“I got confidence, really, in my own skills, in my own ability to learn and to lead.”
After watching a TED Talk in high school during which the speaker grows a kidney, Joe Beggs knew he wanted to go into biomedical engineering. However, he did not want to be just any engineer. He says, “I went to Grinnell because a wanted to be a well-rounded engineer,” one who understands the context of his work and is able to think critically and communicate well. Now, as that well-rounded engineer, he thinks differently about medical device pricing in his startups. He explains, “Grinnell has given me a perspective of keeping the patients’ wellbeing in mind. Just because you can price higher, that doesn’t mean you should.” Bringing him “full circle,” he recently gave a TEDx Talk himself, inspiring the next generation of high school Joes.