An emergency room physician for the past 12 years, Dr. Robert Mittendorff signed up with Norwest Venture Partners eight years back as a healthcare financier; the firm invests in a number of healthcare startups, consisting of Talkspace, which raised a$50 million Series D last year, andTigerConnect. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, Mittendorff is spending his weekdays with portfolio business and weekends dealing with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. While he notes that his medical coworkers are”bearing the force”of the pandemic by working full-time, we wanted to speak with somebody who has a foot in both the healthcare and the investing world today. In this interview, he discusses what he’s gained from both roles, how it has actually affected his healthcare financial investments, and uses his forecasts concerning which business will fare the very best in
the future. This interview has actually been modified for length and clarity. TechCrunch: How did you get to where you are today? Dr. Robert Mittendorff: So, my journey to being an investor at Norwest and purchasing
healthcare companies along with an emergency situation doctor was actually a parallel set of paths that overlapped which cross every once in a while and now
generally on a daily basis. I began life as a biomedical engineer truly concentrated on wanting to be on the side of development and on the development of technologies to assist human health. I knew early on that I wanted to be on the business side [of that], but it was very important for me
to understand and really be deeply in touch with what it resembled to be a provider. The journey began going to engineering school, medical school, and then company school in the middle of medical school. I trained at Stanford, which actually exposed me to county healthcare facilities, which are most likely going to be the more challenging circumstances as the weeks go on here, and then to Kaiser Permanente. And then, obviously, Stanford, I was exposed to San Francisco General and then the Santa Clara Valley Health Center. I constantly practice part-time following up so it’s been 12 years as an attending, practicing part-time as an emergency situation doctor. In the venture space I saw an opportunity to actually help choose markets and business owners to grow them to a higher impact state. Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.