do NOT get an md degree. it is useless. in this era of corporate driven health care that is mass produced, physicians are glorified trades workers. Real impact in the tech of health care is done by engineers. Being a physician does not allow you to implement anything in the current medicolegal climate. And understanding the reality of health care delivery does not require an md degree. Witness all the lawyers pursuing suits for many of the tech advancements of yesteryear-artificial hips, slings, implants-not to mention medications.
Future development of health tech will get hamstrung by the same sort of thing except it will be driven by cyber failures and privacy violations. Physicians will remain the fall guy for any product failure. Better to get a phd in a product that has major health implications-for example, develop a sensor for blood sugar that is non invasive, develop an algorithm and an app that predicts MI and cardiac disease for an individual. etc.
We are currently importing our physicians because other countries produce them so cheaply (just like software engineers). And we pay them a fraction of what medical school tuition accumulates to.
Europe is ass-backwards in some sense.. they need to take more risks and foster a risk taking community.. It has a lot of pluses, but many minuses.. Every young person from the continent typically moves to London to work and make their money.
Also, about mobile.. Europe has had mobile for a lot longer than the US.. yet it takes Apple releasing the iPhone to begin to unleash its true power??
Interestingly some of the biggest investors in the tech boom and the housing bubble were UK and European institutions.. So the money is there.. it just needs to be redirected locally...
dudes! why you ask if you have to move to silicon valley?? That is such the wrong question! The reason is because they invest in people that say, hey, you know what, I'm going to put webcams on my head and broadcast it to the world!! I mean, if that works so will any other "conventional" silly idea... just make something that didn't work so well in version 1.0 and make it social or 2.0ize it.
Justin.tv is the youtube of the future.. Name one VC outside of Silicon Valley that would have invested in that? When I first heard about it I thought.. man that'll never work... I was so wrong! It's a webcam, on his head, that simple.
Imagine being a VC and getting this biz plan:
1) put webcam on head and broadbast to world.
I guarantee you that nobody probably knew (even the VC) how the hell they would make money at it..
or take a holiday there and aggressively pitch.. Also there is no funding minimum for instance for a US E2 visa.. but as the article suggests to me, the ycombinator startup fund might not be enough..
Also consider the following, the std. angel investment is $12k from ycombinator. That gives you 3 months, which is also about the minimum amount of time you can arrive on tourist visa.
Can you take that to get up and running and then move to silicon valley? If your idea is promising then you seem to be ok.. It doesn't seem that reality gets in the way here, either by immigration policy or the details of a ycombinator investment.
The theory is that the market will grow and/or you will
exhibit exponential growth. Take for example Google which is valued by the outstanding shares value (market cap) which is driven mostly by public perception of market growth and Google's operation with respect to real and perceived growth..
So apply this to your startup.. get VCs to bid on it.. If you have revenues then you can go to a bank and
see what type of credit line your business qualifies for.
But since most startups don't have revenue then you really don't know.
Essentially your initial idea is worth $0... this is why angel investors are nice to have. They make the first real