There is a reason why Klinify has a constant influx of coffee these days.
Adam Chan, one of Klinify’s latest addition, is a self-proclaimed coffee addict (refer to the first question) and has consequently increased the productivity of the office. A passionate and driven man, he often burns the midnight oil, working tirelessly just so Klinify is able to flourish.
Adam has brought about an interesting dynamic to the office. You see, previously, the office was mostly divided into two sections – development and business. Armed with his Diploma in Game Design and Development and his passion for business, Adam effortlessly obliterated the divisions within Klinify, making us all one big family.
Equipped with a dry sense of humour, Adam’s obsession with Stephen Fry and other terribly obscure things makes him an endearing character. (Trust me, the number of Stephen Fry videos he has made us watch definitely gives us the authority to label it an obsession). A self-professed lover of Dubstep, he takes his music very seriously (two conflicting statements and yet somehow true), and his alcohol too. We stumbled upon an incredibly cheap joint near the office, and we’re regulars there now.
Watching Adam relieve his stress is certainly the best part of the day. He has a peculiar fixation with singing Disney songs out aloud, amusing everyone in the vicinity. So here’s a sneak peek into the life of the coffee-loving Disney singer, Adam Chan.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Need more coffee
How and why did you decide to join Klinify?
My brother, a designer, has a healthy interest in the medical industry. Heh, healthy. Anyway, we got to talking about creating a mobile application for patients undergoing palliative care. Our aunt had died of cancer a couple of months before and both her and my uncle went through an incredible amount of stress during the months preceding her death. We wanted to make something that, if our aunt had had it, would have made her remaining life easier and more enjoyable.
For me it kind of felt like we had so much technology at our disposal, and we weren’t really doing anything with it except playing Angry Birds or something. “We” in this case referring to the world. It’d be relatively simple for a small group of people to come together and create an application that would make a large difference in a sick person’s life. Anyway, I ended up looking up medical tech and talking to a couple of people about it; someone mentioned Klinify in one such conversation and I was intrigued. The rest, as they say, is history.
So what do you do at Klinify?
The entire office loves Apple stuff, and one of the goals is to create an end product that’s as intuitive as Apple would make it. A fair amount of time is spent outside the office observing doctors and nurses to find out their work-flow processes, as well as to introduce and familiarize them with the app. After that, I head back to the office with all of my notes and talk to the developers and designers about it.
Where do you see the company in three years?
By then, I reckon we’d probably have hit customers internationally. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) travelling a massive amount for the company.
How would people communicate in your ideal world?
Singing; all the time. There’s this fantastic episode of Scrubs where, because of a brain aneurysm, a patient hears everyone’s speech as singing. The entire episode is basically one big musical and it’s brilliant. (Slight segue, another concept that I love is the thought of having background music that only you can hear. You wouldn’t get to pick what plays, either. So let’s say you really need to go to the bathroom and can’t find one, and Flight of the Bumblebees starts playing in the background or something. That’s hilarious.)
What motivates you?
I have no idea how to phrase this properly. It’s something along the lines of making a difference by making things more efficient. Like, Klinify’s kind of a working example of that. If a clinic uses Klinify, it saves them a massive amount of office space, causes a reduction in workload for the administrative staff, makes the doctors life easier, and makes a whole bunch of data easily accessible. So it makes a difference to them because it makes them more efficient? Something like that.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Kim Jong Il - I’d like to find out how much of the problems in North Korea can actually be attributed to the dictatorship. Think about it: what if Kim Jong Il was actively trying to push reform the entire time, but was stonewalled by his own people/military? Would the world even know?
I’d also get to live in some kind of insane fantasyland for a week, so it’s pretty much win-win.
What's the toughest decision you've had to make in the past few months?
I worked together with a few friends on a start-up for a couple of months and we had a massive amount of fun. Along the way though, people started losing interest and the team fell apart. It was an uphill battle to keep it going for a while and I had to decide whether or not to call it.
What song best describes your work ethic?
It’s a toss-up between “Eight Days A Week” and “Don’t Stop Believin”.
I also couldn’t think of anything appropriate for this question and googled the answer.