Author Archive for Andrew Claffey

Ethan Holmes

Ethan is the CEO of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce. The company was started when Ethan was still in college and has recently been gaining distribution and financial support. Ethan has had many failures in his young life, as he attempted to start multiple ventures. He started with a candy bar idea, and realized people want something healthy- he then started selling his family’s special applesauce, and it was a hit. The applesauce is all natural and incorporates apple cider and fresh fruit into the recipe.

He is a classic example of someone who started their own business in their home kitchen by just experimenting. He tweaked the recipe countless times and used his own savings for a start up. The way his applesauce is made and packaged appeals to people of this time, as people especially in the millennial generation want things that are home brewed. He plans to have other students help him get his brand off the ground.

A man with a deeply rooted desire for success, seems to have found it. Only time will tell if Ethans’ applesauce can compete with big name companies and their endless resources.

Robert Nay

Robert was 14 when he created Bubble ball- an app that took competition from angry birds. This game launched his game company Nay Games. Over two million people downloaded his app in two weeks. He created the app with no previous knowledge of coding. He researched how to code at the library and took ideas from games that he liked on his phone. His only investment was a macbook given to him by his parents.

This is amazing as it shows not only that kids can be creative and do amazing things, but it also shows how powerful reading is. Reading is sometimes ignored or forgotten in the new technology age, but he was able to gain enough knowledge to code over 4000 lines of code on his own without previous schooling. I think that some of the smartest people are really just avid readers or self taught geniuses.

Lesson to take away- read a lot and you will be too smart to unsuccessful.


Theranos is a company started by Stanford drop out Elizabeth Holmes. The company has created a product that allows for a painless blood draw. The product is being introduced in drug stores like Walgreens. Predictions are being made that this will alter the healthcare industry as a whole as this new way to draw and test blood will most likely become mainstream, and standard in the near future.

Elizabeth Holmes is 31 years old and is worth roughly 4.7 billion as of July 2015. She currently is on the board of Fellows for Harvard Medical school. Her impact has been great, as less blood is needed to run a sample, thus requiring only a finger prick. She is a great example of someone who saw an issue that no one was solving and took initiative to figure it out. Technology has allowed her to create her fortune.

Medic Mobile

Isaac Holeman, Josh Nesbit, and Nadim Mahmud created Medic Mobile a company that connects medical mission organizations in developing countries. Medic Mobile is being used in over twenty countries over 16,000 health workers use the information it provides. Medic mobile is an example of a social entrepreneurship venture that is capable of tracking disease outbreaks, resource levels, emergency or danger broadcasting, and pregnancy registration. This data provides statistical data that allows for trends to be determined, which can effect future action plans. The data is accumulated by many organizations thus creating a network which is more powerful than one organization alone. The three co-founders of Medic Mobile founded the company after conducting pediatric AIDS research in Malawi. They came across a physician that was frustrated with the disorganization of relief efforts. The physician served so many, and felt that treatment plans could be developed from trends. Treatment plans could be orchestrated and alleviate possible outbreaks or redundancies.

Smart phone technology connects the world in so many ways, the three co-founders were able use the networking power modern technology provides to cut down on miscommunication, hopefully preventing future disease outbreaks, and proper allocation of resources.

Man Can’s

Hart Main is a 14 year old kid and was sick of smelling “girly scents”. His sister was selling candles that smelled, well like girls. He wanted to create a candle line that smelled like things he liked. With an initial investment of 100 dollars of his own money and 200 of his parents he started  ManCans. The line started with scents like Campfire, Bacon, Sawdust, Fresh Cut Grass, and Grandpa’s pie. Man Cans are sold in stores across the country. This is a problem that no one really saw. Hart saw a trend and decided to open it up to a new market segment, market candles to appeal to men. This is such a simple business line as scented wax is so easy to make, the profit margins are incredible.

Eko Devices

The evolution of smart phone technology  has modified so many functions of everyday life. It started with music, and quickly took over the necessity for computers, and then wallets. Now smart phone technology has the ability to allow doctors to move away from their signature accessory: the stethoscope- to a more modern sleeker version.

Eko Devices allows doctors to use a stethoscope attachment that amplifies the patient’s heart beat into a software program on smart phones. The key to this new advancement is core technology( the amplification device). The Core transmits the sound waves into the Eko application in which the sound is recorded and can be stored and filed under each patient.

Eko Devices was founded by three guys (Connor Landgraf, Tyler Crouch, and Jason Bellet) with a dream to modernize one of the simplest duties of a medical professional. They have received over 800,000 dollars in angel donations to get their company off the ground. The core system is available for purchase, and the application is available for all apple devices and coming soon to android. Currently Eko Devices is backed by countless industry leaders, and well known physicians.

These three young men saw a device that wasn’t dated by any means, but decided it was time to modernize it. I think it will be interesting to see how they adapt their business model to be conducive to other adapters, allowing the medical professional to take other vital signs right from their smart phone.