Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Vish Ramakrishnan, Founder and CEO of CogniFrame Inc., located in Toronto, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

CogniFrame offers hybrid quantum solutions covering optimization, machine learning, and simulations via its patent-pending FirstQ Store, the world's first plug-and-play store cum infrastructure for quantum that hosts Toshiba SQBM+ and Gate Computing Infrastructure. It currently serves the health care and financial verticals with further expansions planned for the future. CogniFrame is working with large financial institutions, healthcare research organizations, and public sector institutions to address use cases in finance, drug discovery, medical imaging, and machine learning, among others. CogniFrame is a founding member of Quantum Industry Canada.

Tell us about yourself

I founded CogniFrame in 2016. I am a former senior banker (HSBC, Scotiabank, etc.) and was VP and Officer on the Board of Emergis Technologies Inc. USA. As a risk taker who has been an entrepreneur since 2006, I enjoy the challenges and satisfaction of building a new business from the ground up, working with ambiguity, and establishing product-market fit. I enjoy the challenges and satisfaction that come from running a start-up.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Building a great team of professionals, bringing on large customers, and establishing CogniFrame as a serious player in the Quantum space would be the major achievements.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Working with ambiguity is both challenging and rewarding. In a space like Quantum, everything is new, and things change daily. Staying nimble to take advantage of opportunities is critical.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Research everything before you do it. Be very persistent. Have self-belief and back yourself to succeed.

Where can people find you and your business?


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