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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mClaireTomkins.I'mtheFounderandCEOofFutureFamily,astartuphelpingmodernwomennavigatetheirfertilityjourney.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE6/29@2pmET.

Claire Tomkins
Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
over 2 years Conversation

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Hi! I'm Claire Tomkins. I'm the Founder and CEO of Future Family, a startup helping modern women navigate their fertility journey. I'm very  passionate about women's health and fertility based on my personal journey, which led me to found the company.

Before Future Family, I was Director of Product Marketing at SolarCity (now TSLA), where I helped build one of the largest consumer finance businesses in the industry. 

I hold a PhD from Stanford University and have been recognized as a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Kauffman Fellow. 

Some fun facts about me are that I worked for Sir Richard Branson at Carbon War Room, and lead product marketing for the largest solar startup in the U.S., grew up on a farm, am an immigrant (I moved to the U.S. when I was five years old from the U.K.!), and that I have a beautiful two year old daughter named Natalie. 

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, June 29th at 2pm ET.


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  • NATASHA_JOSE33
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    over 2 years ago

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  • Danica
    over 2 years ago

    Do you need Medical Insurance to be a client of Future Family?  Does insurance cover the treatments from Future Family?

    Do you need Medical Insurance to be a client of Future Family?  Does insurance cover the treatments from Future Family?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Danica, you don't need insurance -- we work with our clients to create affordable plans with a low monthly payment. Most clients don't have insurance for fertility.

      Hi Danica, you don't need insurance -- we work with our clients to create affordable plans with a low monthly payment. Most clients don't have insurance for fertility.

  • Kelly Hudson
    over 2 years ago

    I love that you are trying to make the process of freezing eggs more affordable. But how do you make sure a woman is receiving as high quality and safe a procedure as those that are paying the high fees? 

    I love that you are trying to make the process of freezing eggs more affordable. But how do you make sure a woman is receiving as high quality and safe a procedure as those that are paying the high fees? 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Kelly, thanks! We're working with the top clinics in the U.S. that have the strongest track records. Future Family is not a clinic, we just provide the concierge care and financing support for women going through fertility treatments. 

      Hi Kelly, thanks! We're working with the top clinics in the U.S. that have the strongest track records. Future Family is not a clinic, we just provide the concierge care and financing support for women going through fertility treatments. 

  • Dave
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What inspired you to leave SolarCity and create Future Family?

    What inspired you to leave SolarCity and create Future Family?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Dave - thanks for the question. See my answer to David Pham and my recent piece on Medium https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b

      Hi Dave - thanks for the question. See my answer to David Pham and my recent piece on Medium https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b

  • Xtinajames848
    over 2 years ago

    I'm studying Mechanical Engineering right now at UCLA because I was inspired to work in the solar industry (also I'm a HUGE fan of Elon Musk). What advice do you have for someone trying to work for a huge solar company like his?

    I'm studying Mechanical Engineering right now at UCLA because I was inspired to work in the solar industry (also I'm a HUGE fan of Elon Musk). What advice do you have for someone trying to work for a huge solar company like his?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Getting a strong engineering degree and pursuing an internship are both great steps!

      Getting a strong engineering degree and pursuing an internship are both great steps!

    • Xtinajames848
      over 2 years ago

      Thank you in advance!

      Thank you in advance!

  • mstoltz203
    over 2 years ago

    Where did you grow up? Did your experience growing up on a farm lead you to solar products?

    Where did you grow up? Did your experience growing up on a farm lead you to solar products?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      In both Wisconsin and Illinois. I do think that growing up close to nature influenced how much I care about the environment, which in part led to me pursuing a career in clean energy and solar. In the same way, my personal experience with fertility led me to found Future Family.

      In both Wisconsin and Illinois. I do think that growing up close to nature influenced how much I care about the environment, which in part led to me pursuing a career in clean energy and solar. In the same way, my personal experience with fertility led me to found Future Family.

  • Cindylovesyou
    over 2 years ago

    I saw the free consultation and the Fertility Age Test offer and was wondering what exactly does the Fertility Age Test do? How does it work?

    I saw the free consultation and the Fertility Age Test offer and was wondering what exactly does the Fertility Age Test do? How does it work?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Cindy, hopefully our website provides some good details. In short, the Fertility Age Test measures three key hormones that allow you to understand your current (and future) fertility. We can check if you have any markers for pre-menopause (which would suggest the need for urgent action) and your ovarian reserve -- how many eggs you have left. This is a great first step to plan for your future family; understanding your fertility can help you plan when you might want to have kids and whether fertility preservation makes sense.

      Hi Cindy, hopefully our website provides some good details. In short, the Fertility Age Test measures three key hormones that allow you to understand your current (and future) fertility. We can check if you have any markers for pre-menopause (which would suggest the need for urgent action) and your ovarian reserve -- how many eggs you have left. This is a great first step to plan for your future family; understanding your fertility can help you plan when you might want to have kids and whether fertility preservation makes sense.

