The U.S. healthcare industry is in the midst of a rapid evolution to accommodate changing government legislation, market pressures and technological opportunities. The environment is ripe for disruption by innovative startups, but health tech founders face a number of unique obstacles on the road to success.

In this episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, I sit down with health tech entrepreneurs Susan Bratton and Stryker Warren to learn more about these obstacles and how to surmount them. Bratton is a former Wall Street investment banker of 20 years and founder of Savor Health, a personalized nutrition solution for cancer patients. Warren, on the other hand, is a former founder and CEO of numerous healthcare companies, and he now primarily advises and invests in talented health tech founders like Bratton.

Thanks to their combined years of experience in healthcare, Bratton and Warren provide me an insider’s guide to overcoming operational and financial constraints and building high-growth health tech companies. In addition to this industry-specific knowledge, they also share insightful tips for assembling a team, conducting market research and planning for growth that can be utilized by founders in all industries.

Enjoy the episode, and reach out to us on Twitter @PowderkegCo or in the comments below to let us know how we can continue making the podcast an invaluable resource for founders and startups across the country!

In this episode with Susan Bratton and Stryker Warren, you’ll learn: 

  • Why and how the healthcare industry is evolving 
  • The importance of team building, perseverance and flexibility for startup success
  • Strategies for conducting market research and planning your company’s growth
  • Unique operational and financial obstacles faced by healthcare companies
  • Why Nashville and New York are great cities to build a company outside Silicon Valley

Please enjoy this conversation with Susan Bratton and Stryker Warren!


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Susan Bratton and Stryker Warren Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Companies and Organizations:

Savor Health

Pledge 1%


Nashville Entrepreneur Center

StartUp Health

Venture Capital Firms:

Salesforce Ventures

Startup Accelerators:

Project Healthcare

Project Music



Porter’s Five Forces Analysis


Susan Bratton (@SusanBratton_1)

Stryker Warren (LinkedIn)

Jessica Iannotta (LinkedIn)

Eric Ries (@ericries)

Michael Porter (@michaeleporter)

John Somorjai (@jsomorjai)

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