Shift+6 Podcast: Episode 3 – Greg Tracy, CTO, Propeller Health

Posted September 25, 2020
By James Lloyd

I’ve known Greg Tracy since before founding Redox, connecting over civic hacking projects in Madison, Wisconsin. As the co-founder and CTO, Greg helped Propeller Health from its inception to serving patients across the globe and through its recent acquisition by ResMed (for $225M), where he now serves as the chief architect. 

Greg shares the Propeller Health story, their early choice to go through FDA clearance, and how they built the business into a global brand, as well as the constant struggle to prioritize projects, no matter how large the organization. He’s always been a mentor to the up and coming developer-leaders in Madison; this conversation exemplifies this. Thanks for the great conversation Greg!

Find Greg on Twitter (@GregTracy).

Key Moments

01:12 – Overview of Propeller Health’s product offering
03:09 – Greg’s background and starting Propeller
08:29 – Balancing speed and quality in an FDA certified domain
11:57 – Managing a diverse set of users and stakeholders
14:29 – “Suck” meetings for engineering
16:59 – Getting acquired by a public company
23:24 – Prioritizing endless wants
27:19 – How Slack fails product teams
30:00 – The best innovation in healthcare comes from those without experience