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Tell us about your work. What inspired you to start your business? Where did you start and where are you now?
My passion is helping people live the healthiest life possible. My team and I are building a healthcare infrastructure to empower patients to take a more active role in managing their healthcare.
What do you see for your future?
A more patient-centric healthcare industry
How large is your business? How many employees do you have?
3 employees, 8 Advisory Board Members and a community of mentors.
Tell us a success story about funding your business.
Less than a month before we started with the idea we were funded by an accelerator and then received angel investments from a physician.
What do you see as challenges for you and your business? What are some opportunities?
Breaking into the healthcare industry with new technology is certainly a challenge. However, there is an extreme need given the current state of the industry so we have received positive feedback.
Tell us a story about a success in your business or a mistake you overcame?
Our biggest success has definitely been getting the right people on board in terms of company and partnerships.
What do you love about being an entrepreneur?
The challenges to overcome that leads to growth.
What about your business matters most deeply to you? How does it engage your values?
I love that we’re breaking new grounds through innovation in healthcare, especially with me being an underrepresented woman in technology. I value innovation as well as diversity in order to create dynamic solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
What would you say is your “entrepreneurial superpower”?
Being able to manage ambiguity
Who is the entrepreneur you admire most right now? Why does s/he inspire you?
Shawn Wilkinson, CEO of Storj. He is definitely a trail-blazer while still being socially connected in sharing his experiences to promote entrepreneurship in his community.
What’s the best and the worst thing about being an entrepreneur, as a woman?
The awe on people’s faces but also the doubt that comes along with it since I do not fit the profile of a typical entrepreneur.
Do you think male entrepreneurs are “different” from female entrepreneurs, and if so, how? If not, why not?
There really isn’t a difference. Every entrepreneur starts out with a vision of initiating some variety of change that will eventually get people to pay you. This is not based on gender.
What the best advice you ever got, and from whom?
A member of my Board of Advisors, hit the nail on the head when he told me our life’s purpose is an accumulation of our experiences and it’s all just one big journey.
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