Malinka Walaliyadde

CEO, Co-founder, and Board Member

Malinka Walaliyadde

Prior to AKASA, Walaliyadde was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a $16.5B venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. While there, he helped start and build their healthcare investment team, which focused on investments at the intersection of software and healthcare. He worked on almost 20 investments totaling over $250M in deal value. Walaliyadde previously worked at Corning Life Sciences, Counsyl, and on the healthcare team at Deloitte. He has previously been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list and holds a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, graduating cum laude with honors from Cornell University.

Varun Ganapathi, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder, and Board Member

Varun Ganapathi, Ph.D.

Ganapathi has a bachelor’s in physics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, he focused on machine learning and computer vision. His doctoral thesis was the basis of his first company, Numovis, which was acquired by Google. After his time at Google as a research scientist, Ganapathi went on to create Terminal.com, which was acquired by Udacity.

Ben Beadle-Ryby

SVP, Commercial, and Co-founder

Ben Beadle-Ryby

Beadle-Ryby has nearly 15 years of experience as a healthcare economist, specializing in technology and consulting solutions to address financial challenges for hospitals and health systems. Prior to AKASA, Beadle-Ryby was a partner at the Advisory Board Company and at Optum, leading revenue cycle consulting growth and delivery. During his career, he has worked with more than 200 provider organizations across the country, delivering long-term operational improvements. Beadle-Ryby has a degree in mathematical economics from Colorado College.

Andy Atwal

VP of Engineering and Co-founder

Andy Atwal

Prior to AKASA, Atwal served in senior product management and operations roles and was the founding software engineer at Counsyl, a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact women, men, and their children. He has a degree in computer science from UC Berkeley.

Ryan Roland

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Roland

Roland has more than 20 years of experience in financial operations and management of high-tech companies. Prior to AKASA, he served as CFO at Honor Technology where he helped guide the company through $210M in equity financing, $300 million in debt financing, and four acquisitions, including Home Instead, creating a combined organization representing over $2 billion in home care services revenue. Prior to Honor, Roland was CEO of Teespring, a commerce platform for building brands, which sold more than $800M of products during his tenure there. He also held senior finance roles at Jive Software and SuccessFactors.

Carolyn Satenberg

Chief People Officer

Carolyn Satenberg

Satenberg has more than a decade of strategic HR and legal experience in early-stage tech companies. Prior to AKASA, she served as chief people officer (CPO) at Digit where she helped lead the organization through 3x growth and a successful acquisition. Prior to Digit, Satenberg's first stop in tech was helping build out the people organization at Mixpanel, a data analytics startup, followed by leading the people organization at Eventbrite where she helped coordinate a successful acquisition and IPO. She started her career as a family law attorney in New York City and is passionate about high-performing cultures, people, and pizza. Satenberg holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Cory Costley

Chief Product Officer

Cory Costley

Costley has led multiple teams to build products and businesses in the healthcare space. He cofounded Avizia, an enterprise telemedicine company that was acquired by Amwell. At Amwell he became SVP of hospital products, overseeing a multi-million dollar product portfolio comprised of enterprise software, devices, and services to more than 70 of the largest health systems. Costley started his career as a software engineer and spent time developing business frameworks at McKinsey and driving product development for Cisco. He is also an advisor for several investment firms and companies in the healthcare technology and solutions space. Costley holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Amy Raymond

SVP of Revenue Cycle Operations and Deployments

Amy Raymond

Raymond maintains operational responsibility for the production and performance of the firm’s AI-driven automation platform. Across her 25-year career in revenue cycle, she has held several leadership, consulting, and implementation roles. Her industry experience includes tenures at national and regional health systems, as well as numerous care settings and specialties. Most recently, Raymond served as a senior leader in the revenue cycle technology vertical at Advisory Board. Her extensive professional expertise includes: end-to-end revenue cycle operations, process redesign/optimization, patient financial experience improvement, technology deployment/adoption, change management, and employee engagement. As a military spouse, Raymond is a passionate advocate for mil-spouse hiring and community support.

Zach Barrett

VP of Strategy and Operations

Zach Barrett

Barrett has spent his career in various strategy and operations leadership roles at early-stage technology companies. Most recently, he worked as an "operator-in-residence" at Juxtapose, a NYC-based venture fund, supporting the launch of new consumer tech businesses. Prior to that, Barrett led the finance, operations, and analytics functions at SaaS companies Updater and Splash. He started his career at Deloitte Consulting, in the healthcare strategy practice and subsequently as a member of the CEO's strategy office. Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ben Brown

VP of Marketing

Ben Brown

Brown has a multi-decade track record of securing category dominance for AI and B2B SaaS brands, as well as fueling technology adoption across historically non-technical verticals. Prior to AKASA, he served as vice president of marketing and customer experience at ConverseNow, where his teams led a seismic shift toward voice AI across the restaurant industry. A former founder himself, Brown holds advisory roles for several technology companies and university AI programs. He earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business, his M.Ed. from UNLV’s School of Education, and his BA from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication.