  • Cindylovesyou
    over 2 years ago

    You had mentioned your personal journey, did you have to go through IVF? (apologies if the question is too personal) And if you did, what were the risks?

    You had mentioned your personal journey, did you have to go through IVF? (apologies if the question is too personal) And if you did, what were the risks?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      I'm happy to share -- I think it's an important topic for women (and men) to discuss more openly. I had to go through 6 cycles of IVF to have my gorgeous daughter, now 2 and half years old. It was a hard process; the risk was that it would fail. It was stressful and emotional and took a toll on both my personal and professional life. At Future Family we want to fix this broken process by providing support for women as they go through their fertility journey -- from the very beginning, which starts with fertility testing. We also provide more affordable solutions with our custom IVF plans. If women have better support, more information upfront, and access to the best clinics, it shouldn't take 6 cycles to get pregnant! 


      I'm happy to share -- I think it's an important topic for women (and men) to discuss more openly. I had to go through 6 cycles of IVF to have my gorgeous daughter, now 2 and half years old. It was a hard process; the risk was that it would fail. It was stressful and emotional and took a toll on both my personal and professional life. At Future Family we want to fix this broken process by providing support for women as they go through their fertility journey -- from the very beginning, which starts with fertility testing. We also provide more affordable solutions with our custom IVF plans. If women have better support, more information upfront, and access to the best clinics, it shouldn't take 6 cycles to get pregnant! 


  • heyjessgirl
    over 2 years ago

    How did you end up working for Sir Richard Branson? That's really cool.

    How did you end up working for Sir Richard Branson? That's really cool.

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      It was fun :) The job opportunity came up through a friend and woman, Jean, who was running Virgin Unite. I was willing to move to D.C. (from California); and I was able to join the team building out Richard's climate change organization. This is a great example of how building a network of wonderful, connected women can really help your career.  It's important to keep up connections with women who you know are great and who are doing interesting things.

      It was fun :) The job opportunity came up through a friend and woman, Jean, who was running Virgin Unite. I was willing to move to D.C. (from California); and I was able to join the team building out Richard's climate change organization. This is a great example of how building a network of wonderful, connected women can really help your career.  It's important to keep up connections with women who you know are great and who are doing interesting things.

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    over 2 years ago

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  • Eshang567
    over 2 years ago

    I'm currently a college student so I'm not too familiar with the external fertility process. But I am interested in how you ended up in consumer finance to marketing and now in women's health! How did you find yourself moving around such diverse industries?

    I'm currently a college student so I'm not too familiar with the external fertility process. But I am interested in how you ended up in consumer finance to marketing and now in women's health! How did you find yourself moving around such diverse industries?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Me too! Life is full of twists and turns. I have broad interests, and it's increasingly easy as a professional to move between fields. The latest move was dictated entirely by my personal experience. Certainly if you'd suggested 5 years ago that I would start a women's health company, I would have looked at you like you were crazy! But after my fertility struggle it just felt too important not to pursue 

      Me too! Life is full of twists and turns. I have broad interests, and it's increasingly easy as a professional to move between fields. The latest move was dictated entirely by my personal experience. Certainly if you'd suggested 5 years ago that I would start a women's health company, I would have looked at you like you were crazy! But after my fertility struggle it just felt too important not to pursue 

  • Calen James
    over 2 years ago

    My wife and I have been speaking about this. However, she is scared and her friends haven't had the best experience with IVF. Where can we find good information?

    My wife and I have been speaking about this. However, she is scared and her friends haven't had the best experience with IVF. Where can we find good information?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Calen, it can be hard to find trusted information. Choosing a clinic carefully is very important; there are big differences in clinic success rates and outcomes. Top clinics can have a 45-50% success rate for women under 35 and then it does decline with age. There is one open source of data that I recommend for finding clinic success rates -- that is available at the SART website: http://www.sart.org. At Future Family, we provide free consults to couples to understand their options and to help choose a clinic -- you can check us out here and email or call for an appointment: https://www.futurefamily.com/


      Hi Calen, it can be hard to find trusted information. Choosing a clinic carefully is very important; there are big differences in clinic success rates and outcomes. Top clinics can have a 45-50% success rate for women under 35 and then it does decline with age. There is one open source of data that I recommend for finding clinic success rates -- that is available at the SART website: http://www.sart.org. At Future Family, we provide free consults to couples to understand their options and to help choose a clinic -- you can check us out here and email or call for an appointment: https://www.futurefamily.com/


  • Julie S.
    over 2 years ago

    what was it like growing up on a farm? Does it teach you skills that you still use now?

    what was it like growing up on a farm? Does it teach you skills that you still use now?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Julie - fun! We had lots of animals, and it was a happy childhood. All those times I had to get up a 6am to do chores and the responsibility of looking after animals gave me a strong work ethic early on :)

      Hi Julie - fun! We had lots of animals, and it was a happy childhood. All those times I had to get up a 6am to do chores and the responsibility of looking after animals gave me a strong work ethic early on :)

  • Lily Jiang
    over 2 years ago

    Do you still have family in UK? IS future family in UK as well? If not, do you plan to taking it there. 

