Niko Skievaski

My day job is being the co-founder of Redox. We’re a company that helps modern software companies use healthcare data. I previously worked at Epic (health record software) and was one of the founders of 100state (a co-working space in downtown Madison).

My most memorable caffeine would be hard to pick as coffee is a big part of my life. I find that I’m most productive and on-point about 9:00-10:00 a.m. after I’ve had my first cup of coffee. And then after lunch it’s the nap or coffee dilemma—or sometimes both with a small coffee and a little siesta. Though, now I find that my days are typically so busy that I can push through without that post-lunch boost.

My current caffeine of choice is black coffee. I really like to taste the coffee.

My favorite place for caffeine is on the go. I’m often traveling around the country and spend a lot of time heading to the Milwaukee airport. I’ll be in the car at 5:00 a.m. with a cup of coffee. And I have a great thermos cup that keeps it warm for hours.

The people I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with are Elon Musk and Henry Ford. I’m such a fanboy of Elon’s—I’m not even sure what I’d say to him! And it would be fascinating to talk to Ford. He was a disruptive entrepreneur, coming in as the Industrial Revolution hit its peak, finding a new way to manufacture, creating the supply chain process. He wasn’t repurposing solutions that already existed; he was building everything from the ground up.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Removing the barriers that allow us to use technology to improve healthcare. The United States has amazing health care resources—we’re always pushing the envelope to advance. But there’s so much inefficiency, especially around data access. There’s crazy technology out there that could improve healthcare delivery but so many barriers to adoption. I’ve seen that time and again with my work at Epic and now Redox and would love to see what we could accomplish if those barriers disappeared.