What happens when you run a tech company for 7 years

Calvin Gee
Jul 19, 2017 · 4 min read
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Project with Microsoft, Chevrolet, and Rush Soccer helping orphans in Arusha, Tanzania — Photo credit: Ryan Doyle of Video Vision 360

TL;DR — I ran a tech company for 7 years, made a bunch of seemingly unrelated pivots (including working with President Obama *kinda* and NFL legends such as Charles Woodson *truly*), went to Africa with Microsoft & Chevrolet, and am re-launching the business together with 9+ other companies all at once, all within 2 months.


Today we are re-launching INSILICO, a health tech company turned venture development firm. Below you can find the letter I wrote describing the how and why of this company restructuring. But really, I want to take this opportunity to stop and reflect on what an amazing 7 years it has been running a tech company, the challenges along the way, and share some of the adventures we’ve had. So if you’re curious about my own personal take on what it takes to run a tech company, or any company for that matter, take a look at how we got our origins and see the journey that has taken us to this point.

Letter

What Happens To Your Original Idea In 7 Years

For those of you who don’t know, INSILICO, started off as a health tech company to build applications to better diagnose and treat autism. I was inspired by the charity work I had done with families affected by autism when I was just starting college.

While attending the University of Michigan, I originally planned on becoming a doctor. But, my passion for business and technology pushed me to see how I could affect even more lives outside of medicine. That’s when I changed my major, dropped medicine, and decided to become an entrepreneur.

Here’s the product of that inspiration years later:

Recap of INSILICO’s efforts to impact families affected by autism
Our autism apps that we originally designed our company around

Pivots

Here’s a montage of a few other projects we worked on aside from applications in the autism space, and where our company went in those 7 years.

Conventional wisdom says avoid distractions and stay laser focused. True for your business, false for self growth and adventure. Maybe our company would be different had we followed conventional wisdom, but was it a fun ride.

Conclusion

As you can see, where you start and where you end up will most likely be vastly different than what you expect. Challenges, hardships, growth, and change are just a few of the things you’ll encounter. And if you’re lucky, you’ll still be in business 7 years later, but with much more experience and knowledge.

We’re taking that experience and knowledge and helping others build ventures through the re-launch of INSILICO. But we’re also focused on our own internal companies as well. Check out www.madeinsilico.com to see what we’re about!

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