The IMS analysis confirmed what many of us already suspected, that there are far too many mobile health apps on the market right now, since the majority seem to be of limited usefulness or only tenuously related to health and healthcare. As MobiHealthNews reported, IMS research found that perhaps 16,275 of the 43,689 supposedly healthcare-related apps in Apple’s U.S. iTunes store had “genuine” health content for patients. In Google Play, half of the health apps listed had been downloaded fewer than 500 times each, and five apps accounted for 15 percent of all downloads of Android health apps.
Trust is what keeps things real and is the glue that keeps things together when disagreements evolve. Trust allows people to be open and honest with each other. Trust gives people freedom to take risks and make mistakes. Trust breeds loyalty. When the culture is built on personalities instead, look for people to leave at the first sign of trouble or for better opportunities or simply because they felt like it.
How does one understand the values of a potential hire? Think about the things that most matter to you and why you believe in your vision, then ask direct questions. There are no tricks or tests or obtuse analyses that need to be run. Ask people about what they value in relationships, in work, in life. Ask people about other close working relationships. Ask people about their opinions on things that are important to you as the founder and your vision. Because most people are never asked these questions, you will generally get the most unguarded and honest responses of anything else you ask in an interview. If you are feeling they are on the same deep wavelength, then chances are that you have someone that is truly a culture fit.
I’ve become pretty obsessed with jazz music recently. Not sure where the passion started, but it’s spilled over into a big time appreciation for jazz’s story and place in our country’s history. Jazz isn’t that different from a startup, really. Each person on the team has a particular special talent that they work for years to hone. Each may be impressive by themselves, but together they can come together and spark a whole different kind of magic — a magic that no playbook can spell out, a magic that takes trust, listening, and taking risk. Improvising but also returning to the original course (chorus?) if necessary. And the bandleader’s job is find not just the best individual performers, but to put together a group that can put on the best freakin’ performance night in and night out. Maybe I’m getting carried away a little, but I think it’s an apt metaphor nonetheless!