Joe Wortmann, QuiNovas

Joe Wortmann, QuiNovas

A Take-The-Hill Guy. Assuming You Need The Hill. It’s about 9:30 in the morning local time on a Monday in March, 2006. After 20+ hours in the air, Joe Wortmann lands at the Hamburg Airport — where he takes a cab straight to the I.T. offices for Awarix’s first European customer, and starts work on a […]

Tanveer Patel, ConcertCare

Tanveer Patel, ConcertCare

Glass Ceiling? What Glass Ceiling? At the age of 19, Tanveer Patel met her husband, Maqbool, 10 days before their wedding. Two weeks later, the native of Bangalore (a coastal city in the tropical region of India) found herself in Philadelphia — where, according to Weather Underground’s archives, the temperature was 34°, and it was […]

Craig Parker, Guideway Care

Craig Parker, Guideway Care

“Every adventure has its own cycle.” Cincinnati native Craig Parker and his wife Andrea moved to Birmingham in 1999 to be near her family. Neither felt comfortable raising their children in London — where he was working for a New York law firm. He almost moved here a year earlier. “I got a call one […]

John Peinhardt, DirectorPoint

John Peinhardt, DirectorPoint

Entrepreneur by nature or nurture? Both. John Peinhardt isn’t the kind of guy who lives to impress people — as evidenced by this childhood memory: “I was the only kid at Career Day in second grade who wrote that I wanted to grow up and be a management consultant.” And where does a kid get […]

Gary York, Help Lightning

Gary York, Help Lightning

“Focus on your mission, not just ‘the business’.” Gary York still vividly remembers that moment when the foundation was laid for his future as a successful entrepreneur. It was 1997. He’d joined a startup founded by a charismatic man with a great idea for healthcare software, and his boss had just returned from a meeting […]

Mazi Rasulnia, Pack Health

Mazi Rasulnia, Pack Health

“It’s time to start feeling better.” In the United States today, some 150 million patients live with a chronic illness — which, by definition, is one lasting 3 months or more. That’s less than half our population, but the cost of treating them is nearly 85% of the nation’s total healthcare expenditure of roughly $1 […]

Jay Newman, Ugo

Jay Newman, Ugo

“The people you surround yourself with determine who you are.” Picture this: You’re a Junior at the University Of Alabama, roughly 1000 miles from your Northern New Jersey home. You’re living in the fraternity house, studying for a test and it’s after midnight. Within the space of five minutes, you get a desperate request for […]