Luckily we did not have to go to the doctor’s to find out about WellSheet, instead we met up with Aída (‘19 AB Computer Science) and Lucas (‘20 AB Computer Science).
WellSheet is a web app used by doctors at the point of care to automate the organization and prioritization of patient data. The app uses a proprietary machine learning algorithm to optimize the most important medications/labs/images etc to a patient based on the different conditions that person has. Essentially, the app automates the clerical work doctor’s hate doing and are inefficient at.
What are 1-2 big take-aways you have from your experience this summer?
Lucas: I didn’t realize how much work in a start up was just related to developing the business side. I always thought the majority of the work was in the product, but in reality Craig (CEO) works harder than anyone at WellSheet and he doesn’t even touch the product.
If you could recommend one place to eat and one thing to do in NYC, what would it be and why?
Aída: The Bao on St. Marks has amazing soup dumplings. There are generally a bunch of cool places to eat on the lower east side. There are a ton of museums in NYC (specifically outside of Manhattan) that are under the radar and really great, like the Noguchi Museum and Museum of Moving Image in Queens.
Lucas: To grab something to eat I would say Dos Toros. It is like Chipotle but better. For something to do, it is very pleasant in the summer biking through Central Park and walking around the reservoir.
What is one thing you didn’t expect to learn this summer?
Aída: I ended up learning a lot about machine learning, thanks to the main analytics person at our company who spent a lot of time working through training simple models with me. I also learned a lot about the importance of having a processes like sprint cycles to keep employees accountable and the company on track.
How do you define a startup, and how has your definition changed after this summer?
Aída: This question came up a few times throughout the summer, and I don’t think I ever settled on a firm definition. After having worked at Wellsheet, I would say a startup is defined by its ability to change and evolve in response to feedback from users, investors, etc. While this isn’t a true definition, I feel that that flexibility is what differentiates a startup from larger companies with a more rigid structure.