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Sunny Gurpreet Singh

The founder of RoundGlass, Edifecs and creator of 'Wholistic Wellbeing'

Summary

Sunny Gurpreet Singh is the founder and CEO of Edifecs, founder of RoundGlass and the visionary behind the Wholistic Wellbeing concept. Sunny Gurpreet Singh is a serial entrepreneur and wellbeing and corporate wellness leader whose life’s work is focused on sustainability and creating global holistic wellness solutions for humanity. He believes RoundGlass to be the ultimate life project of his.

“Everything that happened in my life up to this point, has been in preparation for RoundGlass. The same way, I was destined to become an entrepreneur. Some people are lucky to find their calling in life early. But for the majority of us, as the journey of life unfolds, we are continuously soul searching. The time spent soul searching is, however, not lost. It prepares you for what your real life purpose is, it shapes you, and it shapes your character”.

Biography

Singh comes from a humble background. He grew up in a lower middle class family. His father sometimes had to borrow money from friends. Growing up with his mother’s unconditional love and support however, he never felt like he had to worry about it. His parents never spoke ill of anybody. These are the things that he thinks eventually built the character of the family.

His father was a sportsman, a hockey player; one of the best Indian hockey players at some point, something that he achieved through sheer perseverance and hard work, as he did not even have proper shoes to begin with.

Singh was a studious kid, he always studied very hard. His mother’s main advice to him was to “always be honest, never be a crook, because it never pays off”. Being brought up as a Sikh, in a very open, giving religion, it imparted to him the value of helping others and giving back. This is also where his attitude of “live and let live” and “be true to yourself” comes from.

When Singh graduated from college, he had no intent of coming to the United States. He wanted to stay in India and build his future and career there. Upon graduation, a friend took him to an astrologer, as a joke. The astrologer said to him: “you are not going to stay here, you’re going to leave the country”. This triggered the thought in his mind, what if? In the end, Singh got a scholarship for a university in Montana; everything was paid for, so he decided to go.

Singh came to the US on a ticket that was paid for by a loan from a bank. The bank manager happened to be the father of the friend of his sister. His aunt gave him some pocket money, but that was it. When he landed at JFK, he did not even know where Montana was yet. When he arrived, his dorm was closed, as it was too late. He met Indian students there, who helped him. That was his welcome to the US. This was the moment when he realized that: “I am going to be okay here”.

Edifecs

Before he turned 30, Singh had worked at three different companies, realizing very quickly at each that none of the jobs fulfilled him. He wanted to use his expertise solving supply chain and enterprise integration problems for a profitable organization that was making a meaningful difference.

So he set about trying to tackle one of the knottiest challenges facing American business—health-care costs. Singh believes making the industry more efficient by managing information in real time at the lowest possible cost would save enough to cover all uninsured Americans.

He started Edifecs using his consulting money, and his credit cards. At the time, he did not know about venture capital, or about investors. He has never run teams before, either. The one thing that was going for him, was his knowledge of the industry and his sense of hustle. He would only sleep 4 hours a day; and this was a huge shift, from a person who was looking at his watch at 2 pm every day during my previous jobs.

When Singh launched Bellevue-based Edifecs in 1996, he set some ambitious goals: no venture capitalists and no debt, but instead, growth and profit every year. He has guided the company through economic downturns and the recession and accomplished his goals: Edifecs is a profitable, self-funded, employee-owned company with no debt—as well as one of the fastest-growing health-care technology companies in the United States.

Edifecs helps improve the ways health-care organizations manage and leverage the information they exchange. It also streamlines and automates manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management. The result? Greatly reduced administrative costs and on-target regulatory compliance without the risk, time and cost of replacing existing IT infrastructure.

RoundGlass

His inspiration to launch RoundGlass came from the time when he was going through a challenging time on a professional level. At one point in the early 2000s, Edifecs started to struggle financially, all of which was exacerbated by 9/11. It was a difficult stage in the company’s history. For Sunny, on a personal level, this was a soul-searching stage. Despite already being in talks with bankruptcy lawyers and his friends insisting he left to work for Microsoft, he chose to persist. By 2005, all of Edifecs debts were paid off. During the financial crisis, the company grew aggressively and further expanded. He regards this as a growth story that could inspire many others: “if they could do it then, anyone could”.

His mission with RoundGlass is simple, yet ambitious: to “inspire people to embrace a life of Wholistic Wellbeing to create a happier, healthier, and more joyful world”. He works to achieve this by investing in and developing new technology, sharing knowledge, and focusing on action for the good of the individual, community, and the wider world. RoundGlass is a company that defines him and his passions.

“The universe has been kind to me, so my idea with RoundGlass was to give back. I found that the idea of ‘wholistic wellbeing’ was the right way to achieve that and to help others, which is what actually drives me every day. ‘Wholistic wellbeing’ is something that everyone should follow because it makes you feel better; it is all about becoming a better person, mentally, emotionally and physically”.

Vision

About vision behind RoundGlass

RoundGlass is dedicated to empowering and enabling people on their personal wellbeing journey. The company works to achieve this by investing in and developing new technology, sharing knowledge, and focusing on action for the good of the individual, community, and the wider world.

Sunny’s mission with RoundGlass is simple, yet ambitious: to “inspire people to embrace a life of Wholistic Wellbeing to create a happier, healthier, and more joyful world”. What is more, he wants “to transform the prevailing reaction-based approach in the healthcare world to one that’s proactive, focused on prevention in addition to treatment”.

About wholistic wellbeing

“Wholistic wellbeing is something that everyone should follow because it makes one feel better; it is all about becoming a better person. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. The wholistic wellbeing notion explores all the verticals, channels, ways that one finds wholeness. This includes meditation, yoga, physical exercise, et cetera. Achieving wholistic wellbeing is like getting a degree in life. It means learning how to live. It gives one tools to answer the following questions: How do I sleep/eat/relax? How do I become a joyful learner for life? How do I give back to nature? How do I give back to the community?”

References

https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2020/12/11/dealmaker-year-gurpreet-sunny-singh-health-care.html

https://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/article/entrepreneurs-year-technology

https://round.glass/about-us/

https://twitter.com/sunnysingh

http://inktalks.com/people/sunny-singh

https://youtu.be/fCOdDrt-rQ8

https://www.edifecs.com/about-us/news-and-events/news-edifecs-ceo-sunny-singh-named-ernst-young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-201