Scott Kera, 29
Founder, Candidate Broker; Chief Operating Officer, Zwivel
We had a feeling White Plains’ Scott Kera was Wunderkind material back in May 2014 when he sold his first company, the online hiring platform Candidate Broker, to Milford, Connecticut-based DataViz for an “undisclosed number of millions” (he can’t say how much). That feeling was confirmed when we caught up with him this time around: Eight months ago, Kera was recruited to launch Zwivel, as its COO. Zwivel, a New Jersey-based cosmetic surgeon’s startup (of which Kera is a sizeable minority shareholder), is at the cutting-edge of online medical consultations. The platform will enable patients seeking cosmetic surgery to virtually consult—securely and privately—with doctors to gauge which doctor they would like to work with (you can consult with the physicians of your choosing or select surgeons by location). Currently, Zwivel is being used by doctors and their patients, but by the end of May, users will be able to access the service via Zwivel.com and use it to search for and consult with multiple doctors. During its latest round of fundraising, Zwivel was valued at $30 million.
• “This is the real deal,” says Kera. Zwivel has a $30 million valuation and has been tested with 200 cosmetic surgeons and thousands of patients.
• Dr. Gary D. Breslow is the surgeon behind Zwivel. According to Kera, Breslow says the app is sort of akin to a dating site, in that patients can weed through plastic surgeons before the first date, or initial consultation in this case. “It’s like Match.com—you still have to go on the date, you just want to make sure it’s the right person first,” says Kera.