Breakthrough connects people with mental health providers for online counseling and telepsychiatry. Clients can search for providers on multiple criteria, schedule appointments, and get private, online care. Members of Breakthrough-partnered health plans may use their insurance to cover the cost of care. Mental health providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors get a free practice management suite to build their online profile, send secure messages, schedule appointments and deliver HIPAA-compliant online care. Breakthrough currently covers two million health plan members in California.

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Mark Goldenson is CEO of Breakthrough Behavioral, Inc., a startup that helps people find a therapist and receive online counseling. Breakthrough Behavioral, Inc. was a TechCrunch 50 Finalist. Mark was a product manager at PayPal and previously co-founded PlayCafe, a live game show network. PlayCafe saw engagement of over 80 minutes per day from players but did not reach enough players, returning $300k of its $1M raised. Mark was also co-founder and COO of Woosh, a startup that created automated online storefronts for small businesses. Woosh raised $21 million in funding and was a finalist in the 1998 Stanford E-Challenge. Mark also co-founded the Stanford Bazaar, a local online marketplace acquired by Stanford, and founded the Stanford Squash Team, home to national champion Lily Lorentzen and world champion coach Mark Talbott. Mark also founded a Stanford philosophy club and researched brain imaging of lucid dreams for four years in the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. Mark has completed coursework for a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Symbolic Systems from Stanford. Mark previously wrote a column evaluating new startup ideas for VentureBeat.

Boris is a seasoned entrepreneur with two award-winning ISPs already to his name. He grew his first, BoStream, by launching fibre-to-the-home in Sweden. Customers surged from 2,000 to 100,000 and revenue from $1m to $55m in three years. To this day, that infrastructure remains Sweden's leading internet platform. When Boris co-founded breakthrough ISP Be with Dana in 2005, it broke both the UK's upload and download speeds and was worth £50 million just a year and a half later. These speeds were achieved through Boris' investment in the first ADSL2+ network in the UK. Being the first to go full fibre in the UK has been his dream ever since.