1991 Relsys (Alcon/Spectramed) / Oracle
Dave Bajaj and I worked at Baxter. But the company had a cost cutting measure that eliminated all (or many) of the consultants. Dave bounced up. He went on to start his own biomed consulting company: Relsys. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. Actually, I think he'd been socking away money and planning for this kind of stuff all along; lessons for me about discipline and planning. At first, it was out of a spare room in his house, and I was his first employee. I helped with the demo that got him his first contract. But soon he got an office. I worked for him on a few projects and we took on some much larger companies on contracts, and won. That fearlessness and "go for it" attitude also impressed me. We got Alcon and Spectramed and a few others. It was also a big life lesson about how people you work and contacts you make can be much more significant than you realize at the time.
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What I remember is crunching in his spare bedroom and working with him regularly on each advancement/improvement. He gave me a lot of creative control (and was good like that), so the product evolved extremely quickly and we beat out some much larger competitors for the contract, that had large teams of people working on it.
This really tells it more as a story of working with Dave.