If you saw a need or an opportunity outside of your industry would you recognize it? Our guest did and he’s here to tell us about it. Alan Leard is one of the co-founders of Limelight Health, a quoting, underwriting, proposal platform that started as an idea for an app.
You’ll hear the origin story of Limelight Health today as well as how it has evolved, plus Alan’s thoughts on having four co-founders and making the transition into the CTO role. Join us for those insights and more on today’s CTO Studio!
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- Why four co-founders is the best number to have.
- What are the three questions I ask every CEO before I join a startup?
- When did he know it was time to make the transition into CTO at Limelight Health?
- What are the ways they mitigate risk?
- Why are the technical challenges of Limelight Health so attractive?
- And so much more!
When I asked Alan to tell me what Limelight Health does he explained Limelight involves everything that needs to happen from the moment an employer says they are going to get insurance for their employees through the point when the employees are actually choosing the health insurance right for them.
The process is about providing accurate information on what plans are available and quote them accurately, as well as apply contribution modeling as far as how much the employer is going to pay and how much the employee is going to pay.
All of that gets wrapped up into a proposal that helps the employer make a decision. But how Limelight got its start goes back to one of Alan’s first businesses: a make-your-own wine bar
Before he and his wife had kids they wanted to do something together, they wanted to run a business together. When they came across the idea of a make-your-own-wine wine bar it seemed perfect and they set about making it happen. They ran their bar together through all the ups and downs that entailed.
That bar also led Alan to meet one of his future fellow co-founders of Limelight Health. It started after the wine bar had been up and running for about four years. Alan realized he was putting in 12 hours at the wine bar then coming home and making mobile apps as a hobby on the side.
Along the way he also met Garrett when Alan hired him as a musician to play at one of the bar’s Wine and Roses events. Alan had also gotten hired with Accelerator in a support role – he mainly offered support for other developers using that platform. When Garrett began talking to Alan about an app idea he had Alan’s ears perked up.