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Today's Entrepreneur: Jarie Bolander

No. 1 Mistake: Giving up to soon

Innovation series by Mitos Suson
February 22, 2016
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Today's Entrepreneur is Jarie Bolander, Co-founder and COO at Lab Sensor Solutions, a company that specializes in IoT Sensors for the Healthcare industry. They increases patient safety while helping customers meet regulatory requirements, reduce costs and save lives. Their  initial product, T-Tracks™, is a real-time ‘Sensor as a Service’ solution that monitors perishable materials, like lab samples, blood and pharmaceuticals, in transit, and alerts customers before materials are compromised.

Bolander is a graduate from San Jose State University with a degree of Electrical Engineering and he went to University of Phoenix for his MBA. He has twenty years of experience in managing, developing and manufacturing complex systems, software and semiconductor products. 

Lab Sensor Solutions self-categorizes in these areas: Cloud ComputingHealthcare Internet of Things (IoT)MedicalSoftware as a service, and Mobile.

Here's a little about Bolander:

I am a(n): Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded: 
Lab Sensor Solutions, Tagent Corporation

Achievements (products built, personal awards won): 
I have developed and launched products leveraging technologies such as Bluetooth, USB (new wireless USB standard), RFID (pioneering on-chip antenna integration) and DNA Sequencing (first product to sequence entire human genome for under $1,000).

If you are an entrepreneur, why? 
I want to impact the world in a positive way. At Lab Sensor Solutions we’re improving healthcare in a way that can literally save lives.

My favorite startups: 
Canva, Slack, MailChimp

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Rewarding: Delivering technology solutions that improve people’s lives. Also, working with teams that are aligned toward solving real-world problems.

Frustrating: When technologies and solutions don’t find product-market fit, or when they are too ahead of their time to gain enough traction in the marketplace.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make? Giving up too soon.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1) Never give up 
2) It's all about the Team 
3) Never let money get in the way of progress

Full bio

I am an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature, experienced at bring innovative solutions to market. Currently I'm the co-founder and COO of Lab Sensor Solutions, a company improving healthcare through the use of sensor networks that can monitor and track everything from a patient’s lab samples to other healthcare assets, like infusion pumps. I have developed and launched products leveraging technologies such as Bluetooth, USB, RFID and Semiconductor DNA sequencing. 

Prior to co-founding Lab Sensor Solutions, I was with Ion Torrent, a 3rd generation DNA sequencing company, bought by Life Technologies for $750 Million. Ion Torrent was the first company to productize semiconductor sequencing technology able to sequence the entire human genome for under $1,000.

Before that I was a founder and VP of R&D for Tagent, an innovative RFID company, creating breakthrough technology that integrated antennas onto silicon in order to achieve a more compact form factor. Prior to Tagent, I was at Cypress Semiconductor where, as the technical project manager for Wireless USB, we created a new wireless standard that made wireless technology as easy connecting something via USB.

I have an MBA in Technology Management from UOP and a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. I’m also the inventor or co-inventor on over 10 patents and I’ve published two books: “Frustration Free Technical Management” and “#ENDURANCE tweet — A Little Nudge to Keep You Going.”

Lab Sensor Solutions. will compete live on stage at Splash Health on Feb. 23 at Kaiser Center, Oakland. Register here.

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