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Pau Rodríguez

CEO at MeThinks AI

Pau Rodríguez is the CEO of  Methinks AI, a startup founded in 2016 and based at Pier01. He is an industrial engineer and has an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is a member of the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome, an organization working to find solutions to the challenges facing humanity. Pau has also been a professional rugby player: “In rugby everyone has a different profile, you work as a team and it’s important to trust your teammates...It’s similar to entrepreneurship.”

 

“I’m passionate about sharing a vision and making things happen”

12.01.2021

Methinks AI aims to facilitate universal access to stroke treatments. Their solution, medical imaging software based on artificial intelligence, can diagnose stroke quickly with a simple CT scan (without using contrast, available at any hospital in the world) so patients begin treatment sooner, gaining precious time that can improve their prognosis.

Why did you decide to be an entrepreneur?

I’m passionate about sharing my vision and making things happen. Throughout my life, I’ve always tried to learn from my surroundings in order to be a good professional. To put myself in increasingly complex situations and acquire the tools to tackle them. Being an entrepreneur pushes you to the limit on all levels, no doubt, but it also helps you focus on what you believe will have the greatest impact.

What is the most important strategic decision you’ve made so far?

Joining the Methinks project, founded by Cristian Martí, and having the unconditional support of Carlos Crespo. 
After finishing my MBA and doing a couple of years at an Italian startup in the biotechnology sector, I decided to come back to Barcelona and find a cutting-edge project in the healthcare arena. For me, it was important to be a partner in a company that was resolving a big healthcare issue, firmly based on technology, where I could use my skills to move the project forward.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Be empathetic. Everyone is trying to do their best, and there’s a reason for everything. Understanding others’ points of view helps solve many problems and move projects forward.

What would you have liked to know before starting on this adventure?

How psychologically demanding it would be. Beforehand, I thought things would be relatively simple since our project makes sense. But that’s not all you need. It is essential to manage emotions associated with adversities, the time and needs of your team and your surroundings.

Tell us about a strategy you use at work that could also be helpful in other areas of life.

Self-awareness, both on an individual and collective basis. I think it’s important to know each person’s strengths and skills and how to use them in a team. For me, beyond financial profit, the company is also a place to improve in all areas. 

And now what? What milestones do you want to achieve in the short term?

Completing the regulatory process in the United States and the European Union. We’ve just started and, although it is a huge challenge, I think we have a great team to achieve it.