Business

Business April 30, 2020 Work From Home: A Day in the Life of Melissa, our Senior Software Engineer.

We’ve been working at home for four weeks now here at Quin. All of us are gearing up for our launch later this year. Despite COVID-19 and the sudden change in our routines, we’re still excited. It’s been 5 years in the making after all. Here’s a quick glimpse of how our work routine has …

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  …

Business March 16, 2020 Our team and why we’re the right people

  There are consultants out there paid to tell you that there’s a secret sauce when it comes to building your A-team. Only a few of them would be able to get beneath the surface and tell you what good looks like because there is really no right answer. We can however, give you a …

Business Thoughts March 5, 2020 Why you should invest in a startup founded by women

Quin was founded by two women engineers. Cyndi Williams started her career as an engineer at Sun Microsystems and has 20+ years starting, growing, and leading global tech businesses. Isabella Degen is a robotics engineer specialising in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with 14 years of experience delivering complex enterprise engineering systems. That the company …

Business February 23, 2020 The resurrection of Leonard Thompson by way of insulin

And why insulin isn’t a magic wand that makes diabetes disappear. Imagine being a 14-year-old Canadian boy. Your name is Leonard Thompson. You’re unwell.  You received a diagnosis and you heard doctors discreetly tell your parents that the condition you’re living with affords you another year, maybe two. Your hungry teenage body has been put …

Business February 21, 2020 The big diabetes question my startup wants to eliminate

” Are you focused on type 1 or type 2? “ It’s a question I’m often asked in an investor conversation. It’s generally a proxy for: are you focusing on the big market, or the smaller one? But early on in our journey at Quin we decided not to constrain our thinking with types. Our starting …

Business February 13, 2020 What is equity crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is raising finance from a large number of people (aka the ‘crowd’) for a relatively small amount of money each. It is a way to finance companies, projects or ventures and uses online platforms to access thousands of potential funders. There are a few different crowdfunding models, including equity-based, reward-based, donation-based and lending-based.  With …

Business February 13, 2020 Should we accept that 85% of Healthcare apps aren’t safe? 

Confidence and quality through safety and clinical studies How can we prove to you that you’ll be 100% safe using Quin? That’s the question I try to answer every day. Your safety is literally in my job title – Head of User Safety and Compliance. It’s not an easy question. Everyone living with diabetes is …

Business January 24, 2020 My first Chinese New Year at Quin

This year marks my first Chinese New Year celebration with Quin. To celebrate, here are some fun facts.  To start with: unlike holidays such as Christmas, which follows the Gregorian calendar and therefore always falls on the 25th of every year. The date of Chinese New Year varies between January 21st and February 20th. This …

Business December 3, 2019 Leading in disruption with McKinsey

Everyday is Diabetes Awareness Day at Quin I joined Quin early last week at a time I thought would be quite exciting as it was in the midst of Diabetes Awareness Month. By day two, I quickly realised that for our team, every day is World Diabetes Day and I don’t say this lightly. You …