Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in healthcare but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Paul Julius, Co-Founder and CEO of Thread Health, located in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Thread Health delivers virtual primary care, urgent care, and health education for teens, twentysomethings, and their parents, primarily through text. Here is the reasoning - teens spend eight hours a day on their phones, texts have a 98 percent open rate, and parents need a better/accessible solution to health care as they prep their kids for adulthood.
Thread Health lowers communication barriers through text that prevents common conditions from being solved quickly (ex., cold, acne), health risks from being addressed (ex., nutrition, family history), and health education of patients/parents. Text is significantly cheaper and more convenient than video visits/in-person visits and is also searchable, reference-able, and secure.
Tell us about yourself
I am a father of two, and I have a long history in digital health. I wanted to build something that could directly benefit my kids.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Thread Health is the first platform where a teen can seamlessly connect with a doctor over text.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Managing your time and prioritizing.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Do something you believe in.
- Expect your product to be different than your initial vision.
- Talk to potential customers early.
Where can people find you and your business?
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