by Buck Institute
January 11, 2024 . Donor Appreciation
Entrepreneur Jacob Azevedo finds a perfect fit at the Buck
Jacob Azevedo is used to jumping on a good opportunity when he sees one. For him, joining the Buck’s Impact Circle was a no-brainer, and after his first experience with the popular donor group he expects to be involved every year going forward.
Azevedo is an entrepreneur, an active member of the Entrepreneur Organization in his hometown Sacramento Chapter. Azevedo says his parents remember him constantly talking about starting businesses and making money even when he was in grade school, an attribute that made his folks more than a little nervous. He started his first entrepreneurial venture when he was 20.
The father of three is also athletic. As a youngster he played soccer, football and baseball where he was a nationally ranked high school athlete. He was obsessed with improving his performance. While football injuries sidelined any hope of becoming a professional baseball player, his recovery process kicked off an interest in performance wellness.
It was a confluence of events that began when Azevedo was his late 20’s that started him on the path that now includes the Buck. He was running a large private company in the steel industry. Stress was taking a toll, and he knew he had to take action if he wanted to perform optimally both physically and cognitively, both personally and professionally. His interest and research in health and wellness bloomed. He consulted with doctors across the globe in all different types of functional and integrative medicine and started developing protocols to support his own wellbeing. He became an early “health hacker.”
Azevedo’s employees, many of whom were unhealthy, noticed the improvements that he was experiencing. He started shared his protocols with them, becoming a de facto “health guru” within his company and peer network. He was thrilled to see some of his employees get healthier in dramatic ways. He says their work performance improved, and they felt better about themselves and their lives. “Seeing those improvements in other people was really rewarding. It forced me to ask myself what I really wanted to do with my life. Before that I was just focused on making money. Going forward I wanted to make a bigger and more direct impact in other people’s lives, like the way I did in mine.”
Azevedo’s entrepreneurial nature came to the fore and soon he was asking “How can I take this to more people?”
He and his co-founders established Everspan Life in 2022. The company, which operates in three locations (Sacramento, Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado), is growing via word of mouth, offering individualized plans for health and longevity optimization through diagnostic testing, proactive screening and a number of different integrative therapies.
Azevedo has long been aware of the Buck and recognized that the Institute’s focus on extending healthspan was perfectly aligned with his interests and his desire to stay on top of the latest scientific advancements. He decided that joining the Impact Circle, where members pool resources and choose an early-stage project to support, was the perfect way to get involved.
“The ability to put funding in and the ability to choose a study that has a real meaningful impact is a pretty cool thing to be a part of,” he says. “And I'm in the longevity space, so it's even more meaningful. There's also the selfish side, wanting to take advantage of advances for myself, as well as ‘what’s this research going to do for the larger population?’.”
“Plus, I’m really enjoying having dialogue with the scientists. It’s something that you can’t do just by walking in the door. There’s so much synergy. I’m already talking to some of the researchers about investing in their projects,” he says.
“We are thrilled to have Jacob as a member of the Impact Circle,” says Lisa Palma, the Director of Philanthropy at the Buck. “His energy and his professional focus highlight the significance of our work and gets us excited to see how it could be translated to human health.” Those interested in learning more about the Impact Circle are encouraged to reach out to Palma: email@example.com
Science is showing that while chronological aging is inevitable, biological aging is malleable. There's a part of it that you can fight, and we are getting closer and closer to winning that fight.
Eric Verdin, MD, Buck Institute President and CEO