Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
I am Dr. Alex Jovanovich, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of BlueChew, and I am on a mission to change a broken healthcare system. I believe the healthcare system is broken and needs to be re-imagined with the patient in mind. It does not have to cost a fortune or be a hassle to get the care and treatment that is right for you.
What exactly does your company do?
Bluechew.com is a service for guys who want Sildenafil or Tadalafil in chewable form. These are the same active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis but made for our patients in the chewable form with the hopes it will work better and faster. We try to make the process as easy as possible by asking a few questions online and then prescribing and shipping your treatment discreetly to our door. So far, our patients have been very very happy and 90% of our new patients come from referrals.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
Every day is a different challenge because there really is no playbook for starting a business, let alone a telehealth business. Getting your head right for the ups and downs of starting a business is the only way to overcome the challenges that come. You have to strap-in and get comfortable with the turbulence. If you can do that, you should be good to go!
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Plan to work and grow your business for over 10 years. A lot of people look at startups from the outside and in and think they sprout up very quickly. If you’re lucky, that might be the case, but in reality, the majority of the great businesses take 5-10 years to gain traction and catch their stride. If you really want to be an entrepreneur you can’t rely on luck, so be prepared to figure it out over a 10 year time horizon.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
Not to sound like everyone else, but I have to go with Elon Musk. He landed rockets in the middle of the ocean so that he can reduce space travel by $100M per trip. That in of itself is bonkers, not mention his other hyper-growth, game-changing businesses!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
Your friends and family need to be there along the way and be okay with the hard work, long hours, and high intensity. I am grateful to all of them for keeping a positive attitude and doing their part in keeping the business on track.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My greatest success has been failing over and over again and not losing enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is contagious – so if you can keep enthusiastic and energized about the problem you are trying to solve, you will find the team to make it happen.
How can people contact you?
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