Episode 17: Wei-Shin Lai with SleepPhones

Girl with SleepPhones

Courtesy of SleepPhones

This answer from Dr. Wei-Shin Lai about landmarks moments in her career inspired this episode: “A few years after making the decision to enter private practice, I decided to finally do something about not sleeping well when I was ‘on call.’ I would only get maybe 2-4 calls about patients every 4th night when I was on call, but those calls would keep me up for much of the night. It was hard for me to get back to sleep after a 3 a.m. phone call. I wanted to try listening to meditative music, but earbuds didn’t fit my ears, and headphones were too bulky for me to sleep on my side. So I invented my own headphones for sleeping. Six years later, SleepPhones® are in Brookstone stores nationwide, on Amazon.com, and for sale at SleepPhones.com.”

In this episode of the Innovation Update, Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies, interviews Wei-Shin about SleepPhones, what it takes to become an entrepreneur, and how she juggles her career as a physician and her business.

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