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Jeff Chang From Doblet Shares His Startup’s Vision to Build a Mobile Power Network So You Can Charge Your Phone From Anywhere

Jeff Chang From Doblet Shares His Startup’s Vision to Build a Mobile Power Network So You Can Charge Your Phone From Anywhere

On today’s episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Jeff Chang about entrepreneurship and how he built Doblet. Jeff shares valuable insights on founder communication and the importance of energy when building a startup.

Jeff is co-founder and CTO of Doblet, a YC startup that’s building a mobile power network so that you can charge your phone anywhere. Since the recording of this episode, Jeff started a new startup which builds software for radiologists, called Rad AI. He’s got a bit of an unusual background — musculoskeletal MRI fellowship-trained radiologist, graduate studies in machine learning, MBA, prior work in VC and PE, college at age 13, second youngest US doctor on record at age 20, and now working on hardware in San Francisco. Jeff is a startup advisor for Petnet, a member of the Space Angels Network, and has invested in half a dozen promising startups.

Some Questions Kreig Asks Jeff:

– At what point did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? (4:46)
– At what point did you decide to take all the knowledge that you have to go and start something? (5:30)
– Tell us a story of failure that looking back turned out to be a blessing (6:22)
– What was it like to be a founder of a startup, to build up a sales team, and then have to let go of your sales team? (7:49)
– What is the single most important ingredient for a founder when you’re starting a company that you want to see in every startup you invest in? (10:45)
– Can you give us some tips on how you make sure you wake up with enough energy to accomplish as much as you can on your todo list? (12:07)
– What drives you personally to have accomplished all of these things? (13:26)
– How does Doblet generate revenue today or how does Doblet plan to generate revenue in the future? (19:47)
– How would you go about building a business slowly without any outside investment? (21:41)
– How should someone who is not in Silicon Valley think about building a startup and getting if off the ground quickly? (23:24)
– What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to day one of working on your company? (25:26)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

– About Jeff’s background and how he started Doblet (2:22)
– Why it’s hard to figure out what business to start (5:36)
– Why it’s sometimes a good thing for startups to get close to running out of money (6:36)
– About Jeff’s experience of having to let go of his sales team (8:02)
– That founder issues is one of the main reasons startups fail and the importance of founder communication (8:53)
– How determination trumps intelligence when building a startup (10:58)
– The importance of energy when building a startup (11:24)
– Why you need to make sure to get enough sleep, work out, and eat clean even if you feel like you don’t have the time (12:26)
– Jeff’s thoughts on how to help change people’s lives for the better and why that’s important to him (13:49)
– Jeff’s experience and thoughts on fundraising, particularly for hardware startups (20:32)
– Some advice for hiring and building a team (26:53)
– Why you should run lean early (27:40)

Connect with Jeff Chang:

LinkedIn
Rad AI

Also Mentioned on This Show…

Jeff’s favorite quotes:
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” ― John F. Kennedy

See Also

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Jeff’s book recommendations:
Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

More resources
Innerspace Workshops

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