Five Questions: ACME Capital’s Aike Ho

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Aike Ho’s personal journey led her to career in digital health investment. 

“I had nothing to do with healthcare until I got sick. I was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago (in her mid-20s),” Ho said. “My first foray into healthcare in any kind of capacity was being a patient.”

Through her experience in recovery, Ho learned about the ails of the healthcare system and how many professionals in it were burned out. As a serial entrepreneur, she realized a lot of “low hanging fruit” existed that could help improve the system through investment in digital health. She joined with early-stage venture capital firm ACME Capital where she’s invested in the women’s health startup Tia; mental health provider Brightside and skin care startup Curology. 

Ho spoke with us about authenticity in the VC world, fair-weather friends in digital health investing, women’s health funding and more. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

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