Ron Gutman starts his talk by saying that, as a child, he wanted to be a super hero. Think back, who were your heroes early in your life? Who are your heroes now. If you have difficulty answering these questions reflect on why that might be. Maybe you should be one the look out for someone in your life that can be a role model or hero for you. Also consider that someone who is looking to find a hero, may be observing you!
Why you should listen
Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap — free mobile and online apps for immediate access to relevant, reliable and trusted health answers and tips from a network of over 38,000 U.S.-licensed doctors. He’s responsible for the company’s innovation, vision and product. Before this, he foundes and led an online consumer health company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers; it was acquired in early 2009.
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Who is he?
As a graduate student at Stanford, Gutman organized and led a multidisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Business, Psychology and Law to conduct research in personalized health and to design ways to help people live healthier, happier lives. He is an angel investor and advisor to health and technology companies such as Rock Health (the first Interactive Health Incubator) and Harvard Medical School’s SMArt Initiative (“Substitutable Medical Apps, reusable technologies”). He’s the organizer of TEDxSiliconValley.
- Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? What motivated you? What hindered you? Is there still a way for you to become a hero? What is it?
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