Investor insights: using checklists to improve returns

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Last week one of the medtech CEOs I work with recommended a book: “The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right” by Atul Gawande. I was intrigued by his 2 minute summary on a tube ride in London – depicting … Continue reading

The myth of the big score

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“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” Zen proverb The big score.  The end-goal that seemingly attracts so many individuals in the pursuit of what they do. Within medtech I come across stories of entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Going to bat for your friends

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It’s January 2013. I’m in San Francisco for the annual JPM Healthcare conference, just before starting a run of meetings over several days. I’m sitting in my hotel room by Fisherman’s Wharf and Hall & Oates are playing on the … Continue reading

Boards of directors: What do medtech entrepreneurs need to know?

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While working with emerging medtech companies, I usually report directly to the CEO (usually an entrepreneur) and in turn, the board of directors. This got me thinking: (i) What are the responsibilities and duties of board directors? and (ii) What … Continue reading

What’s your medtech go to market strategy?

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As a medtech entrepreneur, it’s often fun and tempting to focus on your neat technology, how many people you’ll help one day and the development process. But somewhere along the way, you have to figure out how you’re going to … Continue reading

Exit strategies for medical devices

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You’re a medical devices entrepreneur. Your emerging company is developing new technology that will revolutionize the status quo. What’s your exit strategy? As a medical devices entrepreneur you have to keep your eyes on multiple balls at once. Everything from … Continue reading

Medtech entrepreneurs: What do investors want?

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This week I attended the 15th MedTech Investing Europe conference, in London. Around 35 fascinating companies presented or attended, looking for levels of investment ranging from £500k to £15 million. Two of the panels concentrated on investors – both VC … Continue reading

What makes a billion dollar medical devices man?

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How do you know if you’re cut out to be a medical devices entrepreneur? While thinking about this question I came across the enlightening and fascinating story of Alfred Mann. Alfred Mann is a serial entrepreneur who has founded a … Continue reading

Positive VC investment trend in Medical Devices

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Medical devices investment in US from VC amounted to $700 million spread over 84 deals in Q2. Last quarter, investment was $686 million over 72 deals. What has investment has been like historically in medical devices? Long-term trends are encouraging. … Continue reading

6 ways to incentivize your medtech team

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When working to build an entrepreneurial medtech venture, life can be an emotional and exciting rollercoaster. As an entrepreneur, one of your biggest jobs is to build a team that performs. How do you keep your team motivated? As I … Continue reading