Healthcare Tech Startup Advice from “Dolphin Tank” Judges and Entrepreneurs

By | Small Business


  • Whatever your idea is, take the time to validate it, talk about it and ask the advice of the people who need your company’s services and listen to their stories. That creates a lot of valuable feedback.
  • As you grow, your customers will tell you what they want and how you need to grow.

Darren Wendroff, founder, CareSpotter

  • If you’re considering a new product or service, consult the end users and clients as centerpieces every step of the way. Without them as your partners and collaborators, you’re not going to end up with a product of any use or meaning to them. Start-up businesses should look to them as a guiding force.

Carrie Neiman, M.D., co-founder of Access Hears

  •  To enter the seniors market businesses need a true understanding of older adults and their needs. The reward for them is a huge and loyal market that poses wonderful opportunities for start-ups.

David Lindeman, PhD, director, Center for Technology in Aging at the University of California Berkeley:

  • The Baby Boomers will not go quietly into the night. This is not your father’s or your grandmother’s aging population. They want to stay active and perform as well as they can for as long as they can. So don’t give up. Fail forward quickly. Keep moving and experimenting to figure out what will work for your customers.

Alexander Bartkow, founder, Project Carbon

This story was produced with support from the Journalists in Aging Fellowships, a program of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America, sponsored by the John Hartford Foundation.

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