What would you think if your child, grandchild, niece or nephew came to you and said that they were skipping college to start a business?
Almost a year ago, I interviewed Nick Titus who was soon to be a High School Senior about his science fair project that was quickly becoming an innovation that could impact the lives of those who had lost mobility. To get an update, I invited Nick back to the show to share an update.
To start off, Nick and his friends have decided to take a “gap year” and skip college to start a business. That business is Myonic. Myonic is taking what started as Nick's science fair project to hack a TENS device so that people who had suffered a spinal cord injury or stokes could regain movement.
Since we last talked with Nick, he has achieved some major milestones including:
- Graduated from the Boomtown accelerator
- Invited to speak at TEDxCU on “How Naive Curiosity Solves Unsolvable Problems“
- Recognized as top hardware startup at TechCrunch Disrupt NY.
At the same time, Nick and his team has advanced the product to now allow mind control. This allows the user to think what action they want to perform, such as close the hand. By combining that with other motions such as gritting teeth, the device knows that you want to crush a pop can versus wanting to gentle pick up a raw egg.
While we talked about this feature a year ago, Nick and team have not only worked out the technical issues, they have created a working prototype.
So what's next?
They are on track to close a round of pre-A funding while announcing that will be opening up access to their product to beta testers. If you are interested, please check-out their new web site at myonic.tech.
So what lessons did Nick learn trying to finish his Senior year of High School while also being a CEO? Focus. He shared that prioritization and focus became the challenge while trying to juggle all the demands on his time. Welcome to adulthood.
Listen to the full interview below.
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Nick Titus is the CEO and Co-founder of Myonic Technologies Inc. Myonic has created a wearable device that allows paralyzed users to regain control of their muscle. He founded the company after developing the medical device in his high school engineering lab for a science fair project. He saw the good that this device could bring to people's lives first hand and decided to launch a company to get this technology in the hands of more people around the world.