Yesterday, I watched the season premiere of HBO’s show Silicon Valley, which I highly recommend to those who have either HBO accounts or friends with HBO accounts. (I also highly recommend making friends who have HBO accounts.) The comedy show does a reasonably good job of bringing some of the absurdities of startup life to the small screen. Navigating venture capitalists, dealing with technological issues, participating in startup competitions, it all comes with the territory.
BlogThoughts from the Supply Clinic team and guest writers
Six years ago I met Stephen, a college junior from the University of Arkansas majoring in biology. We were both in Costa Rica, participating in a study abroad program focusing on tropical ecology. Despite us both having majored in biology, I continued on to become a dentist, and Stephen has pursued is lifelong passion for photography. With an immediate need for background pics, headshots, and other photos for Supply Clinic, I recently reached out to Stephen to give us a hand.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended Chicago Midwinter Dental Conference, the largest annual dental conference in the Midwest. It was the 150th such conference, and it was a supersized celebration, hosted at the McCormick Place. Hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses rented tables in the exhibition hall, trying to sell their products and services. Tens of thousands of health care professionals attended, listening to lectures, browsing the exhibition hall, and collecting everything from pillows to scalpel blade samples.
It’s about time I introduce myself. I’m Scott, the other co-founding half of this Supply Clinic team. I am the dental half, the slightly older half. Old is relative, however. I am 26 years old and not quite two years out of dental school. I graduated from Penn Dental in 2013, and have since been training in Periodontics here in Chicago. I treat patients during normal clinic hours, and work on Supply Clinic when outside my clinical setting.
It’s been a hell of a ride, and it’s just getting started.
I vividly remember that night about a year ago when my brother Scott called, venting about the dismal state of the dental supply market. He was fresh out of Penn Dental, and I was sitting in my college dining hall, working on a problem set. Scott wanted to do something about the supply market; he wanted to fix it.