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Ask the Experts: Startup Advice

We all have great ideas about improving healthcare. But what does it take to actually implement these ideas – to turn them from a dose of midnight inspiration into a full-fledged, financially stable, investor-backed company?

On April 23, 2015, four healthcare entrepreneurs will convene to answer exactly this question at Google’s Cambridge headquarters. As part of the Medstro Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge pitch-off, Shaan Gandhi, John Henry Silva, Yiding Yu and Arshya Vahabzadeh will teach us a thing or two about savvy entrepreneurship in the digital age.

Meanwhile, they give us a small dose of this wisdom in today’s Ask the Expert post:

Shaan Gandhi

shaangandhiGandhi is a student in Harvard’s joint MBA/ MD program. He’s also the CMO of Wellable Inc., a mobile health and wellness strategy company.

What is the most important piece of advice that innovators and entrepreneurs should consider as they try to make their ideas a reality?

It’s all about ensuring that you optimize your idea across four levers of innovation: people, venue, technology and process. Make sure that you’re targeting the right people to use your product, that your product is being used in the right place – geographically or functionally, that your product is integrated into the current technology being used, and that the process or value proposition you’re focusing on is being improved by your product. Master those four aspects, and you’re well on your way to making your ideas a reality.

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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