Obituary – In Honorable Memory of Dr. Hubertus Rechberg

Dr. Hubertus Rechberg, founder of Valley Electronics, passed away on September 24, 2019, at the age of 71, surrounded by his family. As long-term managing director of the family business and pioneer in the development of fertility trackers, he leaves far-reaching marks in the company as well as in the entire femtech industry. Rechberg was at the same time a businessman and an inventor, and always a step ahead of his time, having developed the fertility trackers Baby-Comp, Lady-Comp, and Pearly since the 1980s. These devices allowed women more freedom and self-determination while monitoring their cycles naturally. Thanks to his far-sighted entrepreneurial thinking, his demand-driven actions and his innovative ideas, Rechberg is highly respected and greatly appreciated not only by employees, customers and business partners. His family, his employees and the health of women were especially near and dear to his heart -- a valuable foundation on which Natalie Rechberg-Egly, managing director and eldest daughter, and her husband Collin Egly can continue the family business. They continue to provide millions of women around the world with fertility trackers that provide a natural, reliable and accurate method of cycle monitoring.

We hold his memory in the highest esteem.

How It All Began

Rechberg laid the foundation for his fertility trackers in 1983. As his wife was suffering from the side effects of hormonal contraception, he started searching for alternatives. Convinced that computers, with the right software, could calculate the female cycle safely and reliably, he decided to develop his own method for cycle tracking. Together with experts from the fields of medicine, IT and design, he designed a device that combined a thermometer with a computer and software. Three years later, he founded Valley Electronics GmbH and launched the world's first fertility tracker: the Baby-Comp. The company’s products have been continuously developed to adapt to the needs of women, with the models Lady-Comp, Pearly, and Daysy (2014) following.

About the Company

Since its foundation in 1986, Valley Electronics GmbH, with headquarters in Murnau, Germany, has developed into an internationally operating and research medical technology company with more than 50 employees. With the research and development of fertility trackers, the family business wants to help provide women with the necessary knowledge and the means in order to know their body and cycle better, enabling self-determined decisions regarding family planning.