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|Education||University of Calgary|
|Occupation||Founder of PlanetHospital|
|Known for||Medical Tourism, Snowboard Academy|
|Home town||Santa Barbara, California|
Rudy Rupak (also known as Rudy Rupak Acharya born 14 Nov 1968) is a serial entrepreneur best known for introducing the business of Medical Tourism as the founder of the world's first Medical Tourism company, PlanetHospital. He is also known for producing Snowboard Academy
Rudy was born on 14 Nov 1968 in Chiswick, UK. Prior to PlanetHospital, Rudy's serial entrepreneur skills started at the age of 17 when he sold his first software business to a company that was eventually acquired by Corel Corp. just shortly after graduating high school. After a year at University of Calgary, another year at Simon Fraser and then at the University of Kwaazulu Natal, South Africa, Rudy returned to Canada to pursue his love of film. Rudy spent three years at various film distribution companies before finally starting his own production company, Millennium Multimedia. Millennium was responsible for several video games including PRIMORTALS and Boardlords, the first computer game about snowboarding. In 1996 Rudy Rupak produced Snowboard Academy for Colombia Tri-Star Entertainment, as well as She's Too Tall For Me.
In 1996, Rudy's company Millennium Multimedia was mistaken for a company involved in Y2K initiatives and he seized upon the opportunity to create a software that would scan a PC's bios for Y2K compatibility. The company was taken public in 1997 under the name Planet City Software, trading symbol PINC. In 1998, Rudy created an online ecommerce software tool the ecommkit before exiting PINC to join American Apparel as its first CTO.
While at American Apparel, Rudy created a call center named ContactStation in Thailand, followed by partnering with Stewart Title, to introduce title insurance to India. Contact Station was sold to Loxley Inc and the title insurance endeavour fizzled out but on a trip back from India, when his wife became sick and was taken to a hospital in Bangkok, Rudy realized that there was potential in sending foreigners to Thailand for medical treatment and the Medical Tourism company Planethospital was born.
After spending three years in film distribution, Rudy started his own company called Millennium Multimedia Inc in 1995 to create content for television, internet, cd-rom and motion picture. Shortly thereafter, Rudy managed to get the interest of Columbia TriStar Home Video to co-finance Snowboard Academy which was a modest success on home video and HBO and continues to play on cable. Rudy's next movie was The Final Goal, for which he took a special thanks to credit, and the She's Too Tall For Me, for MGM Home Entertainment (now a division of Sony). After the failure of trying to make another Snowboarding movie called Boardlords, Rudy returned to the software world but plans to return to motion pictures again.
PlanetHospital was the world's first medical tourism company which Rudy started organically from his home while he was still CTO of American Apparel. The company grew organically from 2002 to 2005 and gradually accelerated its growth as the company was mentioned in several hundred media stories including Nightline, CNN, and Time Magazine.
While PlanetHospital was germinating, Rudy was hired by an Indian video game production company, FxLabs, to lead the charge in animation and video game development. Rudy brokered a deal between FxLabs to create the ARCHIES videogame. In 2006, PlanetHospital became the first company to send a patient from the US to India for surrogacy. In late 2006 PlanetHospital sent the first gay patient to India for surrogacy and within two years surrogacy became a $100 million plus enterprise throughout the globe.
In 2009, Rudy Rupak attempted to create an insurance product based on Medical Tourism, called DIASPORA, but the concept was deemed illegal by the California Department of Insurance and Rudy was forced to give up more shares to his investors who ultimately decided to take PlanetHospital public through a reverse merger with GlobalHealth Voyager (GLHV)(OTCBB: GLHV). GlobalHealth's board ordered PlanetHospital to focus on surrogacy only and forgo marketing other aspects of medical tourism, as aspect that Rudy was not too happy with, forcing Rudy to fight a long battle to get PlanetHospital back.
Rudy Rupak was the first person to send a foreign patient to India for surrogacy. It was a huge risk for all parties but it was successful. In 2007 Rudy sent around 25 couples to India for surrogacy, the first year he offered the service. Based on this success, Rudy introduced the first gay surrogacy in India and soon Commercial surrogacy in India became a billion dollar industry. Rudy eventually introduced surrogacy to Panama, Greece and eventually Mexico. After GLHV acquired PlanetHospital, the board requested that Rudy only focus on surrogacy, a decision he vehemently protested against and ultimately led a fight to get the company back.
By January 2013, GLHV officially settled out of court with Rudy Rupak to return PlanetHospital, however a month before, India had announced a ban on most surrogacy cases. This situation left PlanetHospital in a precarious position as over 20 of its clients paid for services but PlanetHospital's vendors were unable to perform services and most did not refund the moneys that were paid to them prior to the ban. Undaunted, PlanetHospital started to offer surrogacy in Mexico. After a huge legal expense to get his company back, and the ban on surrogacy in India that impacted close to 20 of his clients, Rudy worked with several vendors in Mexico and then attempted to purchase his own clinic in Cancun. He had hired a husband/wife legal team to assist with the challenges of surrogacy only to learn that they had started a competing company while being compensated by PlanetHospital. The team then went on to orchestrate a forced bankruptcy against PlanetHospital along with a campaign to destroy Rudy's reputation.
In an attempt to clear his name, Rudy met with the FBI on his own accord to discuss the many complaints they had received and thus far no charges had been filed. While fighting the bankruptcy challenge in court Rudy launched a lawsuit against the legal team with the understanding that any settlement would go to pay the debtors who lost money due to PlanetHospital's surrogacy disaster. Since this situation, Rudy has co-founded an eCommerce company. He is also looking to re-launch a new medical tourism company in the hopes of helping to pay off those who lost money on planethospital's surrogacy program.
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