Meet the Kintsugi Team: Ben Sobolewski

May 4, 2021
Alice Kim

Kintsugi, a fast-growing Berkeley-based mental health startup, is scaling up across multiple roles and all levels of experience to help shape the future of mental healthcare. 

We are a lean team of hard-working, thoughtful, and curious individuals.  The work at Kintsugi is a mixture of highly independent and collaborative, where team members are excited about problem-solving and often take initiative for project ownership. At Kintsugi, members have an opportunity to create solutions and meaningful impact while being a part of a team that is passionate about scaling access to mental healthcare. We are excited to welcome ambitious and talented people into our empathic community.  Today we highlight Ben, who is our Business Development Intern!

Ben is passionate about finding ways to improve the healthcare system.  Ben is a full-time MBA student and Faculty Scholar at NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to Stern, Ben worked at Aetna and Ernst & Young. In his spare time, Ben enjoys traveling, hiking, scuba diving, and many other outdoor activities.


About Ben

University, Class, Major : NYU Stern, 2nd year Full-time MBA

Job title: Business Development MBA Intern

Fun Fact: I love traveling -- my wife and I plan to visit all 500 places in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel list over the next few decades.

Why did you choose Kintsugi when on your job search?

The opportunity to join Kintsugi came from NYU Stern’s Endless Frontier Labs, an incubator that Kintsugi participated in. Out of the 500 start-ups(eventually narrowed down to around 30), Kintsugi stood out to me the most. I was interested in digital health, and Kintsugi had the best mission, team, and foundation of the digital health cohort. Grace did a great job highlighting Kintsugi’s strengths among a highly competitive group of companies.

What kind of projects have you worked on in your time at Kintsugi? 

I’ve worked across a number of different parts of the business, including product, financial analysis, compliance, business development, and social media.

How has working at a mission-aligned, diverse company like Kintsugi shaped your career path? 

Yes. Before working at Kintsugi, I had limited experience working at a start-up (interned at a different one during MBA). Working at Kintsugi has been a tremendous learning experience. Coming from a business background, I have found that there is a good balance between the company being engineering-driven and business-driven. Everyone’s viewpoint is valued.

What words of advice would you give to new team members at Kintsugi?

Be flexible and think outside the box. There are a lot of opportunities to make a difference.

What are 3 words you would use to describe the Kintsugi culture? 

Welcoming, Driven, Transparent

Share a favorite All-Hands/video conference moment.  

We’ve had a couple of fun video conferences that included trivia. I’d never say no to a quick game session.

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