Meet Johannes Schröder, Veta Health’s New CTO

Aug 6, 2020 | Company News

Please join us in welcoming Johannes Schröder to the Veta Health team!

Company Role: Chief Technology Officer
Favorite Quote: “You can have all the money in the world, but there’s one thing you will never have… a dinosaur.” Homer Simpson

Q: What’s your background?

I studied Computational Linguistics at the University of Potsdam and moved more and more into software engineering afterwards. After some startup and freelance jobs as an engineer, I was working the last 10 years in digital health. As usual in startups, I did a bit of everything but mostly I was focusing on tech and product development.

Q: What do you do at Veta Health? What part of the role are you most excited about?

At Veta, I will be responsible for the development and delivery of our products and will therefore grow and lead our engineering team. I am most excited that I can apply my experience to a different piece of the patient journey and learn some new perspectives.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in digital health?

To be honest, I landed in digital health accidentally, but after some years I don’t see many other industries I would like to work in. There is so much more purpose in the products we build, such a significant impact to many peoples lives. That moment when a user tells you that your product truly saved their life – you won’t have that anywhere else.

Q: What‘s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?

That list is quite long: Drink a smoothie every day, walk enough, go to bed before 11:30. Especially with the permanent work from home situation, it is challenging to move enough.

Q: What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Inbox Zero! It took me several attempts to make it a habit but now my mailbox is usually empty. My wife is always jealous with her 22,826 unread emails. 🙂 

Q: If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, what would you pick and why?

Speaking of habits, I would keep Streaks since it is really helpful to create new habits. I would also keep Ada, not only because I worked there but also because it can be a true lifesaver in certain situations. The last one I would pick to keep my kids happy in a restaurant or a long car ride, so either a game or a streaming app.

Q: If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

Playing the piano or Karate, strongly depending on my mood.

Q: Has the Covid stay-at-home order changed any of your habits or routines?

Especially when the kindergarten was closed as well it changed all my routines. On the one hand it is nice to spend so much more time with the family, on the other hand it is impossible to stay efficient at your job.

Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

The master password to my password manager – which is good!

At Veta Health, we empower individuals to take control of their health through behavior-based care programs that support healthy living grounded in clinical context. To learn more about our care programs, please visit us here.