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Leadership calendar    Sep 06, 2023

Electrifying Growth Episode 16: A Calling as Big as the Mission with Mark Brosso

Mark Brosso, Founder & CEO of PurpleLab, sat down with Edison Partners Managing Partner and Host Chris Sugden to share valuable insights into the world of entrepreneurship, the challenges of navigating healthcare data, and the importance of self-reflection as a leader.


"As an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to suspend your personal goals and provide objective and fair responses in different roles. It's about being transparent, ensuring everyone is aware of how you're framing your responses. It's not easy, but it's essential in building a successful business." - Mark Brosso

Mark Brosso is the Founder and CEO of PurpleLab, a healthtech company focused on driving decisive action based on precise insights from real-world data. Mark shared valuable insights into the world of entrepreneurship, the challenges of navigating healthcare data, and the importance of self-reflection as a leader. 

The Reckoning in the Business World

Mark highlighted that while there is a reckoning happening in the business world, it is not as severe as the dot-com boom and bust. Especially today, companies need to prove that their business models can scale to specifically avoid this reckoning. This serves as a reminder that sustainable growth and long-term viability should be the focus in today's business landscape.

Opportunities and Concerns for Healthcare Data

Mark also discussed healthcare data, recognizing its potential to make the healthcare system smarter if used responsibly. But on the flip side, there are still concerns about privacy and data security that are raised. Mark highlighted the balance that legislation such as HIPAA strikes in protecting patient privacy while facilitating data access for medical advancements. The availability and lowered barriers to accessing healthcare data are transforming the industry, providing more opportunities for innovation and improved patient outcomes.

The Journey of Becoming an Entrepreneur

Mark shared his inspiring journey into entrepreneurship, through a desire to escape the corporate game and looking for financial success. As a professional in sales and marketing within the life science and pharmaceutical industries, he came up with an idea to build a data business around counting case volumes for surgeons and cardiologists. From there, he began his entrepreneurial journey at the turn of the millennium, despite the challenging fundraising landscape after the dot-com crash.

Self-Awareness and Leadership

Mark emphasized the importance of self-reflection for leaders and the value of tapping into the expertise of others. At Edison's 2022 CEO Summit, we highlighted the essential need for leaders to continually assess their capabilities and embrace self-awareness. This perception allows leaders to identify their strengths and weaknesses while making well-thought out decisions for their company's growth and success. Mark's mention of conducting inventory tests to evaluate leadership capabilities serves as a reminder of the significance of self-awareness in leadership roles.

As we navigate the current business landscape, entrepreneurs can learn from Mark's experiences, not only in terms of seizing opportunities but also in recognizing the responsibilities that come with handling sensitive data. Self-awareness and the willingness to tap into others' expertise can significantly impact personal and professional growth as leaders. With these reflections from Mark in mind, we can look forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in our pursuit of electrifying growth.

Chris is Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm's investment committee. He has been on both sides of the table as a successful entrepreneur. His experience includes leading sales, product, finance, business strategy and capital formation.