Ron Gutman is a visionary leader who continuously revolutionizes the healthcare industry one company at a time. He’s a serial healthcare and technology entrepreneur, acclaimed inventor, investor, Stanford adjunct professor, and a Sapient leader. Ron has created and invested in companies that have helped hundreds of millions of people worldwide and saved tens of thousands of lives.
As an inventor with patents in healthcare technology and AI, Ron has been dedicated to remodeling the healthcare industry by optimizing technology to make it more accessible, personal, and delightful.
Ron is currently leading Intrivo, a global healthcare and technology company behind the highly popular On/Go COVID-19 rapid at-home test that has helped millions and millions across the US live safer healthier lives.
Ron’s previous ventures include HealthTap that under his tenure as a CEO was a world-leading virtual healthcare provider; founder of Wellsphere, a then leading online consumer health company that became one of the largest health websites online that served more than a hundred million people before getting acquired successfully.
Ron is a prolific speaker and author having written extensively about leadership, innovation, and technology in highly respected media publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company Fortune Magazine, and TechCrunch. He is a best selling book author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act and his TED Talk, The Hidden Power of Smiling, has accumulated over 10 million views and translated into over 50 languages. While preparing to teach a class at Stanford University, Ron and his colleague, Aneel Chima formed the foundation for a new leadership framework called Sapient Leadership, which they then created to better equip leaders to navigate unprecedented kinds of change. Their conclusions were published in the Harvard Business Review (HBR): What It Takes to Lead Through Exponential Change. Ron works diligently to bring the Sapient Leadership voice and culture to life in all of his companies.
According to the Sapient Leadership framework that Ron co-developed, shared purpose, values and beliefs help create an environment where people are truly engaged. A strong shared value system motivates individuals to go beyond their own interests to serve the greater good. Ron’s core belief that healthcare is a fundamental human right led him in 2021 to found On/Go for Good a charitable organization initiated within Intrivo, and the spun out to become an independent foundation. On/Go for Good is supporting those in most need, particularly individuals who may not be able to afford diagnostics and/or treatment, or lack adequate health insurance to cover their healthcare needs.
On/Go for Good provides financial contributions, in addition to necessary medical goods such as a COVID-19 test and also technology resources such as software and hardware when needed. On/Go for Good has provided over $1 million worth of COVID-19 tests and technology resources to hospitals in Ukraine and donations to worthy organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Pillar Care Continuum.
As a TED Talk phenomenon and a top-selling author, Ron shares that while science teaches us to think, love teaches us to smile. He is a published best selling book author, Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act and his TED Talk, The Hidden Power of Smiling, has been viewed over 10 million times and translated into over 50 languages. Ron has spent his career helping millions understand the power of a simple smile while also creating breakthrough innovations in healthcare that helped hundreds of millions of people worldwide and saved tens of thousands of lives. In his new writings on human welfare, Ron shares how smiling can transform one’s life and the lives of many others by creating and spreading joy, hope, and a feeling of shared abundance.
“Life can be challenging. Smiling is simple. My goal is to put smiles at the forefront of living by making health, wellness, and longevity truly delightful and use the most advanced technology to make it readily accessible anytime anywhere.”
“Ron Gutman has written a supremely optimistic treatment of the smile. He has linked the far reaches of human existence to a common facial gesture that we all respond to without really knowing why. His book invited me to look beyond common boundaries, which is what a smile does in the first place, and which our eyes do, also.” —Deepak Chopra, MD