By Roadtrip Nation

Vivek Kopparthi



My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was raised by a middle-class family in India; our life revolved around our business making money.
I was a curious kid, and I’d sometimes offer my parents suggestions for how to make more money.
After completing an engineering degree in India, I decided to move to the U.S. for grad school.
I chose ASU for its highly ranked supply chain management program—what I thought I wanted to do.
While at ASU, my roommate had the idea to build a better treatment for jaundiced infants.
We pitched our idea to an ASU entrepreneurship program; they gave us the seed funding for NeoLight.
We developed a successful treatment for jaundice and are now working on a treatment for hypothermia.
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I make empathy-driven, best-in-class technologies that treat preventable conditions in infants.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Problem Solving

Day to Day

Every day is different: I wear a suit to work every day, but working at a startup means that once I get to work, I might be meeting with investors, or I might be cleaning desks and making coffee.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need hustle and a strong desire to be an entrepreneur—and then you need to find like-minded people who can help you achieve your goals. If you ask each of my company’s three founders why we’re doing this, we all have different reasons, but the commonality is that we all like to solve problems, and we all want to make a difference.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The first thing you have to do is learn how to be an entrepreneur. You have to study those who went before you and study their methods, then choose what kind of startup you want to create and learn exactly how to do that.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Why aren’t you working for a big company, making a six-figure salary like the rest of your classmates?"