    Do you still have family in UK? IS future family in UK as well? If not, do you plan to taking it there. 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Lily, all of my extended family is in the UK! Aunts, uncles, cousins, and 2nd cousins. We are not yet in the U.K. but one day :)

      Hi Lily, all of my extended family is in the UK! Aunts, uncles, cousins, and 2nd cousins. We are not yet in the U.K. but one day :)

  • Kathy May
    Kathy May Associate at Deutsche Bank
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

    Claire, could you walk me through the exact next steps for what I should do if I am interested? I am 30 years old, and don't quite know where to start.

    Claire, could you walk me through the exact next steps for what I should do if I am interested? I am 30 years old, and don't quite know where to start.

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Kathy, yes it can be hard to know where to start. We try to make it simple by suggesting two possible first steps (1) order a Fertility Age Test online and do a free consult after getting the test. This is critical information to understand next steps (and most clinics will recommend it but charge you more!) (2) simply sign up for a free consult with Future Family and after a 15 minute conversation you'll have all your questions answered. You can schedule by emailing us customercare@futurefamily.com, creating an account on the website, or calling 866-500-5628

      Hi Kathy, yes it can be hard to know where to start. We try to make it simple by suggesting two possible first steps (1) order a Fertility Age Test online and do a free consult after getting the test. This is critical information to understand next steps (and most clinics will recommend it but charge you more!) (2) simply sign up for a free consult with Future Family and after a 15 minute conversation you'll have all your questions answered. You can schedule by emailing us customercare@futurefamily.com, creating an account on the website, or calling 866-500-5628

      • Kathy May
        Kathy May Associate at Deutsche Bank
        over 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

        Thank you so much! Will do this!

        Thank you so much! Will do this!

  • Kathy May
    Kathy May Associate at Deutsche Bank
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

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  • Eva Gutierrez
    over 2 years ago

    Where is your company based? Do you have fertility clinics throughout US?

    Where is your company based? Do you have fertility clinics throughout US?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Eva -- we're headquartered in San Francisco and work with clinics across the U.S. We can help you wherever you live!

      Hi Eva -- we're headquartered in San Francisco and work with clinics across the U.S. We can help you wherever you live!

  • Eva Gutierrez
    over 2 years ago

    Where is your company based? Do you have fertility clinics throughout US?

    Where is your company based? Do you have fertility clinics throughout US?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Eva -- we're headquartered in San Francisco but work with women and clinics across the U.S. We can help you wherever you're based!

      Hi Eva -- we're headquartered in San Francisco but work with women and clinics across the U.S. We can help you wherever you're based!

  • Gabby B.
    over 2 years ago

    Are you a single mom? Should women think about egg freezing if they still don't have a partner. 

    Are you a single mom? Should women think about egg freezing if they still don't have a partner. 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Gabby, I'm actually married to a great guy named Marc :) I think egg freezing is a great move to preserve your fertility while you are looking for the right partner and to take off some of the pressure

      Hi Gabby, I'm actually married to a great guy named Marc :) I think egg freezing is a great move to preserve your fertility while you are looking for the right partner and to take off some of the pressure

  • Chelsea Brown
    over 2 years ago

    What was your PhD in? Is your company in the same field?

    What was your PhD in? Is your company in the same field?

  • Chelsea Brown
    over 2 years ago

    What was your PhD in? Is your company in the same field?

    What was your PhD in? Is your company in the same field?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Chelsea -- different field! My PhD is in Management Science & Engineering (but very focused on energy and natural resources). Funny life's twists and turns :)

      Hi Chelsea -- different field! My PhD is in Management Science & Engineering (but very focused on energy and natural resources). Funny life's twists and turns :)

  • Lauren Klein
    over 2 years ago

    how big is your team now? Is it mostly women?

    how big is your team now? Is it mostly women?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Lauren, we do employ a lot of women! We have a whole staff of fertility experts who are amazing registered nurses, typically with 8-9 years of clinical experience in fertility and deep compassion for women going through fertility treatment. Our team is constantly growing. We do also hire enlightened men :)

      Hi Lauren, we do employ a lot of women! We have a whole staff of fertility experts who are amazing registered nurses, typically with 8-9 years of clinical experience in fertility and deep compassion for women going through fertility treatment. Our team is constantly growing. We do also hire enlightened men :)

  • WallFlower
    over 2 years ago

    Can you share the personal journey that made you start Future Family?

