10 Reasons Doctors Make Great Entrepreneurs
Article by Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905170256-955834-10-reasons-doctors-make-great-entrepreneurs

My response to his article.

Hi Arlen,
I really enjoyed reading your article. Very well stated and I agree that physicians have the genetics and training to be great guides in healthcare innovation. The unfortunate reality is that currently doctors are working triple time and can’t do both; clinician and startup CEO. They can find great intellectual stimulation from ideation and invention. This is not enough!

Physicians with great ideas need a pathway to protecting the IP, building a team, forming a company, self funding the early phases. They must have financial skin In the game. They should be advised to team up with an experienced team. Great corporate attorneys are a must as is a part time CFO. Determining proper regulatory guidance with FDA, CE mark and reimbursement pathways.

Then consultants to help refine executive summaries, business plans and investor pitches. Raising funding is a full time job! Presenting to Angel investors, VCs or strategic partners.

Exciting but a difficult ride. A doctor can not both be a clinician and a startup CEO. I know because I tried and failed. I sold my clinical practice 6 years ago and have devoted my full time to healthcare innovation and guiding startup CEOs. I am the managing director of http://Venture-Med.com

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