- —Igor Bosilkovsk­i and Alexandra Wilson

Age: 27 • Founder and CEO, Real

As a Stanford sophomore, Safira thought she and her peers were all living every overachiev­er’s dream.

But when a friend attempted suicide, she realized it was more like

a gilded fantasy. “Her experience in rehab was the first time she had ever encountere­d the mental-health care system,” Safira says. “Imagine if someone never met a primary care doctor until they’re diagnosed with cancer.” Backed by $16 million from VC shops Lightspeed and

Forerunner, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Safira’s app, Real, provides guides and workshops on common problems like dealing with seasonal

depression. Unlike competitor­s such as Talkspace that are geared toward people in crisis, Real wants to be a preventive measure that eases users into long-term

“mental wellness.”

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