    Can you share the personal journey that made you start Future Family?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      See my response to David Pham and story here https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b !

      See my response to David Pham and story here https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b !

  • Lucy Chen
    over 2 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    what your favorite part about your job?

    what your favorite part about your job?

  • Lucy Chen
    over 2 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    what your favorite part about your job?

    what your favorite part about your job?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Lucy -- there is nothing more amazing than hearing from a woman we have helped on this journey. It makes every late night, stressful moment, and tradeoff that I've had to make worth it!!

      Hi Lucy -- there is nothing more amazing than hearing from a woman we have helped on this journey. It makes every late night, stressful moment, and tradeoff that I've had to make worth it!!

  • Default
    Guest
    over 2 years ago

    was it hard to switch from energy tech and finance to female fertility field?

    was it hard to switch from energy tech and finance to female fertility field?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Brian -- interestingly not that hard. It's amazing in Silicon Valley how entrepreneurs who are passionate about a topic are accepted, even with very different background. In my case, my background in consumer finance (at SolarCity) has actually been an advantage to starting Future Family

      Hi Brian -- interestingly not that hard. It's amazing in Silicon Valley how entrepreneurs who are passionate about a topic are accepted, even with very different background. In my case, my background in consumer finance (at SolarCity) has actually been an advantage to starting Future Family

  • Leah 94
    over 2 years ago

    How does future family help navigate women through their journey?

    How does future family help navigate women through their journey?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Leah, all of our clients are paired with a personal nurse concierge who is available 24/7 via email - plus text, video, and phone. Your nurse concierge can answer all of your fertility questions, guide you through the process, help you find the right clinic, help manage your treatment, order your medications, schedule your appointment, and generally support you. If you want a taste of the experience, sign up for a free consult!

      Hi Leah, all of our clients are paired with a personal nurse concierge who is available 24/7 via email - plus text, video, and phone. Your nurse concierge can answer all of your fertility questions, guide you through the process, help you find the right clinic, help manage your treatment, order your medications, schedule your appointment, and generally support you. If you want a taste of the experience, sign up for a free consult!

  • Kelly Hudson
    over 2 years ago

    Did you have to go through egg freezing or IVF? What are you doing differently at Future Family that isn't done outside?

    Did you have to go through egg freezing or IVF? What are you doing differently at Future Family that isn't done outside?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Kelly -- I went through 6 rounds of IVF to have my beautiful daughter. We are the first company to bring together financing, technology, and concierge care to create and affordable, supported journey for women

      Hi Kelly -- I went through 6 rounds of IVF to have my beautiful daughter. We are the first company to bring together financing, technology, and concierge care to create and affordable, supported journey for women

  • Maddy Bernstein
    over 2 years ago

    I have heard that everyone's clock works differently. Is that true?

    I have heard that everyone's clock works differently. Is that true?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Yes! Your fertility age is different from your biological age. Check out the Fertility Age Test here https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest

      Yes! Your fertility age is different from your biological age. Check out the Fertility Age Test here https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest

  • Sarah Fein
    over 2 years ago

    When do you think is the right time for someone to look into egg freezing?

    When do you think is the right time for someone to look into egg freezing?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Sarah, see my reply to Maddy Bernstein. I think there's a strong case for freezing your eggs in your mid to late 20s and certainly by your early 30s if you can do it safely and affordably. That's what Future Family is all about https://www.futurefamily.com

      Hi Sarah, see my reply to Maddy Bernstein. I think there's a strong case for freezing your eggs in your mid to late 20s and certainly by your early 30s if you can do it safely and affordably. That's what Future Family is all about https://www.futurefamily.com

  • Sasha Blemming
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    How many women are sterile?

    How many women are sterile?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Sasha -- I don't know the actual statistic! But like much of women's health, we need to talk about this more and the options.

      Hi Sasha -- I don't know the actual statistic! But like much of women's health, we need to talk about this more and the options.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    over 2 years ago

    Lastly, I hear it's not guaranteed to work, so do you know if it's worth the health risk?

    Lastly, I hear it's not guaranteed to work, so do you know if it's worth the health risk?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Maddy -- there are things women can do to greatly increase the chance of success, like freeze eggs earlier and ensure a higher number of frozen eggs overall, and consider embryo creation/freezing. We provide free consults to discuss all the options. It is very important for women to understand there is not a guarantee, but we can help you understand the chances of success -- which can be very, very high if approach the right way.

