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Last week we launched a brand new program for startup companies who had previously presented at 1 Million Cups, the Kauffman Foundation's weekly educational program that features two local startups presenting to the community over coffee. This new effort, launched with the folks at Dream Big America, will continue to put a spotlight on startup companies from throughout the country.
eMed caught up with the Orpyx co-founder and CEO last week at MedCity CONVERGE to get her insights on approaching heavy hitters, finding employees who will thrive, and striking the balance between passion and objectivity.
Orpyx co-founder and CEO shares her insights on approaching heavy hitters, finding employees who will thrive, and striking the balance between passion and objectivity.
At MedCity CONVERGE, a national, executive-level summit on healthcare innovation in Philadelphia last week, stakeholders from the business community, government, and health insurers provided a glimpse into new opportunities for life science and digital health entrepreneurs.
At MedCity CONVERGE, a national, executive-level summit on healthcare innovation in Philadelphia this week, eMed sat down with the Kauffman Foundation's Dominique Pahud to discuss access for entrepreneurs.
When we think about the startup life we're often occupied with visions of long days and late nights in the office and the all consuming passion that overtakes a life as someone takes a vision and turns it into reality. An entrepreneur certainly has many things that can easily engulf his or her life as they balance product creation, customer development, hiring, sales and financing, to name but a few. But what about the other side of the life equation? Entrepreneurs have families, friends, spouses, and partners who play an important role.
"If you truly believe in the potential of your company to change the world for the better, there’s no excuse for settling for an acquisition."
I was reading through this month's Inc. magazine earlier when this quote caught my eye. My first thought was to challenge the notion. There are specific occasions when an acquisition is exactly what a company needs to move forward or to move on. This is just how things work, but the bold words sparked my interest enough to turn the page. I flipped to Issie Lapowsky’s feature with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick. Lodwick was fired a year and a half after selling Connected Ventures, the parent company of Vimeo and College Humor, to InterActive Corp, an Internet company that owns the likes of match.com, Urbanspoon, and dictionary.com. After the acquisition, he felt stripped of his creativity. Where innovation once dwelled, process was introduced. Lodwick was fired a week and a half before he planned to quit. This experience backs his words of advice to entrepreneurs who think an acquisition means nothing will change within the mission of an organization. Lodwick bitterly states that "in fact the mission was lost, and everything will change."
MedCity CONVERGE, a national summit on healthcare innovation, kicked off Tuesday in Philadelphia with insights from pharma, insurance, health systems, and more.
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