1. When did you join the Segmed team and what were you doing prior to joining?
I have been with Segmed from the beginning. However, during the first few years I was still working at Stanford, where I did research on cardiovascular imaging at the Department of Radiology. In April 2022 I joined the team full time!
2. What is your role at Segmed and what does your day to day look like?
I am the CEO, which at an early stage startup like ours means that I’m spending a lot of time talking to investors. I’m also focusing on strategic decision making and making sure that we are reaching our company goals. Additionally, I take care of our Bytes of Innovation webinar, where we invite key opinion leaders and talk about the future of medicine. On a typical day, I take care of my son in the morning and bike with him to daycare. Most of the day I have meetings: internally with our team members, and externally with investors, advisors, and customers. I also like to interview new potential candidates for our open positions. Late in the afternoon and early evening I have family time blocked to have dinner and bring our son to bed. After that, I prepare meetings for the next day, respond to emails, and do other work. Usually I end my day on the couch with my wife watching some Netflix episodes.
3. Can you share what you enjoy most about being on the team?
I enjoy working with smart and motivated people. Most of my career, I’ve worked at academic institutions, where things move much slower than at a fast-paced startup like Segmed. It’s great to see how quickly we can get things done!
4. What is a fun fact about you no one knows?
I got almost kicked out of high school for creating a video game where teachers were fighting each other. My friends and I had to show up to the school principal due to multiple complaints from teachers. We showed the game to the principal and he liked it so much that he allowed us to promote and sell the game. The video game made it to national tv and we sold hundreds of copies.
5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Bread and cheese. I was raised in The Netherlands eating bread and cheese every day for breakfast and lunch, and that’s what I still do!
6. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family, running, biking, surfing, playing soccer, and photography.