      Hi Maddy -- there are things women can do to greatly increase the chance of success, like freeze eggs earlier and ensure a higher number of frozen eggs overall, and consider embryo creation/freezing. We provide free consults to discuss all the options. It is very important for women to understand there is not a guarantee, but we can help you understand the chances of success -- which can be very, very high if approach the right way.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    over 2 years ago

    Also, are there health risks involved with freezing your eggs? 

    Also, are there health risks involved with freezing your eggs? 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Maddy -- anything medical has some risks associated with it. The risks for a single cycle of egg freezing are minimal and very rare to have any form of complications. The testing and preparation before doing egg freezing helps establish that it makes sense and is safe.

      Hi Maddy -- anything medical has some risks associated with it. The risks for a single cycle of egg freezing are minimal and very rare to have any form of complications. The testing and preparation before doing egg freezing helps establish that it makes sense and is safe.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    over 2 years ago

    Do you think women are getting their eggs frozen too young? I have a friend who did it in her late twenties. 

    Do you think women are getting their eggs frozen too young? I have a friend who did it in her late twenties. 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Maddy -- actually the opposite! Freezing in your twenties is ideal, if you can do it safely and affordably. As we age, our eggs undergo chromosomal damage. We also experience a decline in quantity. Freezing in your 20s you can (typically) do a single cycle, get a good number of eggs, and also be assured those eggs are genetically normal. Waiting until your 30s, women often have to go through more than one costly cycle and have a lower percentage of usable eggs. Today the majority of women in the U.S. have kids in their 30s -- this was just reported for the first time a month of two ago -- so having frozen eggs is a great insurance policy if you are planning to delay childbirth.

      Hi Maddy -- actually the opposite! Freezing in your twenties is ideal, if you can do it safely and affordably. As we age, our eggs undergo chromosomal damage. We also experience a decline in quantity. Freezing in your 20s you can (typically) do a single cycle, get a good number of eggs, and also be assured those eggs are genetically normal. Waiting until your 30s, women often have to go through more than one costly cycle and have a lower percentage of usable eggs. Today the majority of women in the U.S. have kids in their 30s -- this was just reported for the first time a month of two ago -- so having frozen eggs is a great insurance policy if you are planning to delay childbirth.

  • Madison Sigfield
    over 2 years ago

    I think what you're doing is amazing! It has come a long way for IVF, especially when procedures and storing the eggs were at thousands of dollars when they first came into market. My question is: How were you able to cut down the costs on storage so that they're more affordable?

    I think what you're doing is amazing! It has come a long way for IVF, especially when procedures and storing the eggs were at thousands of dollars when they first came into market. My question is: How were you able to cut down the costs on storage so that they're more affordable?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Madison -- thanks!! As a company we are able to buy things in bulk and pass on discounts to the customer -- kind of like a Groupon for women :) We are also providing plans that essentially offer a financing solution. Happy to answer more questions!

      Hi Madison -- thanks!! As a company we are able to buy things in bulk and pass on discounts to the customer -- kind of like a Groupon for women :) We are also providing plans that essentially offer a financing solution. Happy to answer more questions!

  • mommy coder
    over 2 years ago

    When did you start future family? Did you invent the products yourself? 

    When did you start future family? Did you invent the products yourself? 

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Mommy Coder -- we started Future Family just over a year ago. We did invent the products and services you see on our website. I had a background in consumer finance and used to work in the solar industry (very different!) but my own struggles with fertility led me to apply that knowledge to inventing financial products for women 

      Hi Mommy Coder -- we started Future Family just over a year ago. We did invent the products and services you see on our website. I had a background in consumer finance and used to work in the solar industry (very different!) but my own struggles with fertility led me to apply that knowledge to inventing financial products for women 

  • tishita
    over 2 years ago

    What would be the one thing your daughter has taught you?

    What would be the one thing your daughter has taught you?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Tishita -- so many things! Perhaps the most profound is joy in the moment. She doesn't worry about the future or obsess about the past. Amazing to see life through her eyes.

      Hi Tishita -- so many things! Perhaps the most profound is joy in the moment. She doesn't worry about the future or obsess about the past. Amazing to see life through her eyes.

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    what motivated you to start future family? 

    what motivated you to start future family? 

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Namisha - my personal experience motivated me. I think that is often the case for entrepreneurs. You can read about my person struggle with fertility here https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b

      Hi Namisha - my personal experience motivated me. I think that is often the case for entrepreneurs. You can read about my person struggle with fertility here https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b

  • David Pham
    David Pham CTO/CPO of Mogul
    over 2 years ago

    Hi Claire! What's the story behind the founding of Future Family?