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Julie Yoo

General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and Board Member

Julie Yoo

Yoo leads investments in healthcare technology at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Prior to joining a16z, she was the co-founder, chief product officer, and board director at Kyruus, a healthcare technology company that serves one in five U.S. healthcare providers.

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Noah Knauf

General Partner at Bond and Board Member

Noah Knauf

At Bond, Knauf focuses on investments in high-growth technology companies, with a particular emphasis on healthcare, fintech, gaming, and frontier technology.

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Toby Cosgrove, M.D.

Executive Advisor at Cleveland Clinic and Advisor

Toby Cosgrove, M.D.

Dr. Cosgrove is the former president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic and is currently an executive advisor for the health system. He is also an executive advisor to Google’s Strategic Advisory Board and sits on the board of AmWell and Hims&Hers. Dr. Cosgrove was a cardiac surgeon for nearly 30 years, performing 22,000 operations.

John Fox

President and CEO and Advisor

John Fox

John Fox retired in February 2022 as president and CEO of Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest healthcare system with $4.5 billion in revenue. Mr. Fox came to Beaumont in 2015 from Emory Healthcare, where he served for 16 years as president and CEO for that $3.2 billion system. Prior to joining Emory Healthcare, Mr. Fox was executive vice president of Clarian Health (now rebranded IU Health), a large health system/academic medical center in Indianapolis. While there, he was responsible for one of the country’s largest health system-based health plan operations, with 365,000 members. Before that, he was vice president and CFO at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. Fox began his career as an MBA/CPA at Coopers and Lybrand.

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Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Special Partner at Cressey & Company and Advisor

Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Senator Frist is a nationally-acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures, and special partner at the health service investment firm Cressey & Company. Consistently recognized among the most influential leaders in American healthcare, he currently serves on the boards of Teladoc Health, Accolade, Select Medical, SmileDirect Club, GSAH-N (NYSE), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy (global).

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Rebecca Harrington

Co-Founder and CEO at the Leadership Institute and Advisor

Rebecca Harrington

Harrington was responsible for the original 1992 planning and launch of the Leadership Institute, an organization for CEOs and senior executive teams at the most preeminent health systems in the country. She oversees strategy, product development, growth, and executive management of all operations. Prior to launching the Institute, she was vice president of operations for Diabetes Treatment Centers of America, assistant director of operations at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and special assistant to the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. As a health tech startup mentor, board advisor, and investor, Harrington is passionate about supporting and advising founders who are creating the future of health care. She is currently a member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College and a board member of the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco.

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Zico Kolter

Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and Advisor

Zico Kolter

Kolter is an associate professor in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University, and also serves as chief scientist of AI research for the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence. His work spans the intersection of machine learning and optimization, with a large focus on developing more robust and rigorous methods in deep learning. In addition, he has worked in a number of application areas, highlighted by work on sustainability and smart energy systems. He is a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award, a Sloan Fellowship, and best paper awards at NeurIPS, ICML (honorable mention), IJCAI, KDD, and PESGM.

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Jim Momtazee

Managing Partner at Patient Square Capital and Advisor

Jim Momtazee

Momtazee has 26 years of investment and acquisition experience, the vast majority of which was focused on the healthcare sector. Prior to Patient Square, he spent more than twenty-one years at KKR. He currently serves on the boards of Alladapt Immunotherapeutics, Apollo Therapeutics, BridgeBio Pharma, Enavate Sciences, Kriya Therapeutics, the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, and Roivant Sciences.

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Frank Williams

Co-Founder at Evolent Health and Advisor

Frank Williams

The former chairman and CEO at Evolent Health, Williams currently serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to Evolent, he was chairman and CEO of the Advisory Board Company, president of MedAmerica OnCall, president of Vivra Orthopedics, and a consultant for Bain & Co. He also serves on the boards of Syapse, Foodsmart, Nayya, Helix, Trusted Health, and Peer Health Exchange.

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Our investors

Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with over $10B in assets under management.

Bond

BOND is a global technology investment firm that supports visionary founders throughout their entire life cycle of innovation and growth.

Costanoa Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm which invests in enterprise-focused seed and Series A technology companies.