With nothing but the shirt on his back, in 2005, Ian created biomedical software for the John A. Burns School of Medicine. As an undergraduate at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, his software did not generate revenue, but it did lead to a publication in the American Journal of Physiology.
Dr. Sharp was then admitted to study neurological engineering at the University of Illinois.
While earning his PhD, Dr. Sharp merged virtual reality with rehab robotics. This system is still used to this day to research, assess and augment motor control in the impaired human nervous system. Medicare does not reimburse the system he invented, nor did it generate any revenue, however it did provide encouraging evidence for conditioning movement variability in stroke and traumatic brain injured patients.
After graduating in the recession of 2008, again unable to earn revenue from the software he invented, and after being shown little future in biomedical academia, he needed to find another way to make a living.
Being fortunate, Dr. Sharp found himself consulting with the UK's most successful software company - Autonomy.
With Autonomy, Dr. Sharp further refined specialization in human-machine interaction, harnessing big data and AI in business applications. Dr. Sharp serviced tier 1 clients including:
Over the years, Dr. Sharp created, consulted for, founded, co-founded, performed managment consulting and turned around several tech startups, including:
Most of which, even with successful technology, ultimately went nowhere.
Finally Dr. Sharp's tech-turnaround for pricing used cars, led to a company acquisition by ACV Auctions 2019s tech unicorn. Their market cap can be viewed in real-time here . Months after their IPO, and at the time of writing this, their company is valued over $3 billion USD - a tremendous success.
After which, Dr. Sharp renamed his existing software consulting firm to DOCTORS IN TECH ®. The purpose, to both: focus on meaningful transformations in digital medicine & clinical research, and make sure these technologies have a chance to thrive in the market.
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