But, to the surprise of his friends and colleagues, Peck left Harvard to co-found Call9, an emergency telemedicine startup.
“It was a risky decision to leave traditional academics behind,” says Peck of his decision to go all-in on his new venture. “But I had ideas on how to improve the delivery of emergency medical care that I couldn’t put into practice in the emergency department or traditional hospital setting. In order to better serve my patients, I felt the need to strike out on my own.”
The Call9 platform was built by a team of engineers led by co-Founder XiaoSong Mu, a Stanford Computer Science graduate who turned down a position at Google and a spot in medical school to join the mission-oriented team. Call9’s product is a telemedicine platform that connects emergency and palliative care physicians to nursing home patients who would otherwise be transported to the hospital for care.
Peck’s decision certainly paid off. After being labeled one of the most impressive startups to graduate from Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 class, Peck and his team quickly closed a $10 million series A led by Index Ventures.
Known among his colleagues for his fierce work ethic and his genuine love of his patients, Peck believes the entrepreneurial life has allowed him to better achieve the goals that he had when he first began training as a physician. “I got to save lives in the emergency department regularly – but my goal with Call9 is to save lives that would otherwise just not have been saved. We’ve already been able to do this,” he says.
Peck attributes the company’s success to the tireless Call9 team, which is largely comprised of women. “Call9 is a company filled with some of the most impressive female leaders I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with,” says Peck. “As we continue to grow, we’re committed to not only putting women in positions of leadership, but also make sure that our work-model continues to provide a healthy and supportive environment for female clinicians.”
Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.
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