Driven: How Did I Get Here
About This Show
The Driven: How Did I Get Here podcast explores the unconventional path to leadership. Host Justin Gray talks to some of today's most badass leaders about how they arrived where they are today. Discover how they overcame obstacles, navigated the detours, and
learned to trust the journey.
Most Recent Episode
Reaching for the Stars: One Entrepreneur’s Quest to Stop the Spread of Illness
On the latest episode of Driven: How Did I Get Here?, host Justin Gray welcomes Inder Singh, Founder and CEO of Kinsa. Justin gets the scoop on Inder’s quest to become an astronaut, his work at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and his mission as an entrepreneur to help track and stop the spread of illness. Can you give us a background on Kinsa? I started the organization five years ago with a mission to create a real-time map of human health to help track and thereby curb the spread of disease. I'm a big believer that the biggest problem in health care globally, that we have a shot at addressing in our lifetime, is curbing the spread of infectious illness, whether that is the Flu or Ebola or Zika or AIDS, TB, Malaria, or food-borne illness, or pneumonia. At its core, Kinsa is an information gathering system. We try to understand where and when illness is spreading. To do that, we re-imagine the very first product that a person turns to when they fall ill - the thermometer. Our product doesn't just give you a number read out. It's essentially a health support system that coaches a parent, helps them understand how to respond to symptoms, what medications to take, when to call the doctor, and connects you to those resources. We've essentially proven that we have the ground-truth understanding of where and when illness is spreading and now we're starting to leverage that data to impact health. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an astronaut. Every single thing I ever did from the age of three and a half to about the age of 22 was dedicated to this pursuit. I learned to fly planes when I was 16. You name the science or math competition, and I was involved in it. I studied the martial arts from the age of four to about 20 because I learned that you had to have physical stamina for space. I went to the University of Michigan for one primary reason, and that's because three of the nine astronauts that have been on the moon graduated from the University of Michigan. What was the tur