I get “motiv8ed” by the how big the problem is (over 80% of the $3.5T we spend on healthcare in the US is on people with chronic diseases), by the opportunity to improve the lives (and health) of millions of people, and by the chance to contribute to the exciting science of behavior change. I get energized and humbled by the accomplished and passionate people I encounter through the cross-disciplinary work that Motiv8 is pursuing. And I’m proud of the amazing and eclectic people I work with at Motiv8.
When I’m not working, I’m usually practicing piano, reading, or trying not to lose more than 6 balls per round of golf.
Dr. David Lawrence
When I met Eugene Lee, I was immediately struck by his intelligence, enthusiasm, willingness to consider new approaches that could build on digital technologies, and his overriding practicality in figuring out how to get there from here. The basic idea of Motiv8 grew out of our conversations. It is because of Eugene’s leadership and team he’s assembled, and the deep understanding he has developed in the field of behavior change that I am so excited about Motiv8. And the problem he’s tackling is a really big one too>
It is especially gratifying to be a part of this important effort to tackle the long-standing Gordian Knot in healthcare, encouraging people to change behaviors that contribute to their disease and prevent them from living healthy and fulfilling lives.
For relaxation I like to work in my vegetable garden and our olive orchard on our small ranch. Whenever I get the chance, you’ll find me fly fishing on some river or lake or ocean somewhere in the world I read constantly, enjoy writing, and play the piano for my own pleasure. My greatest joy is to travel with my wife, Stephanie, to visit our children (4) and grandchildren (9) throughout the year.
Eugene introduced his new idea that impacts and helps many people. I thought we can help his idea by starting from a simple app, and I and my team (Favorie) joined the Motiv8 team. When Jeonguk and I were in his incubation program session. I learned a lot from him, so Eugene is someone like teacher to me.
When I’m not working I enjoy making and fixing something. These days, I’m making small things for home.
Using a science-based approach to tackling the crisis of rapidly increasing chronic disease
I enjoy cooking, retro computing and the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors.
While we were working on Pictly, we met Eugene in Silicon Valley. We were participating in an incubation program and he was one of the speakers. A few years later, we met Eugene again and heard him talk about how big the U.S healthcare market is and how he was preparing t to solve a big problem. I am motiv8ed by helping people suffering from chronic diseases like my father, who was diagnosed with prediabetes a few years ago. His condition is not serious but he manages his food, physical activity, and weight. This motiv8tion helps me work as part of the Motiv8 team despite distance and language barriers. I’m glad to work with this amazing team.
When I get to rest, I’m learning and playing badminton & guitar.
I was about to go to graduate school. I became interested in joining the Favorie/Motiv8 team and joined them. At that time, I was interested in techniques related to data analysis. I decided to join the project because I thought that I could challenge various technologies and statements necessary for analyzing the data in the project.
I like to relax while making small programs. I have a Python development group in Busan and we meet regularly. I enjoy chatting with various developers and listening to trivial technology stories. Nowadays I am interested in deciphering a book on Egyptian hieroglyphs from the British Museum.
People’s reaction and response to the solution I proposed is a great motivation for me.
While I was in college, the design that I proposed in the contest was awarded and I started work related to design.
I am currently working on mobile app UX design, but I am interested in various design areas and want to study. The Vivace project is a very challenging task, but I think it is an attractive project to try to solve health problems that are close to everyday life.
Dr. Suneil Koliwad, PhD
Marta Marques, PhD
Four years back, I was introduced to Eugene at Artiman Ventures. His child-like enthusiasm and professor-like deep instantly started our friendship journey. I share his contagious passion for using technology and algorithms to serve humanity to solve life style diseases. It has been motiv8ting to work with Eugene, Dr. Lawrence and Motiv8t’s expert team.
I make time to get engaged in community/social service organizations, professional networking organization of technology professionals and entrepreneurs, reading technology/self-development/geopolitical books, and hiking (Climbed Half Dome twice and now planning Mount Whitney, Killamanjaro).
When I’m not advising and mentoring business colleagues or managing investment properties, I enjoy reading, cooking and being “MomStar” and Grandma.
Korey Hood, PhD
I’ve long been motivated by big, complicated problems and being in the service of others. The state of the art in healthcare delivery doesn’t do a good job of helping people make changes that stick. The adventure of Motiv8 is attacking this head on.
In my free time, I dance and sing as much as possible with my kids and try to help with homework when appropriate.