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Culture Thoughts April 7, 2020 Does loving humans make you naive?

And why showing love is desperately needed when building tech for better health. Using words like “human-centric” or “human-first” feels awkward these days. At least for those of us, who really believe in it. We have seen the concept vulgarised, violated and the terms overused in contexts that are at polar opposites of what it …

Culture April 1, 2020 4 ways to relieve the pressure of working from home

According to the BBC, about 1.5 million people routinely work from home – but the coronavirus pandemic has made it a much more common experience. At Quin, we’ve been working remotely for the past two weeks, and it’s been a bit of a journey!   Here are some of the things we’re trying as we …

Technology March 30, 2020 Why diversity matters when building diabetes tech

At Quin, we believe that in order to build an app that matters for people with diabetes, you must first listen to people with diabetes.    Unsurprisingly, many people without diabetes have a mainstream view of what diabetes looks like. Google search results are clinically focused and people fill in the gaps, leading to stigma …

Business March 26, 2020 Decomposing a major world health challenge

When Isabella approached me 5 years ago with her idea for turning the world of diabetes on its head, she had a very clear view that things weren’t working. With one of the biggest challenges of our lives ahead of us, we started breaking it down into some stepping stones…    Start with the people  …

Diabetes Management March 25, 2020 Relevant decisions, what are those?

My daily routine involves research to better understand the lives of people living with diabetes. For me, as someone who doesn’t live with diabetes, it’s essential to try and understand our users in order to keep them safe and provide the best app possible. I came across the following Reddit post recently:     This …

Inspiration Thoughts March 23, 2020 Why you should care about what’s happening in diabetes

People with chronic conditions – just like anyone else – navigate life dealing with stress, exercising, falling in love, getting angry, commuting, eating out and travelling etc.  And yet, little attention is paid to the expertise they develop living their lives, while managing their own condition.     Despite hundreds of research programmes that sound great …

Diabetes Management Thoughts March 20, 2020 Pancreas versus human being: the big diabetes debate

Today many companies and apps try to help people living with diabetes. These companies can follow one of two approaches: one focuses on the pancreas while the other looks at the entire person in addressing diabetes. Here at Quin we strive to learn from the pancreas approach and we pay close attention to the science …

Design March 19, 2020 Designing for Change

Since the birth of Quin in 2014, the development of our app has been carried forward by Isabella and Cyndi, our two founders. Our goal is the same today; to use science, engineering & design and help people who take insulin make the best possible self-care decisions. Naturally, as our team has grown, so has …

Technology March 18, 2020 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply To Apple Entrepreneur Camp

This Autumn, Apple invited us to attend a select cohort of women at their Apple Entrepreneur Camp. The programme aims to help female entrepreneurs improve their apps, and connect with Apple leaders and fellow women in tech. We were thrilled to be selected for such an exclusive opportunity. Soon enough, I was on a plane …

App Technology March 17, 2020 How do we go about building a great medical app?

At Quin, our goal is to help people with insulin treated diabetes get a good quality of life by helping them make the best possible self-care decisions. We also hope to be able to push the boundary of knowledge about diabetes and the endocrine system by grouping people who take similar treatments and get similar …

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