Dr Sonia Szamocki

“You can have the best idea in the world with a bad team and you get nowhere, and you can have a really good team with a bad idea and you’ll probably make it into a good idea.” 

Doctor to Startup Founder… That’s not something we get to say a lot, so buckle in for today’s episode! 

This week’s 40 Minute Mentor is Dr Sonia Szamocki, Founder and CEO of 32Co, the HealthTech revolutionising access to specialised healthcare services, by connecting general clinicians with a network of specialists. 

Sonia’s very impressive journey has taken her from Oxford to a career as a clinician to jumping into the Founder seat, building the future of collaborative healthcare. 

She has grown 32Co 5x since April last year, and has recently secured £2.36 million in seed funding, led by Balderton Capital.

Tune in to today’s chat, to find out: 

➡️ Podcast recommendation: Black Women Working [00:13] 

➡️ Why being a Founder isn’t all that glamorous [05:02]

➡️ Growing up in the Netherlands and becoming a Doctor [06:02]

➡️ 32Co’s origin story [13:10]

➡️ From an idea during Covid to growing a marketplace [22:50]

➡️ Navigating false starts & the importance of a great team [26:18]

➡️ Hiring advice & recruiting your first exec [29:00]

➡️ The importance of getting Co-Founder matching right [36:45]

➡️ Bootstrapping vs VC funding [38:05]

➡️ Healthcare & AI [41:00]

➡️ Audience Question: Why there shouldn’t be more Doctors moving into Founder seats [44:32]

Helpful links:

➡️ Connect with Sonia: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-sonia-szamocki-a01790a9/ 

➡️ Find out more about 32Co: https://www.32co.com/ 

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