What does it take to become a world leader in the health tech space? Cities around the world, and even entire countries, are battling for the chance to be the digital health capital of the world. In addition to Silicon Valley, there are the usual suspects of Boston and San Diego, and we also have some up-and-comers such as Denver with people like Mike Biselli and many others leading the charge. There's Chicago with organizations like Matter, and cities in the south like Atlanta leveraging their strong corporate base. In Europe you have London, Barcelona, Naples, Helsinki. And even entire countries like Israel and Estonia are working to make themselves the premier destination for investors, startups and health tech innovation. And that’s without going further east to China, Japan and other Asia-pac countries.
So you can imagine my interest when I had a chance to speak to one of the leaders who has entered this fight – and yes, I do mean fight, because if you think that this competition to lead the world toward healthier lives and longer lifespans is anything other than an all out brawl – you have another thing coming.
My guest today is Christian Seale, he’s the founder and general partner of Startupbootcamp in Miami. He’s also the Founding Partner of NextGen Venture Partners, he’s a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and a mentor at Mass Challenge. Christian is working to make Miami the top destination for companies working to access the Americas – North, South and Latin America. You may be asking, why Miami? The home of Crockett and Tubbs? The playground of the rich and famous? The scene of a terrible but popular song by Vanilla Ice? And now, the destination for digital companies? Seem impossible? Christian tells us exactly why this city is so popular for innovators with big ideas, and it isn’t about the beaches. There’s plenty of success to point to, and some companies you probably didn’t realize that are based right there.
Christian and I recorded this interview in person, which is something I don’t do very often (we normally do interviews over Skype) – which gave me an opportunity to see the area and it's thriving innovation community. We also had the chance to hear about a program that he’s working on to help promote prenatal health for pregnant women. The program is called Square Roots and Christian explains how they are working to make cities, countries and companies better and healthier places to be carrying a child.
- What sets Miami apart and make it a great destination for health startups and investors
- The experiences that inspired Christian to focus on health care
- How Startupbootcamp Miami is helping digital health startups
- The importance of perseverance and tenacity in startups and their founders
- How the Square Roots program is helping cities, countries and corporations create healthy environments for pregnant women
Links and Resources Mentioned
- Christian Seale on Twitter
- Christian Seale on LinkedIn
- Learn more about Startupbootcamp for Digital Health in Miami
- StartupBootcamp on Twitter
- StartupBootcamp on Facebook
- Square Roots Birthmark Program
- Digital Health Events
- Dan Kendall on Twitter @ HealthTechDan
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Lightning Round Answers
1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
“Be outstanding, and nothing less.” ~ Christian Seale
“Play full out in everything you do in life.” ~ Christian Seale
2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
Customer Demand – Go talk to an actual customer, make sure before you build anything that you have someone who is willing to pay for it.
3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?
Christian gave three – Download one for free on Audible using our Affiliate link here
“Principles” by Ray Dalio
4- What’s a technology that you recommend to the listeners?
5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
A: Products that impact life flow and touch the life of the patient. Companies that users can access and download without prescription
B: Companies that are looking after underserved populations and taking models that worked in lower income and tougher patient populations and making it work in America.
6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
Questbridge – QuestBridge is a powerful platform that connects the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Kendall is the managing editor and host of Digital Health Today where he dives into the leading innovators and latest innovations that are transforming and improving health and wellness. Dan has over 20 years experience working in medical technology, mobile and cloud computing, and telecommunications, and has worked with public and private companies to create, market and grow innovative and sustainable businesses. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.