Company Background

In 2016, entrepreneur and corporate-wellness expert, Richard Gray, and product innovator/designer, Jens-Peter Jungclaussen, began collaborating on ideas for a posture and wellness start-up.

One day, they had an epiphany—instead of relying on furniture and wearables, they could use computer software to teach posture and movement—thus helping the user to change behavior and develop lifelong skills. Richard and Peter launched Brightday soon after, adding Jim Morris, a highly-experienced software engineer and product manager, to their team. Working with research partners and movement experts from around the world, they began development on the product.

 

Team

  Richard Gray Co-Founder & CEO   Richard Gray had been in the wellness wearables industry for 15 years in a variety of C-Suite roles, including 4 years as CEO of Clarus Transphase Scientific, a wellness products provider to the consumer and chiropractic markets. Subsequently, he spent several years consulting for the corporate employee wellness and productivity sector, and has seen first hand, the challenges employers face to create a healthy workplace. Before entering the wellness industry, Richard worked in Investment banking in the UK. Richard holds a BSC from the University of Edinburgh, and a IMP96 from the London Business School.

Richard Gray
Co-Founder & CEO

Richard Gray had been in the wellness wearables industry for 15 years in a variety of C-Suite roles, including 4 years as CEO of Clarus Transphase Scientific, a wellness products provider to the consumer and chiropractic markets. Subsequently, he spent several years consulting for the corporate employee wellness and productivity sector, and has seen first hand, the challenges employers face to create a healthy workplace. Before entering the wellness industry, Richard worked in Investment banking in the UK. Richard holds a BSC from the University of Edinburgh, and a IMP96 from the London Business School.


  Jens-Peter Jungclaussen Co-Founder & Head of Product   Jens-Peter Jungclaussen is a lifelong teacher, adventurer, and innovator. Starting out as a teacher in Germany, he founded the TeacherBus a one-of-a-kind mobile venue that connected creatives and kids of the Bay Area with nature. He has also developed a variety of products like a head-mounted display to teach users body awareness to learn movements in optimal posture. Jens-Peter was the lead UX Designer at InkëDesign, creating user-friendly platforms for large government agencies. He has a Masters in Education, Biology & PE from Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany.

Jens-Peter Jungclaussen
Co-Founder & Head of Product

Jens-Peter Jungclaussen is a lifelong teacher, adventurer, and innovator. Starting out as a teacher in Germany, he founded the TeacherBus a one-of-a-kind mobile venue that connected creatives and kids of the Bay Area with nature. He has also developed a variety of products like a head-mounted display to teach users body awareness to learn movements in optimal posture. Jens-Peter was the lead UX Designer at InkëDesign, creating user-friendly platforms for large government agencies. He has a Masters in Education, Biology & PE from Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany.


  Jim Morris Co-Founder & CTO   After graduating from Stanford with a degree in Computer Science, Jim Morris began his career building systems from scratch in C++ and Java. In 2005, he co-founded PowerReviews which grew to 1200+ clients and sold to Bazaarvoice for $168m in 2012. Jim joined Brightday to create software that helps people become healthier, more comfortable, and more productive at work and in their lives.

Jim Morris
Co-Founder & CTO

After graduating from Stanford with a degree in Computer Science, Jim Morris began his career building systems from scratch in C++ and Java. In 2005, he co-founded PowerReviews which grew to 1200+ clients and sold to Bazaarvoice for $168m in 2012. Jim joined Brightday to create software that helps people become healthier, more comfortable, and more productive at work and in their lives.


Product, Research & Design

Brightday's first product improves posture and encourages healthy movement while at the computer. Based on the research of Jean Couch, (posture advisor to Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University and Google) Brightday models and teaches the posture of people who experience no back pain into old age.

Why is this unique?

The software then uses computer vision, augmented reality and machine learning technologies to examine movements in real time. Brightday monitors and corrects standing and sitting posture via the computer’s camera without recording the user.

Brightday is a seamless application that does not detract from the user’s workday, encouraging behavior change to:

    • Decrease or eliminate back, neck, and knee pain

    • Relax the muscles around the spine and back

    • Improve overall well-being


Advisors

 
  Leo Spiegel  Partner at Mission Ventures and Spiegel Capital, CEO Hunter Madison Group   Leo Spiegel is a Managing Partner at both Spiegel Capital Management and Mission Ventures, CEO at the Hunter Madison Group, and Brightday’s Chairman of the Board. He was one of the six-person team that formed Pivotal (PVTL) where he ran corporate development and strategy. Prior, Leo was Chairman and CEO of Sandpaper Networks which merged with Digital Island. In 2000, Leo won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the greater Los Angeles area. Leo is a graduate of UC San Diego, a Trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation, and a member of the International Leadership Committee Campaign for UCSD. He is also member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Rady School of Management.

Leo Spiegel
Partner at Mission Ventures and Spiegel Capital, CEO Hunter Madison Group

Leo Spiegel is a Managing Partner at both Spiegel Capital Management and Mission Ventures, CEO at the Hunter Madison Group, and Brightday’s Chairman of the Board. He was one of the six-person team that formed Pivotal (PVTL) where he ran corporate development and strategy. Prior, Leo was Chairman and CEO of Sandpaper Networks which merged with Digital Island. In 2000, Leo won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the greater Los Angeles area. Leo is a graduate of UC San Diego, a Trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation, and a member of the International Leadership Committee Campaign for UCSD. He is also member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Rady School of Management.

  Jean Couch  Posture Advisor for Stanford, Google, Kaiser Permanente and Brightday   Jean Couch is a nationally renowned yoga teacher and author of “The Runners Yoga Book” which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. Since 1988, she has been involved in the study of people worldwide who have no back or joint pain. She was the Founder and Director of the Balance Center, where she developed methods for teaching pain free posture, and is currently posture advisor to Kaiser Permanente, Stanford and Google. Jean has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University.

Jean Couch
Posture Advisor for Stanford, Google, Kaiser Permanente
and Brightday

Jean Couch is a nationally renowned yoga teacher and author of “The Runners Yoga Book” which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. Since 1988, she has been involved in the study of people worldwide who have no back or joint pain. She was the Founder and Director of the Balance Center, where she developed methods for teaching pain free posture, and is currently posture advisor to Kaiser Permanente, Stanford and Google. Jean has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University.