INDIANAPOLIS (November 13, 2014) – Ohio was well represented at the Forbes Reinventing America Summit. Featured speakers included Craig Maxwell of Parker Hannifin, Mark Kvamme of Drive Capital, Steve Cashman of Dublin, Ohio-based HealthSpot and Nottingham Spirk co-founder John Nottingham.

Nottingham and Cashman spoke at a “Masters of Innovation” session featuring the HealthSpot station, a tele-health kiosk that uses video conferencing technology for medical diagnoses. Cashman demonstrated the HealthSpot Station live on stage. “We bring proper healthcare one step closer to the consumer,” said Cashman, by “bringing the doctor to the patient.” HealthSpot recently announced a rollout in Ohio Rite-Aid locations.

“Innovation is the mindset and who you partner with makes all the difference,” Cashman said, referring to HealthSpot’s partnership with Nottingham Spirk, which designed and built the HealthSpot Station. Nottingham added: “The best disruptive innovations come from the outside, the core innovations from the inside.”

Maxwell presented Indego, Parker Hannifin’s powered lower-limb orthosis, an exoskeleton-like device that enables people with mobility impairments to walk. The technology was many years in the making, and Maxwell offered this advice to others pursuing world-changing innovations: “Fail often. Fail early.”

Kvamme is a former partner at Sequoia Capital, an early investor in Facebook, Dropox, Zappos and others. He recently relocated to Ohio to launch Drive Capital  “to fuel the next generation of Midwest companies.”

As the Forbes Summit was named “Reinventing America,” Mark Kvamme feels that the Midwest is a great place to start. He explains, “When you look at the data, the Midwest is the best place to invest.”

 

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