Community over competition

Last week, Rock Health hosted the 11th annual Digital Health CEO Summit, which brought together 120 leaders for a day of conversation and community. From pre-seed to post-acquisition, these founders and CEOs represented a broad cross-section of the startup community. The sentiment in the room? Woof, what a few weeks it has been. But as these leaders steer their organizations through uncertain waters, it’s clear they have the tools and insights to support themselves, their teams, their customers—and each other.  

The collective wisdom of this group resulted in many shared insights about leading in digital health. During uncertain times, CEOs become a beacon of calm or concern. As one leader put it, “be the calmest horse in the herd.” Founders discussed what it’s been like when they’ve provided too much transparency—and noted that the missing piece is often context. We also heard calls for a community mindset throughout the day, and perspectives on digital health reaching its full potential through high-value partnerships, not a winner-takes-all mentality. Finally, CEOs reminded each other: while sacrifice is part of the job, sometimes you need to put your own oxygen mask on first. Take a read through our recap of the day to learn more.

Startup leaders: are you looking for benchmarks and insights on digital health business models and financials? You’re not alone.

To help fill this data gap, Rock Health Advisory is surveying startup leaders on business models and financial benchmarks. If you’re on the executive team of a startup, we’d love for you to participate by taking the survey—all participants will receive an exclusive report of the data!


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