Saagara is gaining traction, both for its meditative breathing apps and its workforce. So much so that the Tech Brewery
-based start-up plans to hire 20 people over the next year.
, which is Sanskrit
for ocean of ideas, focuses on providing a holistic approach to better health, centered around breathing called Pranayama. Its president, Dr. Bobby Peddi, started the company shortly after he left his surgical residency about two years ago. Today it has a host of Internet and mobile phone apps with close to 500 users.
"We're looking to expand rapidly," Dr. Peddi
says. "That's it. We have no choice."
currently employs five people full-time and four part-time, including one worker who is transitioning from part-time to full-time. That's up significantly from the last time
we touched base with Saagara a little more than a year ago. Then it employed Dr. Peddi and a half dozen independent contractors and interns.
Dr. Peddi plans to continue to evolve Saagara so it becomes increasingly user friendly for groups. He hopes the meditative app will be picked up by health insurers, schools and hospitals.
"We're going to try and get people to exercise together," Dr. Peddi says.
Source: Dr. Bobby Peddi, founder and president of Saagara
Writer: Jon Zemke
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