The startup aims to expand an anonymous mental health service beginning with the founders


Nate Tepper first attended Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) the world-wide organization that aims to help people recover from alcohol dependence through the 12-step method, at the middle of the COVID-19 epidemic. Tepper didn’t display his face or tell his story, but said that being in a state of vulnerability had a profound impact.

As per the recommended the frequency needed for people who want to join this program Tepper attended 30 sessions in a matter of 30 days. Two decades later, he’s started an organization to expand his most loved aspects of the program in hopes of helping more people who need help.

What’s the result? Humans Anonymous, a social audio platform that connects people who share similar identities, be it teachers or just one parent, and creates an anonymous platform to talk about their experiences. As opposed to other mental health-related startups available, it’s not looking to offer help through professional life coaches or trained experts It’s simply trying to create a space. (AA is, however it has an abundance of liturgy, which provides the foundation for its members to adhere to.)

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Following the public launch last month , following more than one year of being secretive, Humans Anonymous has now announced a new round of capital in the form of an $1.7 million pre-seed funding round, which is led by Glass Ventures and Backend Capital as well as participation from Ten VC and Authentic Ventures.

In the Humans Anonymous room, users are invited to join in three-minute segments, one person at one time. It isn’t possible for other users to switch off, interrupt or “take over” a conversation, Tepper said. Even though this could happen quite quickly — for instance, if someone gets an unfiltered opportunity to get rid of one who’s just made a statement There’s always a moderator within the channel with the power to ban or block users. To ensure that the conversation is in control setting as well as flow Humans Anonymous doesn’t allow users to establish their own space.

Humans Anonymous is pitching a different style of communication than Clubhouse which is one of the best recognized audio social networks out available, that feels more like a seminar, or socratic and lets speakers turn off or on at the discretion of users. Humans Anonymous is less about the personal brand, and more about conversations that are anonymous.

The company makes its money using the subscription model, which charges clients $5 per month, or $50 annually for a fee. Anyone who wants to test out the program can get one hour of trial time for free or simply enter the general area for free, which Tepper promises will remain at no cost to ensure that programming is accessible to everyone.

The app is now available to the public with a clear emphasis on the founders. When he was brainstorming ideas for the app Tepper sent an email to Y Combinator founders and got positive feedback on the desire for something similar to Humans Anonymous.

“I always had this idea that this was universally applicable, isn’t it? This is why we have that name, Humans Anonymous,” he said. “Founders occur to be part of the initial wave, and the next wave of communities include teachers and nurses alike. These are all groups that struggle with their jobs every day and don’t need to talk about their struggles. In my opinion, one of the things we learned from this process was that you came across this anonymously and learned that some were looking to be part of a community that they may identify as nurses or teachers. This is why our strategy in the marketplace is starting with profession-based communities. Then, eventually we’d like to go beyond the boundaries of that.”

The core of the organization is that Humans Anonymous is a platform that aims to offer community services via a digital medium. This mission could interfere with its choice for raising venture capital which is an asset class that needs exponential growth for an exit that is out of the norm, and decision to create a for-profit company. Tepper was adamant about his decision by saying that he’s believed that for-profit businesses have more impact than non-profit organisations. “They allow you to focus on the mission, instead of fundraising or collecting donations,” Tepper explained.

As the company is in its early stages of development, a lot of questions are still to be addressed. For instance, the idea of anonymity is a huge promise and, in the world of security it is one of the most difficult to fulfill. What happens if you can recognize the voice of someone else on it? Are there safeguards in place to stop the user from recording another user’s most intimate stories?

Another issue is on the legal side. Although Humans Anonymous isn’t affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, AA could be concerned over how well-informed the product is. Tepper states that he does own a trademark for Humans Anonymous but he also said that he’s simply in awe of AA’s structure. He attends meetings almost every day, just two years after the first.

“In terms of the branding, there is a potential that AA could reach out to us and potentially say something to us,” he added. “Ideally, we can be on the same team.”

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