Shift+6 3: Greg Tracy, CTO, Propeller Health

September 25, 2020
James Lloyd CTO & Co-founder

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

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