How did Elyse build a successful social enterprise on... Earwax?

Elyse Stoltz Dickerson is an earwax entrepreneur. Yes, you heard that right. Stay with me here. After being let go from her big-time corporate job, Elyse and her colleague, who had also been let go from the same company, decided they wanted to start their own business, but they didn’t quite know what unmet need the would fill in the market. All they knew is that they wanted to work in the healthcare industry, which is where they had experience, so they set out on a series of informational interviews with doctors about what issue was impacting them most. To their surprise, one of the most common issues that doctors were facing that didn’t yet have a solution was earwax impaction. So, Elyse and her co-founder set out to start a new biotech company called Eosera with earwax impaction as their first problem to address and the company has exploded since that time. We sat down with Elyse to talk about how she created a successful company by going out and finding a problem that needed a solution, and how she transformed one of the worst days of her life when she was let go from her job into one of the best things that ever happened to her.

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