention. At Juna, we promote proactive testing for all sexually active individuals. While preventive screenings like those for chlamydia are available for heterosexual women, there's a significant gap in services for heterosexual men, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups. Juna aims to bridge this disparity.
What makes Juna so unique? What services do you offer?
Juna provides swift concierge medical services, distinguished by 24/7 access to our physician team, ready to address a broad spectrum of medical concerns at a single, convenient location. We foster a genuine connection with our patients and their communities through transparent content on social media platforms, including TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. Moreover, our ever-expanding array of tests and treatments is delivered right to the patient's doorstep.
While you’re leading Juna, you also serve as an angel investor and advisor for other healthcare technology startups. Why are you so passionate about helping other entrepreneurs succeed?
Aiding other entrepreneurs aligns with my mission to create a healthier world. Through technological innovation and improved healthcare systems, I can influence positive outcomes on a grander scale. I love seeing other entrepreneurs succeed and helping them wherever possible in their journey.
This brings us to 1836 Ventures. Tell us about your role, and why you decided to become involved.
At 1836 Ventures, my medical background lends a unique perspective, allowing me to evaluate investment prospects from both clinical and payor viewpoints. This partnership amplifies my influence on healthcare's future while offering Americans promising, secure investment avenues.
How is 1836 Ventures different from other VCs?
We stand apart by emphasizing revenue-generating companies. Our hands-on involvement spans 3 to 5 years, post which we navigate the startups through the acquisition phase.
Physicians usually see patients; however, you’re making a difference outside the traditional clinic setting. Why did you choose this route?
To achieve my goal of maximal positive healthcare impact, I've recognized the potency of influencing medical systems on broader national and international scales. By channeling my expertise outside the traditional clinic, I can touch countless lives annually, magnifying my impact.
Kyle's robust educational background includes an MD, an MBA, a Master Public Administration, an MS in leadership, and a Master of Telemedicine and E-Health. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a fellow of the American Balint Society, and a Certified Physician Executive. In addition, Kyle's devotion to public service garnered him the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House; presented to him by President Joe Biden. Notably, Kyle was also selected as the Army Physician of the Year by the Surgeon General.
Dr. Kyle Hoedebecke
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Juna Health
Founding Partner of 1836 Ventures