1. Why Suvera? What inspired its creation?
Suvera is the mobile-first experience that makes it easy for people to manage their medications. Inspiration came from our frustration of watching patients struggle time and time again to take their medications. Knowing how much smartphones support our decisions and everyday activities, we thought why not build an experience that allows an individual’s phone to help them manage their medications.
2. You study medicine and you’re halfway through your course. At times I’m sure everything can be overwhelming, how do you keep on track with your degree and everything you’re working on outside of university?
I ask myself the same question all the time! For me, what makes it easier to manage Suvera alongside my medical degree is understanding the value of what we are doing if we get it right! As students our job is to learn. We have so much more time than we think. So I try to use my time as best as I can and learn as much as I can by doing things in real-life. Life, after all, is the best teacher there is!
NUGGET OF WISDOM: As students our job is to learn. We have so much more time than we think.
3. Whilst developing Suvera, what lesson have you been most grateful for?
I’ve been grateful for the lesson that you can never completely know what is the right direction for a product. And that’s ok! I’ve learnt that what’s more important is to optimise for constant learning rather than getting the ‘right’ results. The right results aren’t immediately possible, what is possible is creating an environment that allows you to get to the right results eventually.
4. What tips would you give to students who are still pondering whether to implement that idea or start that new business?
Do it! Do it! Stop waiting for someone to say you have a good idea. It may never happen. Even if it does, that person might be completely incorrect. You might actually have a crap idea. So just do it! Crap idea or not. Get started! You’ll find out pretty soon how decent your idea is. Think of the most minimum way with which you can test your idea and make it happen. Whether or not someone else has tried it – that’s irrelevant. The key is to keep learning about whether your idea is useful to people. Does someone find value from what you are trying to build? If they do, keep doing it, make it better and provide more value to more people.
The key is to keeping learning about whether your idea is useful to people. Does someone find value from what you are trying to build?
5. You’re doing so many exciting things and I’m sure this is only the beginning for you. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I love this question. In 5 years I see myself finishing my medical degree and running Suvera full time. We have so much potential. And I know we can build a fantastic team of individuals in order to build an awesome product for the world. I’m learning that whilst we are young, this is the time when we should make the riskiest decisions about the things we believe in. Running a startup is risky, but I believe in the vision of Suvera with all my heart.
"If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually', just do it and correct course along the way." - Tim Ferriss
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