with Allison K. Summers
American Blake Sherwood was 17 years old and living in Shanghai as part of the National Security Language program sponsored by the US State Department. After graduating and back in the States, Blake checked in with his Chinese host family and heard about COVID-19 months before it was on the radar of North Americans.
When he saw nurses stapling masks together, he knew there was a better way to do things. His friends in China sent him 500 masks, and he began his PPE journey. Blake immersed himself in learning supply chains, shipping logistics, government relations, quality control, and fraud in the industry.
His first major client was the State of Illinois and thorough networking, he became a Strategic Partner with Nix Covid, a leading medical equipment provider. Now, at age 22, Blake continues his consulting and working with the team to introduce a Covid detection technology using AI.
Blake’s story as a young entrepreneur is remarkable and inspirational. In our conversation, we cover a wide range of topics, from how he executed this project to insights on what it takes to be a successful businessperson.
· The study and process of supply chains and logistics.
· Essential entrepreneurial fundamentals.
· The unique partnership and how Nix Covid operates.
· Overcoming PPE industry fraud.
· The next Covid detection technology using AI.
· Giving back to the community by donating PPE.
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