    Hi Claire! What's the story behind the founding of Future Family?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi David, thanks for asking! It was motivated by my personal struggle with fertility. I found there was very little good information out there and the whole process is so impersonal and, frankly, unaffordable. We want to change all that with affordable plans for IVF and egg freezing and our concierge care platform to support all women. Read more here https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b

      Hi David, thanks for asking! It was motivated by my personal struggle with fertility. I found there was very little good information out there and the whole process is so impersonal and, frankly, unaffordable. We want to change all that with affordable plans for IVF and egg freezing and our concierge care platform to support all women. Read more here https://medium.com/@claire_98692/what-do-a-tesla-and-a-1-month-old-have-in-common-588464461f4b

  • Emma Simpson
    over 2 years ago

    I'm worried that I'm looking into IVF too soon, because it would be a financial waste, but I'm also worried that I would be looking into it too late. What would you recommend?

    I'm worried that I'm looking into IVF too soon, because it would be a financial waste, but I'm also worried that I would be looking into it too late. What would you recommend?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Emma, to better understand when you should look into IVF I would recommend taking a simple hormone test (AMH, FSH, E2) to understand your current fertility profile; then talk to a fertility expert to help understand the results. A follow on step would be an antral follicle count at a clinic. You can order the hormone test through a specialized fertility clinic or off of our website here -- it's called the Fertility Age Test 

      https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest

      Hi Emma, to better understand when you should look into IVF I would recommend taking a simple hormone test (AMH, FSH, E2) to understand your current fertility profile; then talk to a fertility expert to help understand the results. A follow on step would be an antral follicle count at a clinic. You can order the hormone test through a specialized fertility clinic or off of our website here -- it's called the Fertility Age Test 

      https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest

  • Michelle Wen
    Michelle Wen President of Mogul at Cornell
    over 2 years ago Ithaca, NY, United States

    What is the average age of women who try IVF? 

    What is the average age of women who try IVF? 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Michelle -- see my note to ahc328 above. Success rates for IVF decline after age 35 but I also want to emphasize how much it depends on your underlying biology and lifestyle, which varies for every woman!

      Hi Michelle -- see my note to ahc328 above. Success rates for IVF decline after age 35 but I also want to emphasize how much it depends on your underlying biology and lifestyle, which varies for every woman!

  • mka
    mka
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    When is the last-resort age that you recommend looking into IVF?

    When is the last-resort age that you recommend looking into IVF?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Every woman is different so it is a tough question! On average, women see a decline in their fertility after age 35 and success rates for IVF decline past that point. However, it's important to note that many women successfully get pregnant in their late 30s and even 40s. A Fertility Age Test can give you insight into your personal fertility profile so you have more information about your chances with IVF: https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest

      Every woman is different so it is a tough question! On average, women see a decline in their fertility after age 35 and success rates for IVF decline past that point. However, it's important to note that many women successfully get pregnant in their late 30s and even 40s. A Fertility Age Test can give you insight into your personal fertility profile so you have more information about your chances with IVF: https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest

  • women who code
    over 2 years ago

    Why did you think of starting future family?

    Why did you think of starting future family?

    • Claire Tomkins
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      over 2 years ago

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  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    over 2 years ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    Can you walk me through your product exactly? 

    Can you walk me through your product exactly? 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Rachel -- see my reply to Ellen Velvet!

      Hi Rachel -- see my reply to Ellen Velvet!

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    over 2 years ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    What is your biggest hope for what your company achieves for women?

    What is your biggest hope for what your company achieves for women?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Rachel -- my biggest hope is that women start planning for their fertility journey earlier in life and as a natural part of our lives. Today we spend so much time on career, relationship, home ownership, other milestones -- but women wait to get any fertility information until they try to conceive. We need to have these conversations earlier! We hope that every woman age 25-44 who is considering having a family will take a Fertility Age Test and start getting informed about her fertility -- and her options

      Hi Rachel -- my biggest hope is that women start planning for their fertility journey earlier in life and as a natural part of our lives. Today we spend so much time on career, relationship, home ownership, other milestones -- but women wait to get any fertility information until they try to conceive. We need to have these conversations earlier! We hope that every woman age 25-44 who is considering having a family will take a Fertility Age Test and start getting informed about her fertility -- and her options

  • Danica
    over 2 years ago

    Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sofia Vergara have used fertility treatments and surrogates to have babies later in life but they also have loads of money to spend. What's the cheapest way for women trying to start a family after her 30s and/or without a man??

    Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sofia Vergara have used fertility treatments and surrogates to have babies later in life but they also have loads of money to spend. What's the cheapest way for women trying to start a family after her 30s and/or without a man??

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Danica -- you've hit on one of the biggest problems today for women in their 30s: fertility care is unaffordable. I recently wrote a post in HuffPo about how difficult it was for me and my husband and it cost us $100,000 to have a baby! At my new company, Future Family, we are providing affordable alternatives for women with IVF and egg freezing plans that are just a a few hundred dollars a month. We are committed to helping every woman start a family affordably, and I'm pleased to say that today we are helping hundreds of women across the U.S. 

