Former Buzzfeed CTO Levy To Reprise The Role In Health Startup RO

by StartupWorld Staff         

RO, the end to end digital health startup for Men has officially announced that Buzzfeed’s former CTO Todd Levy will reprise the role with the healthcare startup.

Prior to joining Buzzfeed as Vice President of Engineering in 2012, Levy co-founded and led the link management platform bit.ly. Levy is expected to take up the mantle on Wednesday, August 14. The digital media based entertainment platform Buzzfeed has not made any comments on this yet.

“First and foremost, we needed a great team builder – someone who cares about team spirit, not just the code. Given the high growth state of our business, we also needed a leader who has seen or led the scaling of an engineering team like ours into the next stage (from 30 engineers to 200),” quoted Co-founder Samann Rahmanian in an email statement.

He further added that Levi’s strong technology background and fluency in modern software architecture would be pivotal to attract top talent.

Levy To Reprise The Role In Health Startup RO

C0-Founded by Rob Schutz, Saman Rahmanian, and Zacharia Reitano in 2017, under the name of its flagship brand Roman that is focused on erectile dysfunction.

The startup then took up the name of RO last year. Roman offers online consultation for $15 post, which the customer receives a prescription of Viagra, Cialis, or genetic drugs if deemed necessary.

RO also hosts Zero and Rory health brands. Zero is focused on helping people quit smoking using a complete kit that contains medications for a month and a digital app to track their progress. Rory targets menopausal women by offering six products that are used to treat four different conditions. 

The digital health startup recently raised $176 million in capital funding from Initialized Capital, General Catalyst, and SignalFire, among many others. The first round of funding came seven months from its launch, which was closed at $88 million.

The company is looking to enter the unicorn ranks and increase its user base. With the experience of Levy backing the company, it is safe to say that they are one step closer to their goal.


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