Purpose Driven Innovator: Alan Blaustein

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, “the purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be  honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”AlanBlaustein I have a friend whom Emerson would be pleased with and his name is Alan Blaustein; he has a big presence, when he walks into a room people notice, they listen, and before long they want to start a company. Why? He has an innovation story. He also has a patient story. In 2005 he was diagnosed with thymic cancer and experienced first-hand the inefficiencies of the healthcare system to a degree that compelled him to launch CarePlanners with his business partner, Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

There are many reasons why CarePlanners will be successful, but the main reason is because the founders have a well-defined mindset:
  • They challenge orthodoxies. The founders understand the unmet needs of healthcare consumers and question the rules of the industry.
  • Purposeful innovation  is their driver. They are determined to make innovation happen by openly seeking others opinions and knowledge, sharing their vision, and leveraging a sense of urgency.
  • They have created a unique and focused culture. Check out their manifesto – they have implemented a No BS culture – cool, right?
  • Experience. Alan is a hurdler, but that’s an easy one to figure out. They have a combination of deep medical, entrepreneurial, and legal expertise.
There is nothing random about their team, what they do, or their next move. These observations are just starters – there are many reasons why CarePlanners will make it, but take a listen and come up with your own reasons!
Big Thanks to Drew Marshall, the innovators go to guy &  Skarzynski, Peter; Gibson, Rowan (2008-03-18).
Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company
Innovates. Perseus Books Group.