The Long Road to Start-Up City
runningonortho
A first-hand account of my journey from residency, through associateship and attempted buy-outs, and into the adventure that is a start-up and partnership. Please join me as I learn while I go!

Posted 3/10/2018 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 32
The Shopping Phase
Sure, it's all fun and games while you're picking things out on paper, looking at floor plans and dental chairs and debating their various merits and deficiencies.  It's a blast discussing the value of investing in an intraoral scanner and speculating about your tolerance for certain limitations of...  Read More
Posted 3/3/2018 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 28
Making it Official
April 2017Well, up until the day we signed our lease, everything we had done to this point was pretty back-out-able.  We could still retreat to the comfort of our associateships and avoid the risk associated with borrowing money and putting ourselves out there.  If I'd known how challenging and...  Read More
Posted 2/24/2018 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 54
3 Months of Planning
Our to-do list between the signing of the letter of intent to the day construction began was fairly aggressive, but 100% necessary.  In all, it spanned about 5 months, and I would divide this into the time before our lease was actually signed and the time after our lease was signed.  We can think...  Read More
Posted 1/19/2018 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 37
Who's Going to Pay for the Wall?
It wasn't all that long ago that this catchphrase was a big part of pop culture, so we thought ourselves quite clever for recognizing our own "Who's going topayfor this wall?" moment.There are a ton of panic moments during a start-up. With so many things to keep track of, and as someone who's never...  Read More
Posted 12/31/2017 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 53
Start-Up Step 2: Real Estate and The Circle of Impossibility
In step 1, I described how we finally came to pull the trigger on this start-up thing.  But then in the immediate aftermath - the seconds that followed that pivotal decision, I realized I had absolutely no idea what to do next.  So we're officially committed to this project, and we picked a general...  Read More
Posted 12/13/2017 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 86
Start-Up Step 1: Pulling the Trigger and Demographics
This story begins as many great ones do, over eggs and coffee.Even after months of working on a start-up, encountering one obstacle after another, I would still argue that the hardest step was getting started.  This is because, no matter how many pieces of advice you receive, advisors you speak to,...  Read More
Posted 11/18/2017 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 89
Start-Up Year "Zero" - From Conception to Opening
As of this week, my new office will have been open for a full eight weeks.  When I look back on the months, the meetings, and the anxiety leading to today, I'm somewhat shocked to find that I'm actually here.  Some part of me never thought it would happen, and an even bigger part of me thought that...  Read More
Posted 7/26/2017 by runningonortho in The Long Road to Start-Up City   |  Comments: 4  |   Views: 272
Why I'm Starting a Practice From Scratch
I don't know whether this will be interesting to anyone else, but it would have been interesting to me, so I figured, why not? Let's share it. To really tell the story, though, I find it's best to, in the words of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, "Begin at the beginning." And so I shall.I am an...  Read More

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