Tech Tuesday: Young CEO Disrupting Med Tech

In the guest chair:

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With Partha Unnava

CEO of Better Walk, Partha Unnava, joined us in the studio today to talk about better crutches and his journey to starting his own company at age 21.

Unnava founded the company as a biomedical engineering student at Georgia Tech after breaking his ankle playing basketball. He was forced to use crutches to get around and soon after realized how uncomfortable they were. The discomfort and inconvenience inspired him to try and come up with a solution to this problem. The solution: a crutch that is engineered to support your arms without pain and be close to your body to provide stability.

Partha was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by the Georgia Tech biomedical engineering department, the TiECON Southeast 2014 Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was chosen to meet President Obama at the 2014 White House Maker Faire.

Notable Quotes:

“Everyone I talked to that had used crutches complained about pain in their arm pits.”-Partha Unnava

“There is a study that says it takes twice as much energy to use crutches as it does to walk.”-Partha Unnava

“The coolest part about the crutch is you’re stable and you can’t put any pressure on your arm pit.”-Partha Unnava

“It was extremely exciting sitting next to Will i Am and Bill Nye at the White House.”-Partha Unnava

“We’ve already had a lot of orthopedic surgeons already want to buy Better Walk Crutches.”-Partha Unnava

“Banana Republic is creating Startup Guy fashion and wardrobe. Um… what about Startup Gal – AND I’m not a fan of the shorts suit”-Dana Barrett

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Please join us for The Dana Barrett Show Book Club!  Our first meeting will be August 4th at South City Kitchen Vinings and our first book pick is THE AGE OF CONTEXT by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.  Click here for more information: http://www.meetup.com/DBShow/

 

By | 2014-07-22T18:49:28+00:00 July 22nd, 2014|Show Notes|1 Comment

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