In this two part podcast, Crystal explains how her grit, passion and competitive spirit have served her well as an Olympic hopeful in speed skating, a thriving MS patient, founder of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation and entrepreneur and investor with Thin Air Labs.
Timestamps Part 1
00:52-03:52 - Crystal’s initial days as a speed skater.
03:52-08:52 - Being diagnosed with MS and giving up speed skating for the time being.
08:52-12:39 - Taking an alternative route towards recovery, and almost making it to the 2010 Olympics.
12:40-14:32 - Drawing the curtains on her skating career, and starting Branch Out Foundation.
14:32-18:33 - Crystal elaborates on the path that Branch Out took, going more towards research rather than pharmacology, and the hardships that they have come across.
Timestamps Part 2
01:27-06:00 - Crystal’s career trajectory at Branch Out, and how she ventured into her role at Thin Air Labs.
06:02-08:27 - Crystal explains how Thin Air Labs functions as a Venture Capital firm.
08:27-10:43 - The characteristics of an impactful company, and how they are parallel to the qualities that Crystal elaborates are also required to be a high performance athlete.
10:43-12:30 - How her personal experience with MS helps Crystal make informed decisions in her role at Thin Air Labs.
12:30-14:21 - Jumping through bureaucratic hoops, and navigating her way through to make meaningful change.
14:22-18:23 - Crystal reminisces about the high points of her time at Branch Out and Thin Air, and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
18:23-20:41 - What’s next for Crystal at Thin Air, and her goal to focus more on health-tech.