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Ask the Experts: Startup Advice

John Henry Silva

John_Henry_Silva_Harvard (1)Silva works in New Ventures at Tufts Health Plan. He is also a Managing Partner at Genesis Capital Group, Advisor for Shanghai ReMed Life Sciences, and the Director of Development for the Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery, based at Harvard Medical School. He was previously a Secret Service agent.

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

The best way to get buy-in from corporate leadership is to show immediate return on investment. By focusing on the most costly and underserved pain points in healthcare, entrepreneurs can create real value.  There are many underserved chronic condition patient populations for entrepreneurs to address, and that can make a great impact in many lives. As your product or service gains traction through satisfied customers, you can expand the range of your offerings.

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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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