“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.
Starting his entrepreneurship young, Aaron Heap would dedicate his efforts into creating his own small businesses to make money faster while growing up. In fact, by the time he got to college he had never even had a real job. After graduating from Utah State he was accepted into Law School at BYU and felt that his path was clear. He unexpectedly had an epiphany that he needed to do what he had always been doing- creating businesses. Taking that leap of faith he invented a product that raised a couple million in 1998. This company was called Seven2, arguably one of the most innovative kayaking paddles that the world has ever seen.
By building his own company and product he was able to experience all levels of product creation with no sourcing platforms. Before people “did” this there were no platforms established so you had to do it all yourself. Entering this ecosystem of startups and investing came only at age 27. Because of his success and exposure he has been able to make many connections with other entrepreneurs wanting to start companies. He shared, “I find that along the Wasatch Front there is no shortage of ambitious and smart entrepreneurs. I don’t need to market it. Everyone wants to be in the capitalism game.” By acting as an angel investor and taking on the role of Co-founder, Aaron coaches these new startups for the first couple of years until they run effectively and don’t need him anymore. He has done this with 5 companies.
Thus his current startup baby, Medcadre.
Medcadre is a platform that places doctors into hospitals temporarily, “The Kelly Services” for the medical industry. Aaron has been a pure Co-founder providing angel investing and the business structure while his other Co-founder had the “know-how”.
As you can see, Aaron is very aware of what he spends his time doing, making sure it’s something that he loves. He spends just as much effort into who he is spending his time with and where he is spending it. That’s why for Aaron, Kiln just made sense. “I could just feel it”, he said. “Someone figured this out. The atmosphere, quality of work stations, community eating, music, etc. I could tell that someone built something for themselves, not just to make money. I was in and immediately signed up for 2 or 3 Resident Desks.”
“It’s extremely advantageous for me as a founder to acquire people to bring them here to Kiln. It’s definitely a competitive advantage for startups. I'll bet that Apple would've gotten some seats at Kiln instead of the garage. When you’re at Kiln, even though you may be a one or five-man operation, you feel like you work for a unicorn."
To see what Aaron and the Medcadre team are up to, check out medcadre.com.