Bumble Exec Sarah Jones Simmer To Become CEO Of Startup Found
Sarah Jones Simmer, Bumble’s former chief operating officer, ran the company’s IPO while being treated for breast cancer. Now, having been cancer-free for six months, she’s joining startup Found as its CEO.
Jones Simmer joined Bumble as its COO in 2017 where she laid the foundation for the company’s entire initial public offering whilst simultaneously battling Stage 3 breast cancer. She completed drafts of the S-1 from a chemo chair and sent it to the board the morning of her double mastectomy.
Jones Simmer says her decision to move to Found from a company she’d worked at from its early days stems, in part, from her experience of battling cancer. She was attracted to Found’s mission to fight stigmas around obesity and weight loss, similar to Bumble’s fight against the stigmas surrounding online dating.
Found was incubated at San Francisco-based venture studio Atomic spring 2020. Earlier this year, the company raised $24 million in a Series A round which was led by Atomic alongside GV, with participation from Define Ventures. The startup also raised $8 million last year in seed funding.
Found’s co-founder Jack Abraham said that the startup was created to address the challenging issue of weight care while incorporating telehealth. Found aims to help people focus more on body positivity throughout their weight management journey, which it does by combining clinicians’ advice with support communities and prescription interventions when deemed necessary. Found’s approach to weight loss is holistic and personalised, addressing sleep, “mindful eating”, stress, movement, and individuals’ biology.