Interview with Luke, Founder of Latent Health

How did you get into this tech space?

I’ve always had a passion for technology and social impact. I got into tech through Uni, where I studied Mechatronics Engineering and once I graduated started working on an Automated Vertical Farming Startup. I ended up leaving that due to mental health reasons, and focused on self development and improved myself and found my passion for health.

What is the idea behind your project / product and how did you come up with it? When did you start with that business, how did you start and do you have other members in your team?

The idea behind the project is to use emerging technology to help people improve their health and perform at their best potential. I started working on the idea late last year, took a bit of a break and due to Covid-19 and many of my friends having mental health issues started focusing on it again.

How long did it take you to be where you are now?

Business wise I have been working in or around startups for 4 years now.

What was the biggest obstacle?

Realising that you don’t need to be perfect to start and just starting, that took me a while to get over. When I left my last startup, I decided not to jump into anything again unless I was 100% sure and I thought I was ready. I realised, and it took me 4 months, that I was already ready. The only thing holding me back was me and my perfectionism. So I decided to step in.

What are the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the niche you are in? How about being a founder / entrepreneur?

The biggest challenge I think is realising how many people are out there trying to do the same thing as you and how many people you not only have to compete or collaborate with.

The biggest challenge I personally face as an entrepreneur in the health space is realising how big of a challenge it is to face and how you must always take care of your own health first to be able to help others.

What are your biggest achievements to date?

In my current project, which is very early stages, my biggest achievement is successfully facilitating an online workshop and writing my first online article.

What are your projects you are currently working on?

Currently working on a mental health community during the Covid-19 crisis, as well as two tech projects involving drones and brainwave entrainment.

What will be the key trends in this tech industry in the next 5 years and where do you see it heading?

I would envision a drive towards technologies capable of remote communication, due to Covid-19, as well as a drive in the agtech, logistics and telecommunications sectors.

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