Founder of Hula, an STD clinic-locating app, Ramin Bastani knows his way around a Planned Parenthood or two.
The story of Hula’s origins go back to a night out on the town when he, fresh out of a long-term relationship, met a woman whom he brought back to his place. Just when things started getting hot and heavy, the question came up: Did he have any STDs? However he answered, it must not have been the right way. “She steps away and says, ‘You have an STD.’ She smacks me across the face, tells me to eff off, and walks out of the room,” Bastani recalls. Even though he had a clean bill of health, he had no easy way of proving it—and the young woman had no way of knowing for sure if he was being truthful, for that matter. “I sat there thinking there has to be a better way,” Bastani says.