      Hi Danica -- you've hit on one of the biggest problems today for women in their 30s: fertility care is unaffordable. I recently wrote a post in HuffPo about how difficult it was for me and my husband and it cost us $100,000 to have a baby! At my new company, Future Family, we are providing affordable alternatives for women with IVF and egg freezing plans that are just a a few hundred dollars a month. We are committed to helping every woman start a family affordably, and I'm pleased to say that today we are helping hundreds of women across the U.S. 

      • Danica
        over 2 years ago

        That's amazing to know. Thanks Claire for the information.

        That's amazing to know. Thanks Claire for the information.

  • Danica
    over 2 years ago

    What's the best age for women to freeze their eggs?

    What's the best age for women to freeze their eggs?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi again Danica -- every woman's biology is different. Some women are fertile into their late 30s and early 40s. Other women have declining fertility in their 30s or even early onset of menopause (which is partly genetic). We recommend a Fertility Age Test to understand your own fertility profile: https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest


      Also note: generally the younger you are when you freeze your eggs the more eggs you will collect and the easier on your body. We'd love to see more women freezing in their mid to late 20s.

      Hi again Danica -- every woman's biology is different. Some women are fertile into their late 30s and early 40s. Other women have declining fertility in their 30s or even early onset of menopause (which is partly genetic). We recommend a Fertility Age Test to understand your own fertility profile: https://www.futurefamily.com/fertilityagetest


      Also note: generally the younger you are when you freeze your eggs the more eggs you will collect and the easier on your body. We'd love to see more women freezing in their mid to late 20s.

  • Ellen velvet
    over 2 years ago

    How does it work?

    How does it work?

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Ellen -- two ways to get started. Either order a Fertility Age Test or sign up for a free consult by emailing (customercare@futurefamily.com) or calling us (866-500-5628). We help you understand your options and learn about your goals. Then, we have custom plans for fertility care if you decide you want egg freezing or IVF. All of our plans are available for a low monthly fee and include concierge care. 

      Hi Ellen -- two ways to get started. Either order a Fertility Age Test or sign up for a free consult by emailing (customercare@futurefamily.com) or calling us (866-500-5628). We help you understand your options and learn about your goals. Then, we have custom plans for fertility care if you decide you want egg freezing or IVF. All of our plans are available for a low monthly fee and include concierge care. 

      • Kathy May
        Kathy May Associate at Deutsche Bank
        over 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

        Going to try this!

        Going to try this!

  • V
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Claire, 


    I'm super impressed with the work you're doing with Future Fertility. Women definitely need more access to these services, esp with the current climate around US Health Care and what services women will be able to access regarding family planning. 

    What percentage of women do you predict in the next 5 or so years will freeze their eggs/wait to have children until a bit later in life? Do you see this being a growing trend? 

    Again, super cool work you're doing - Thanks! 

    Hi Claire, 


    I'm super impressed with the work you're doing with Future Fertility. Women definitely need more access to these services, esp with the current climate around US Health Care and what services women will be able to access regarding family planning. 

    What percentage of women do you predict in the next 5 or so years will freeze their eggs/wait to have children until a bit later in life? Do you see this being a growing trend? 

    Again, super cool work you're doing - Thanks! 

    • Claire Tomkins
      Claire Tomkins Founder & CEO of Future Family
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Virginia -- thanks!! We did a recent survey of women across the U.S. ages 25-40 and were surprised to learn that 3 in 10 women are at least considering freezing their eggs. Today the numbers are small but we think in the future it will be common to freeze your eggs in your mid-20s or early 30s. The majority of women in the U.S. now have kids in their 30s so fertility preservation is an important step to having a healthy family! 

      Hi Virginia -- thanks!! We did a recent survey of women across the U.S. ages 25-40 and were surprised to learn that 3 in 10 women are at least considering freezing their eggs. Today the numbers are small but we think in the future it will be common to freeze your eggs in your mid-20s or early 30s. The majority of women in the U.S. now have kids in their 30s so fertility preservation is an important step to having a healthy family! 

  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D. Creative production student, certified dog enthusiast and Jedi knight.
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What would be your advice on taking something that you are passionate about and turning it into a tangible start up or business?

    What would be your advice on taking something that you are passionate about and turning it into a tangible start up or business?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Lauren -- three things. (1) get out and talk to people about your idea. You've probably heard about the Lean Methodology. you need to get feedback from the very beginning and find some "early adopters" who would use your product or service so you can understand if there is a market and who your users are (2) find some early financial backers -- "friends & family" or crowdsourcing (3) don't hold yourself back!! if you are passionate, you can iterate on the business idea until you find a fit. believe in yourself. too many women have self-doubts and hold themselves back but shouldn't :)

      Hi Lauren -- three things. (1) get out and talk to people about your idea. You've probably heard about the Lean Methodology. you need to get feedback from the very beginning and find some "early adopters" who would use your product or service so you can understand if there is a market and who your users are (2) find some early financial backers -- "friends & family" or crowdsourcing (3) don't hold yourself back!! if you are passionate, you can iterate on the business idea until you find a fit. believe in yourself. too many women have self-doubts and hold themselves back but shouldn't :)

  • Rebecca
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Is there an advantage of being a mother and start up CEO at the same time in terms of scheduling? Is it worse?

