Mark Frank has what he calls “professional ADD.” He naturally likes trying different things and building new skills, which is ultimately what led him to become an entrepreneur. Even while serving in the Army after college, Mark still found entrepreneurial aspects as a platoon leader; after all, he was responsible for everything his unit either did or didn’t do. He used to think of himself as an operator or executive, which was his role at his first startup, but now he looks for ideas/opportunities, makes note of them, and eventually either whittles them down into business opportunities or sets them aside. After a challenging and frustrating experience finding a therapist (balancing location, schedules, insurance, and fit is a real nuisance), Mark realized the huge opportunity to help both patients and therapists connect more easily. Hence, SonderMind was born. Tune into this episode to learn more about SonderMind’s origins, its unique business model, how it has tackled some of the big problems in the therapy space, including access to care and providing valuable business support to therapists, plus a conversation about the current challenges and opportunities with many mental health benefits.
Co-Founder & CEO
JMark Frank, CEO and Co-Founder of SonderMind, is dedicated to redesigning behavioral health to become more accessible, approachable and widely utilized. Mark is passionate about mental health access, especially as it pertains to the balance between managing mental health and building a startup. Furthermore, as a U.S. Army Veteran, he is committed to making veteran mental health an essential part of SonderMind’s mission. Over the past five years, Mark has led SonderMind in securing over $30 million of funding used to expand the markets the company operates in and re-invest into the technology used by therapists and their patients. Before SonderMind, Mark had careers in the U.S. Army and investment banking. After his time at Morgan Stanley, Mark jumped headlong into entrepreneurship and founded and co-founded three companies in the healthcare space before starting SonderMind: TermScout, Next Oncology and SafeImageMD. He received his bachelor’s in computer science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a Master of Business Administration and Masters of Engineering Management from Northwestern University.