Khaled Kteily never intended to run a start-up that would allow men to freeze their sperm. But after an accident caused him to worry that he might not be able to have children, he discovered that the entire process of freezing and preserving sperm was antiquated and uncomfortable. That led him to start Legacy, a digital fertility clinic for people with sperm that is helping to change the outdated view that fertility is a “women’s issue”.
On this episode of FOMO Sapiens, Khaled tells the Legacy story and talks about what inspired him to launch a business that focuses on male reproductive health. He will also explain how he learned to talk about a very sensitive topic in a way that resonates with people. Finally, he’ll unpack how he found the confidence and the path to raise $45 million from VCs as well as from angel investors like The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Orlando Bloom.
Meet our guest:
Khaled Kteily is the CEO of Legacy (www.givelegacy.com), a digital fertility clinic for men helping change the outdated view that fertility is a “women’s issue”.
Legacy is a graduate of Harvard’s Innovation Labs and Y Combinator, has raised over $50M from top-tier investors like FirstMark Capital & Bain Capital Ventures, as well as celebrities like Justin Bieber and DJ Khaled. The company works with leading insurers (e.g. UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Cigna, etc.), leading military partners (e.g. Navy SEALs) and leading clinics (e.g. Memorial Sloan Kettering) in addition to its Direct to Consumer offering.
Khaled previous worked at the World Economic Forum (Davos) in Geneva, Switzerland and as a healthcare consultant at Oliver Wyman in Toronto, Canada. He studied public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he received a full scholarship and graduated with distinction, and graduated with a triple concentration from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Khaled is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), is an Aspen Ideas Health Scholar, and has been awarded 40 under 40 (Arab America Foundation). He was recently selected by the World Government Summit as one of the top 100 Arab Pioneers. He serves on the boards of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (Alumni Council) and the Harvard Arab Alumni Association.