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Buoy Health CEO founding story and staying afloat in the pandemic

  • Dr. Andrew Le lost his home in a fire shortly before he pitched his company, Buoy Health, to investors.
  • “I literally didn’t have a place to live,” Lee said. At the time, he was couch-surfing. 
  • Now, his health information company helps more than 9 million people, and he figured out how to get health insurers and employers to pay for it.
  • Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Buoy emerged early with a new tool that helped people understand their symptoms and risks. 
  • Business Insider named Le one of its “30 under 40” leaders transforming healthcare. 

Dr. Andrew Le had little else besides the clothes on his back when he pitched his company idea to investors in 2014. 

At the time, he was couch surfing after his apartment burned down in a fire. Even before that, though, he and his three cofounders had been living off the little savings they had. 

“My

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