Mike Huang, Cofounder & CEO, Glow
in conversation with Caitlin Roper, Senior Editor, WIRED
Mike Huang is CEO of Glow, a new startup that’s tapping the power of machine learning to solve a very intimate problem—helping couples get pregnant. The company’s mobile app, which launched in August of this year, predicts a woman’s daily fertility level based on personal information she enters, then pools the data collected anonymously from the entire user base to improve its algorithm. There’s also an innovative option called Glow First, which offers financial assistance on fertility treatments for those who fail to conceive naturally after ten months. Glow is the second commercial application of big-data analytics spun off by HVF, an R&D/investment firm started by PayPal cofounder Max Levchin. Before cofounding Glow, Huang was executive vice president of Slide Asia, where he built and ran the company’s first international division in China. When Slidewas acquired by Google in 2010, Huang joined Google as director of product management.