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November 15, 2021

National Entrepreneur's Day

Nick Potts Gifthealth Co-Founder and CEO

National Entrepreneur’s Day with Nick Potts, GiftHealth Co-founder and CEO
For this year’s National Entrepreneur’s Day, we sat down with serial entrepreneur Nick Potts to get his thoughts on what it takes­–and means–to be an entrepreneur. 

Meet Nick Potts
- Early employee of CoverMyMeds
- Founder and CEO ScriptDrop
- Co-Founder and CEO Gifthealth
- Host of numerous local startup events
- Winning contestant on The Price is Right
- Patent Inventor: 
 Novel systems, methods, and devices for implementing prescription delivery

What’s your secret?
If I had to pick one thing, I’d have to say my upbringing. My parents are the hardest working people you’ve ever met. Both have a work ethic that doesn’t quit. If that’s a gene, I’ve definitely got it. My brother is the same way. I’ve told the story before. When we were just kids, he and I bought an old broken-down lawnmower my dad helped us fix up. I think we mowed like every lawn in a 5-mile radius all summer long. We worked hard, made a lot of money for a couple of kids, but more importantly we got our first taste of what it’s like to be our own boss. 

Why healthcare?
It’s a big problem. The scope of it. The impact it has on peoples’ lives. I really started to see how big during my time at CoverMyMeds. I was working on building integration systems to smooth out prior authorizations and stuff like that. Just one part of the overall problem with prescription drugs. But then I started to see the bigger picture. I couldn’t switch that part off. I was kind of obsessed with finding a solution for the whole problem, not just one little piece. That’s what led me to found ScriptDrop. I’ve been working on a bigger, more comprehensive solution ever since. 

What’s the most important asset for an entrepreneur?
To be honest, it goes back to what I was saying earlier. Work ethic, or determination or perseverance–whatever you want to call it. I would’ve given up a long time ago without it. When you think about the layers upon layers of issues with prescription care–they didn’t become issues overnight. The solution is going to take a combination of things– an unshakeable belief in the plan, the right support and most importantly the perseverance to keep going.  

What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting out?
A couple of things. First, surround yourself with great, talented people. You’ll develop a keen eye for those who can help you succeed. Second, seek out support from the community. You’d be surprised how much is out there for the asking. Columbus, Ohio isn’t traditionally known as a mecca for tech startups, but it’s actually thriving. I have more than a few great relationships with other founders, people I can always count on for advice. We’re all pulling for each other. 

 


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