The United States is a history of fledgling enterprises building novel products and the global economy. Walmart, Google, General Motors, Apple, and Disney were all once just a crazy idea. Small businesses create jobs, wealth, secure families, and a creative outlet for self-actualized employees. They also smash technological and social paradigms and turn our lives upside down. Who can imagine life without a cellphone? Electricity? Cars? Antibiotics?
I have had the luck and pleasure of building the future for a living. Of improving healthcare for all. Early in my career I picked up the phone to a woman’s sobs. Her daughter was a fragile asthmatic, terribly reactive to cats, who had almost died the previous night. Luckily for the daughter my company had cloned the cat allergen, and the world’s leading clinician-researchers were my friends. That call has stayed with me, reminding me of my responsibility to leave the world a better place for my having walked through.