What do you study at Tech? What are your interests and involvements at school?
Alex: I picked up an Industrial Design major three years back. I’ve always liked building and creating things, and the mechanical engineering major really enabled me to do that. But the design aspect enabled me to not only build and design, but do it in a meaningful way that has positive impact for people, physically and also functionally. I’m heavily involved with the CREATE-X program. I’m also involved in the Design Bloc, which is Georgia Tech’s only multidisciplinary design institute. Those are the two things I’m most heavily involved with, and also for fun I teach Zumba.
What does Prysmic do?
Alex: Prysmic is a medical emergency network. What that means is we provide your critical medical information (medical ID) in an emergency situation to the people who can help you the most, which are first responders. Right now, if you were to be in an accident, the first responders arriving on scene don’t know anything about you. And it’s a lot of detective work, finding out who you are, and really how they can help you the most.
What get’s you excited about solving this problem?
Daniel: The reach, it makes thinking about what we can do in the future so exciting. Cause theres just like endless growth.
Did you always see yourself going the entrepreneurship route?
Alex: That was always where my interests lay, and engineering was a really great way to get to that point. It’s not only about building a system, building an engine - it’s having the ability to look and analyze problems. And that mindset was what I was looking for.
Just coming to Georgia Tech, I don’t want to say I lucked out but it was like the perfect time because my first year was the year Startup Exchange started. And within a few years of that, that’s when the Create-X department started, Design Bloc, and all of these really entrepreneurial minded programs. So I’ve been able to at least get touched by them, and see what’s happening here, and it’s been such a flourishing/ nourishing environment.
Daniel: For me no. I’ve always been open minded about what I do in the future, like whether I do something in Computer Science. But I’ve worked a couple jobs and I’ve definitely had problems with burnout where I didn’t want to be there. Having your own idea just combats all of that. It’s you that’s getting you up in the morning, I’m not going to the office doing someone else’s work for a tiny cut of it.
This Q&A was edited for content.