The Startup Slowdown: Enjoying the Struggle | Carrie Shaw at Embodied Labs

In part one of my conversation with Carrie Shaw, the founder and CEO of Embodied Labs, she talked about how her company trains caregivers to understand the perspectives of people needing care through the use of virtual reality.

In this second part of our conversation, Carrie talks about the interesting genesis of this idea—which involved serving dinner to her mother—and how she got from there to winning the Bill and Melinda Gates XR Prize Challenge, and a thriving enterprise.

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Carrie Shaw works at the intersection of health education and virtual reality storytelling. She is the CEO and founder of Embodied Labs, an immersive training and wellness platform for professional and family caregivers.

After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health, Carrie spent 2 years working as a Health Education Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she fell in love with the way visual communication tools have the unique potential to cross-cultural, language, and education barriers. Following that time, Carrie worked as her mother’s primary caregiver, who’s diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease opened Carrie’s eyes to the needs of caregivers and the aging services workforce. 

Carrie holds a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization and her work has been featured by Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, JAMA, The History Channel, and CBS National TV show, The Doctors.




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