Hi 👋 I'm Sam, the founder of MobileMSK.
I'm also a medical student pursuing a combined career in clinical medicine and innovation. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy training for endurance sports and skiing. I also love movies, music, hanging out with my family, and playing with our dog, Bode.
I have always had an interest in technology entrepreneurship, but I view clinical medicine as a safer and more sustainable path to success as well as making a positive difference in my community. In 2015, I had my first of two surgeries for recurrent shoulder dislocations which kicked off a 5-year journey of rehabilitation, as well as a deeper commitment to health and wellness. I was also exposed to telemedicine and explored the idea for virtual physical therapy which has become really popular.
When I was accepted into medical school in 2020, I immediately wanted to defer my matriculation for 1 year to break into the Venture Capital space to see if I could leverage some of my ideas to build a foundation for a combined career in medicine and entrepreneurship. However, I lost confidence in my ability to find an opportunity due to the circumstances surrounding COVID and graduating with a really limited network out of rural MN.
During my first year of medical school, I continued to network and do research in my free time. I also started to look into forming a digital health startup to expand the capabilities of healthcare software, starting with the musculoskeletal space and going deeper than virtual PT. Ultimately, I realized a major opportunity with back pain (high prevalence, top expense category, crossover to general medicine/wellness) and digital health funding was soaring. I stepped away from the MD program to see how far I could push the startup in 12 months. My "big hairy audacious goal" was that I could get some initial pre-seed funding, set a strong trajectory, and sell out to a management team (large corporation, venture studio, larger startup, etc.) while I phased into an advisory role and focused on medical school again.
Without trying too hard, I learned that investors don't like to write checks for medical students (unless they're really committed to dropping out of school). I took a bunch of odd jobs, continued to work on the startup in my free time, and did get pretty close to the venture studio thing.
MobileMSK is still going - Our team includes several students (or recent grads) working "casual" operational roles + professional advisors.
Chief Product Officer, Apurv Sibal, has a strong background in data science, machine learning, and asset management. Apurv brings a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen to the MobileMSK team.
Prior to joining MobileMSK, Apurv held various leadership positions at ShortHills Tech, WorldQuant Predictive, and CallE. As a consultant and data scientist, he leveraged his skills in Python programming language to develop innovative solutions for clients across industries.
Apurv also has a passion for community development and sustainability. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Development and Sustainability Organization (CDS) in Kenya and has volunteered his time as a swimming coach for the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh.
Apurv holds a Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he served as the President of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell and published 7 research papers.
As the Chief Product Officer of MobileMSK, Apurv is dedicated to driving innovation and delivering high-quality products that improve patient outcomes and advance the field of healthcare technology. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, playing water polo, and hosting "The Product Life" podcast on Spotify and YouTube.
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