“I don’t have time” – that used to be my go-to line for everything.
We are all time starved. Attending school, landing a job, building a career, nurturing relationships, raising kids, caring for aging parents – we are busy at every stage of life. Our mental wellness is the price we pay to juggle the demands of modern life.
Recently I read that depression and anxiety have increased 15-20% globally over the last decade. The World Economic Forum projects a $16.3 trillion loss in economic output between 2011 and 2030 due to mental disorders. The mandate for mental wellness has never been more important.
I grew up in a small town in India where books were my refuge from boredom and stress. There is now growing evidence to support what I intuitively understood – reading is a powerful tool to improve mental wellness.
I started Fable so that all of us can fill the micro-moments in our hectic lives with stories. Our mission is to deliver the world’s best social experience with exceptional stories in service of mental wellness.
Fable has stories for everyone.
My hope is that you will take a daily break to read, because you are worth it!
Buzz Andersen is a tech industry veteran with 15+ years of experience designing and building software. After starting his career on the OS X and Pro Apps teams at Apple, he was part of the founding team at Square and later helped Tumblr build their first in-house mobile team. He started the Brooklyn Computer Club, that helped early stage companies develop first class mobile apps.
David Berrios is a software engineer with 15+ years of experience, with 10+ in Android development. David started at NASA developing 3D visualizations and research tools. David also launched the Indiegogo Android app, experienced a Facebook acquisition while at Eyegroove, and led an engineering team for in-car experience at Cruise Automation. He enjoys Brazilian jiujitsu with his wife and visits schools while traveling.
Mark is a product leader with 10+ years of experience building new products and teams. He sharpened his product skills over the years working at, and founding a handful of startups and most recently lead the Growth team at Sprout Social. When he’s not working on Fable you can find him tinkering on side projects or spending time with his wife and son.
After a previous version as starving artist and musician, Nathan joined the creative agency Frog design to re-imagine iconic products for Fortune 500 brands, setting him on a more civilized career path in Design. Eventually, he moved in-house to help Scribd pivot from document sharing to books, designing their first book discovery experience. He’s hooked on visionary startups; designing for MicroHealth, Pinterest, Eventbrite and Sonder.
Emilie is passionate about stories and connecting books with readers. She started her career as a literary scout, was part of the founding team at Audible and later helped launch Amazon Publishing in the UK. She then ventured into the movie industry working for Amazon Prime Video. Emilie is from Brittany, France and is happiest by the sea. She lives in London with her family.
Erik is a tinkerer, an electric vehicle enthusiast, and a private pilot. He’s keen on building products and developing on a range of things from both frontend and backend; to infra, devops and machine learning. He worked at Tesla and NIO before joining Fable. His favorite database is Postgres with PostGIS; favorite libraries are Vue, Django, numpy; and favorite airports are O22, SIN, and SXM.
Moussa is a global citizen having lived in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He honed his business skills at companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft, Lyft, and NIO. He feels most happy when he is wearing multiple hats and working with awesome colleagues to solve difficult problems. Moussa enjoys being outdoors and whipping up a meal for his wife and friends.