Danger and Opportunity

Launching and running a startup is not for the faint of heart. Danger lurks everywhere. We've been talking about this a lot lately. As things really start to lift off for us, we're increasingly conscious of the peril of missteps; there is more and more to lose by making the 'wrong' move. I've been observing how stultifying this can be.  The fear of "blowing it" as our ship leaves the port is powerful. This evening I was discussing this challenge [...]

2022-07-17T01:34:21-07:00By |Design, General, Startup|

Fundraising – UGH!

I've talked to so many other startup founders.  And I've read about yet hundreds more. One thing that everyone has in common: nobody likes fundraising for their company. Naturally so!  We all want to focus on building a cool product & making customers happy. And so it goes with us. Time Commitment There is little doubt that we spend WAAAYYYY less time and energy on raising money that most founding teams of startups that are taking the venture funding route [...]

2022-07-14T03:07:12-07:00By |Startup|

A Journey of Destinations

From the beginning of the road, our efforts have been directed at the challenges faced by those delivering care in the ER, and indirectly, their patients. This is a vastly different orientation than many technology startups. (It's instead quite common to develop exciting new technologies, and search for markets that might be interested in that tech.) So what has happened over the time that we've been focusing on "problems plaguing ER workflow," is that we've come up with a single [...]

2022-07-14T02:48:52-07:00By |Startup|

Awesome New Healthtech Startups

The healthcare industry is notoriously resistant to change.  Lots has been written about this, so we won't get into it now. I take comfort as I look around at companies that are working hard to reinvent the experience of clinical care for patients around the world.  Here are a few who's efforts are worth watching: Augmedix - these guys are taking a revolutionary approach to outsourcing an expensive process.  They equip physicians with Google Glass headsets. When the clinician is engaged [...]

2019-11-18T08:40:08-08:00By |Startup, Tech|

Healthtech Built for… People Who Care

Before I started on the QiiQ path, I was warned that achieving traction in healthtech is VERY difficult and takes a lot of patience. One savvy veteran warned that it will inevitably be a "long slog." At QiiQ, we're all of the mind that the work we do now to aim the ship, the greater the probability we'll be successful with our efforts. A common generalization: there are primarily 2 markets for the value we're seeking to build: 1) clinicians 2) administrators [...]

2019-11-18T08:42:49-08:00By |Design, Startup|

Measuring Performance in the Hospital

QiiQ was borne from a pivot - of another company called PlanetECG. We were working on a new strategy for impacting clinical competency. We were exercising some clever innovations in the training domain, yet in the process of creating our solution, we found that the market was over-saturated. And about as chaotic as could be imagined. Despite the importance of the field of clinical training, and it's relevance for the future, we had to accept that the fight to win [...]

2019-11-18T08:42:31-08:00By |Startup|
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