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Sunday, July 03, 2016

A Guest Lecture by Neehar Cherabuddi, Cofounder, Shoutt, DoctorC

DoT club had the privilege to have Mr Neehar Cherabuddi, Cofounder, Shoutt, DoctorC to give a guest lecture on aggregator business model and technology. Here are the takeaways of his speech.


Mr Neehar Cherabuddi completed his schooling at Hyderabad Public School. He took up Computer science as specialisation in graduation at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology. After the graduation he went to USA to pursue Masters in Computer Science at Brown. He went on to become research scientist at Brown.

He then moved to bay area and worked at Oracle for a few years. Then gave up the job and started to work on apps for iPad and the iPhone. A music app called Soundbox was developed by his team. His first attempt at startup is with an app called Shoutt. 

He then moved back to India and found great interest in Health care and Analytics. He then formed a team and started DoctorC which is a diagnostics aggregator. He along with his wife works at DoctorC now. 

His other interests include music and screenplay writing. Mr Neehar was part of a Rock band during his graduation. He also directed a short film "The Green Bandits" which went on to win 13 out of 15 awards in Scary Cow Film Festival.

Key take aways from Mr. Neehar Cherabuddi's Lecture

Always believe in "Connecting the Dots" approach because most of the time, the things we do don't seem to have monetary or for that matter any benefits but the skills you learn because of sheer love towards the work come back to you when you most need it. 

Never be scared if you are dumbest in the room as far as the people surrounding you are more smart. You learn lot of things by hanging around with great people. If you are the smartest person in the room, its time you change the room. Sometimes you have to work very hard to catch up with the knowledge of the peers around you. Never Settle.

Wait for the moment that instills confidence in you. Lot of times it happens that things seem to go wrong around us. Be patient and wait for that moment that brings you lot of accolades and instills confidence in you. Don't give up.

When you work in big corporations, 40 hour work week can be knocked off in 20 hours and you'll get a lot of time to work on other things. The characteristics of big organisations are that they pay you good and you have so much time. Enjoy while you enjoy but make use of that free time as well. 

Always follow your passion. In Mr. Neehar's case, his passion towards screenplay writing helped him put himself in the shoes of customers and think what they wanted when offering a product. Lot of times it happens that parents or peers stop you from doing what you do. Its not bad to disagree with them occasionally. If you have the aptitude for it, everything you do helps in relating the things you need when you want them.

Always have an emotional connect with the consumer. In India, especially in Diagnostic centres, the connect is very transactional. If a patient walks into a centre requesting a checkup, these Diagnostic centres most probably don't identify the customer even he walked in 8 months ago and they don't have those reports archived. DoctorC bridges this gap by having an emotional connect with the customer.

Always believe in evolving the product by harnessing the data. DoctorC from being an aggregator of Diagnostic Centres has now transformed to health care analytics corporation.

Healthcare analytics is huge. With the help of big data and analytics, healthcare has gotten to a phase nobody imagined. By the way a customer browses a product on the application, the application can predict with 70% accuracy what the illness is without even testing the patient. Healthcare and analytics are that huge now. 

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