Spotlight on Atisha Patel
Meet Atisha Patel: Founder of NotiCare and Teenpreneur Inc, biomedical engineer, and blockchain enthusiast.
What was your major in college and how has your passion changed your life?
I wanted to major in philosophy but I chose to study biomedical engineering for practical purposes. I knew there would be more job opportunities with an engineering degree and I had no plans to be unemployed after college. Thus, I was never really satisfied with engineering and didn’t even know what I wanted to do with it after graduation. Furthermore, being an introvert, it was hard for me to network or even seek out other opportunities. It didn’t help that networking was not a big thing back in 2009.
It’s one thing to not know your passion but it’s another to find it. For me, it took over 25 years to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. In 2014, I went to my first networking event, a half day women’s summit in DC, where a woman approached me to convince me that I would be a perfect addition to her consulting company. She told me that I had piqued her interest when I asked a question during a round table discussion. She saw something in me that I clearly had not. Nervously, I told her I had no business experience but I am a quick learner. She convinced me that I would be fine and this was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. I would’ve been stupid not to take an opportunity that was thrown my way. Even though, I knew nothing about start-ups, I knew how to google and had the curiosity to learn everything I needed to. I quickly learned bootstrapping had nothing to do with boots and seed rounds were not referring to sports teams. I also learned that I was extremely strategic and business minded. Something I had never known because I never took any business classes. This lead to with various start-ups from blockchain to hydroponic farming before starting NotiCare and Teenpreneur Inc. I’ve always had a passion for healthcare and technology but never knew how to integrate both until I started to dabble! NotiCare was started after noticing the high volume of calls the NICU department at the hospital was receiving from concerned parents. We saw how communication in a hospital was quite antiquated and knew there had to be a more efficient and simpler way to streamline patient updates. Soon after, we started Teenpreneur Inc to help teens find their passion and give them the opportunity to explore different careers outside the norm; something I wish I had as a child.
I think life changes when you change your own perspective of the situation. I used to see myself as “stuck” in a career that I was not passionate about but when I changed my perspective to “how can I use my strengths and talents towards something I enjoy doing,” I saw opportunities opening up left and right.
If you’re struggling to focus or feel overwhelmed, what do you do?
I work out physically and mentally. If I can’t focus or feel overwhelmed, I see that as a sign that my body is not okay and I need to step back for a bit. If I can’t focus, I do a quick workout as a brain break and get back to work. It’s a reminder that hard work pays off. If I feel overwhelmed, I’ll meditate and remind myself things always get done. It’s not the end of the world. There are bigger problems in the world - it comes back to perspectives!
For me, getting overwhelmed is the result of not planning properly. Typically, I plan out my week on Sunday night and tweak my daily schedule the night before depending on my gym goals, last-minute meetings, etc. I find that planning is so imperative now more than ever given all the social media and technological distractions.
Have you experienced a setback or failure and how did you recover?
Of course! We’ve all experienced failures. When I experience a setback, I tend to look at the big picture and ask myself three things: How big of a deal is this? How do we fix this? How can we grow from this? When you look at setbacks in this light, you will come out of it feeling positive and as if you’ve rarely had them. It’s all about perspective and figuring out your potential.
Words you live by: Your greatest life is on the other side of your greatest fear.
Your Personal Bible: Principles by Ray Dalio
Sunday afternoon nirvana: Sundays are for planning out the rest of the week! Fridays are for self-care. Date night with myself - cooking dinner, Tempernillo, face-mask, and mind-numbing TV or a book!