Having known Dan and Tim throughout their careers, Randy was highly attracted to the core values they chose to guide Velentium. Working in the medical device industry, he has always felt the ever-present push and pull of financial incentives vs. the good of the patients. He was impressed not simply by the three values themselves, but by how Velentium applied them to everyone: customers, employees, partners, etc. An employee cannot, for example, mistreat a customer and claim it’s for the patient’s good: they are required to treat everyone with respect and integrity, which Randy believes is empowering.
Of the three values, “Honorable” speaks to Randy most. He believes it is an essential trait for all types of business, but even more so in medical devices. Over his career, Randy has seen that the most common culprit for flaws in design and development is arrogance. Being Honorable includes honesty about the strengths and weaknesses of a design and its designer, as well as being able to put aside your ego when analyzing the best fits for a job.
A day that Randy says changed the course of his career occurred during a tense code review where employees were taking criticisms personally and no progress was being made. The company employing him at the time would regularly bring in patients to see what their facilities were like. Randy’s director was giving a tour to a young boy, about 8 or 9 years old, who had recently received a pacemaker that contained a new model of firmware which Randy had helped write. The director interrupted the code review and brought the boy in to meet the people who designed it, including Randy. The boy said in so many words, “I want to thank you for what you have done for me.” Ever since that moment, Randy says, “I have never been the same.”