    Is there an advantage of being a mother and start up CEO at the same time in terms of scheduling? Is it worse?

    • future-claire
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      over 2 years ago

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    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Yes! I work a lot but I have flexibility -- much more flexibility than I had when I was a corporate executive. Typically I start my day around 7am when my daughter wakes me up. We hang out until around 8:30. Then she is in preschool or nanny during the day 8:30-5:30. At 5:30 I stop work and have dinner with her and play. Then back to work around 8:00pm when she goes to bed! 

      Yes! I work a lot but I have flexibility -- much more flexibility than I had when I was a corporate executive. Typically I start my day around 7am when my daughter wakes me up. We hang out until around 8:30. Then she is in preschool or nanny during the day 8:30-5:30. At 5:30 I stop work and have dinner with her and play. Then back to work around 8:00pm when she goes to bed! 

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Yes! I work a lot but I have flexibility -- much more flexibility than I had when I was a corporate executive. Typically I start my day around 7am when my daughter wakes me up. We hang out until around 8:30. Then she is in preschool or nanny during the day 8:30-5:30. At 5:30 I stop work and have dinner with her and play. Then back to work around 8:00pm when she goes to bed! 

      Yes! I work a lot but I have flexibility -- much more flexibility than I had when I was a corporate executive. Typically I start my day around 7am when my daughter wakes me up. We hang out until around 8:30. Then she is in preschool or nanny during the day 8:30-5:30. At 5:30 I stop work and have dinner with her and play. Then back to work around 8:00pm when she goes to bed! 

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Yes! I work a lot but I have flexibility -- much more flexibility than I had when I was a corporate executive. Typically I start my day around 7am when my daughter wakes me up. We hang out until around 8:30. Then she is in preschool or nanny during the day 8:30-5:30. At 5:30 I stop work and have dinner with her and play. Then back to work around 8:00pm when she goes to bed! 

      Yes! I work a lot but I have flexibility -- much more flexibility than I had when I was a corporate executive. Typically I start my day around 7am when my daughter wakes me up. We hang out until around 8:30. Then she is in preschool or nanny during the day 8:30-5:30. At 5:30 I stop work and have dinner with her and play. Then back to work around 8:00pm when she goes to bed! 

  • jessica
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    In retrospect, what did you learn from working for Richard Branson?

    In retrospect, what did you learn from working for Richard Branson?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      One key thing: do not be afraid to fail. Richard was so clear that when you believe in something, you go for it. When someone pitched him an idea with true passion, he would say, "Well, let's give it a go." Fearlessness

      One key thing: do not be afraid to fail. Richard was so clear that when you believe in something, you go for it. When someone pitched him an idea with true passion, he would say, "Well, let's give it a go." Fearlessness

  • Marla Mc
    over 2 years ago

    Wow! Could you tell us about the three or four biggest challenges you encountered which you consider to be the toughest ones in set up a business and an organization like this?

    Wow! Could you tell us about the three or four biggest challenges you encountered which you consider to be the toughest ones in set up a business and an organization like this?

    • future-claire
      over 2 years ago

      Hi Marla -- I think just taking the initial leap was one of the biggest challenges. The research shows women are more risk averse than men and also less "over-confident." I believed that I was qualified and competent but I kept telling myself maybe I needed a few more years of experience, maybe I wasn't quite ready. I encourage every woman to check in with herself and may sure you don't have a negative narrative that is holding you back! Other than that -- navigating the initial go-to-market strategy and hiring an amazing team have been the big challenges. The rest is perseverance!

      Hi Marla -- I think just taking the initial leap was one of the biggest challenges. The research shows women are more risk averse than men and also less "over-confident." I believed that I was qualified and competent but I kept telling myself maybe I needed a few more years of experience, maybe I wasn't quite ready. I encourage every woman to check in with herself and may sure you don't have a negative narrative that is holding you back! Other than that -- navigating the initial go-to-market strategy and hiring an amazing team have been the big challenges. The rest is perseverance!


Claire Tomkins
Founder & CEO of Future Family

Claire is Founder and CEO of Future Family, a startup helping modern women navigate their fertility journey. Previously, Claire was Director of Product Marketing at SolarCity (now TSLA), where she helped build one of the largest consumer finance businesses in the industry. She holds a PhD from [...]

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