Female founded Chinese startups seek to help women get pregnant later in life
For China-born Du Han, having her second child took nearly five years. She named her son Comper, the same name she later gave her company, which came out with a smart basal thermometer and app that tracks the best time to conceive.
CGTN’s Mark Niu reports.
A neurosurgeon by training, Du faced another challenge when starting her company, convincing male engineers to join her.
“They want to do something really cool like, something flying, diving into the water. They think that's sexy right? So in the beginning, we had a lot of communication, ‘you will feel proud if you come to make some product that your wife can use, your mom can use.’ They will feel very thankful, make some products really can change people’s lives,” said Du Han, Comper Healthcare Founder and CEO.
Comper’s basal thermometer became one of the most popular items in its category in online stores in China. The company also listened to customers’ needs and created new products to satisfy them, like a fetal heart monitor and their latest device, a thermometer that measures a child’s temperature by being applied to the forehead.
Du founded Comper in Silicon Valley, but later moved the headquarters to Beijing for a greater pool of engineering talent, more efficient manufacturing capabilities, and to better target China’s market. But still, Comper has decided to launch their forehead thermometer on U.S. crowdfunding site, Kickstarter.
“It’s a test for the U.S. market, for [a] product to see if American users like it or not. They are giving us a lot of feedback to improve our product.”
Focusing on pregnancy is also proving to be a winning formula for the startup Mira. Having won numerous pitch contests, Mira has just launched a fertility tracking device, which measures actual hormone concentrations.
Headquartered in northern California, Mira also has its own production facility in Hangzhou, China. Their aim is to target both the U.S. and China markets, firmly believing their technology will impact lives around the world.
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