Pop Quiz, Monday with Bryan Marascalchi, Founder and CEO

Photo credit: Bryan Marascalchi
The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?

Bryan Marascalchi

What is your job role?

Founder and CEO

Tell us about your company?

As an anesthesiology resident, I witnessed the mortality and morbidity caused by bag valve masks and responded by pursuing the research and development necessary to solve this problem. This has culminated in the event of a medical device. I am now the founder and CEO of Pneumico (pneumico.com) which will produce this compact electronic monitor. The monitor can attach to any bag valve mask and ensure guideline specific parameters set by the American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) are met, making sure that lifesaving intervention doesn’t end up creating lifelong problems. Allowing the responders to know they are in the safe zone. Also, by giving timely, objective feedback to trainees, we aim to provide them with the skills to build their confidence and readiness to act. With the support of TEDCO a local Maryland accelerator along with the support of biomedical engineers, FDA regulatory consultants, Carey Business school, and many other local Maryland resources and companies we have begun early-stage commercialization.

What do you love most about your job?

My job allows me to fulfill my enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, advancing current knowledge, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Specifically, I enjoy combining my experiences in healthcare technology, quality improvement, physician and patient advocacy and large data management and analysis to advance our current knowledge within the field of medicine.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?

As a physician, inventor, and researcher, I have the honor of finding ways to solve the everyday problems that make leading a healthy life for sick patients so hard. It’s a rewarding and humbling experience being a physician, and no words are needed to explain why I’m motivated to do so.

How do your co-workers inspire you?

I try to share my ideas with anyone who will listen. My co-workers are brilliant, and any idea whether its where to go for dinner or how can I solve a problem is vastly improved after I share it with them.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?

I Laugh, tell stories, check in with everyone I see. In general, try actually to have fun at work, and enjoy myself.

What are some of the challenges of your job?

The typical startup challenges: funding sources, proving your idea to others, de-risking the endeavor, etc. However, at the end of the day it’s fun, and once you get the ball rolling, it gets easier and easier.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?

When you don’t know where to go next on a project start reaching out to the various stakeholders. Whenever I am stuck, I try to meet with as many people as possible to gain their feedback, support, and often new opportunities open up.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?

Spend time becoming a specialist in an area that interests you and you’re best at. Through the process you may find that you’ve set yourself apart, were able to innovate, or rise to the top.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web: