Start-Up End of Summer Playlist

Start-Up Summer Playlist

I’ve been noticing lines from certain songs that seem strangely applicable to entrepreneurship. Call this list a kind of distillation of rock insights into the world of the start-up. Not too great of a leap when you think about it. Rock is about audacity, freedom,individuality and a few other things not suitable for this PG-rated blog. So too, the art of the start.  I trust the embedded pearl of rock wisdom in each song will make up for any perceived deficiencies in taste.

  1. On choosing to be different—“Chose not a life of imitation”  (Can’t Stop)—Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. On being tenacious—“But I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down.”  ( I Won’t Back Down) and “Runnin’ down a dream” (Runnin’ Down a Dream)—Tom Petty 
  3. On wearing many hats—“I’m a million different people from one day to the next” (Bittersweet Symphony)—The Verve
  4. Note to my VC and Angel friends–“Won’t you come see about me?” (Don’t You Forget About Me)—Simple Minds 
  5. For my sister entrepreneurs—“Women of the future hold the big revelations” (Get On Your Boots)— U2 
  6. On being up and being down—One minute I held the key next the walls were closed on me” (Viva La Vida)—Cold Play 
  7. On the day before pitching—“24 hours to go, I wanna be sedated” (I Wanna Be Sedated)—Ramones
  8. On making valuable contacts—“If they got thunder appeal let them be on your side” (Good Times Roll)—The Cars
  9. On taking much needed breaks—“I want to get away I want to fly away”( Fly Away)—Lenny Kravitz
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About Todd O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien graduated from Bates College with a BS in biology in 1986. He then attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and graduated summa cum laude with a DPM degree in 1990. After completing a podiatric surgical residency at VAMC Palo Alto and Stanford, Dr. O’Brien was employed at Sgarlato Labs, a biomedical start-up then based in San Jose, CA. He served in a variety roles there including product developer, project manager, technical writer and sales presenter. After three years at Sgarlato Labs, he returned to the full-time practice of podiatry until founding O’Brien Medical, LLC in 1999. He has since divided his time between running a podiatry practice and developing medical products. He has successfully licensed six surgical products and holds four issued patents. Writing credits include several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, a chapter in a surgical text and a book on entrepreneurship for inventors. He is a past-president of the medical staff at Penobscot Valley Hospital as well as the Maine Podiatric Medical Association. He is a graduate of the 2012 class of the Top Gun entrepreneurship acceleration program administered by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development.