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S12: #112 “The dumbest thing I'd ever done…that began the career path that I still am on today” with Dr. David E. Albert, Founder of AliveCor

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S12: #112 “The dumbest thing I'd ever done…that began the career path that I still am on today” with Dr. David E. Albert, Founder of AliveCor

Just because a career path isn't easy, doesn't mean it's not the right one.
June 9, 2021

S12: #112 “The dumbest thing I'd ever done…that began the career path that I still am on today” with Dr. David E. Albert, Founder of AliveCor

Dr. David E Albert is a physician, engineer, inventor and serial entrepreneur, and he’s the founder and Chief Medical Officer of Alivecor. Dr. Albert has developed life-saving technologies and products for more than 30 years, and he’s turned a number of those inventions into tech startups, even before it was a trendy thing to do.

Each year, over 20,000 students enrolled in medical schools across the US.

Over 600,000 businesses are started each year in the US, and nearly half fail within five years; two-thirds fail within 10 years.

So why do people who are on a path to a successful career in medicine decide to become entrepreneurs?

Dr. Albert says that “a lot of people go into medicine because it’s not very risky. And so there’s a real juxtaposition between those people who go into medicine because it’s a secure professional lifestyle, and being an entrepreneur.”

Back in January, 2011, Dr. Albert posted a four minute YouTube video showing how to turn an apple iPhone 4 into a wireless clinical quality cardiac event recorder. It’s called AliveCor, and it looked like magic. Ten years later, the AliveCor company continues to grow and expand.

Tune into this special episode as we highlight the twists of fate and deliberate decisions that shaped Dr. Albert’s career, and hear how his work and companies continue to make a lasting impact in the delivery of care.

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