The following article originally appeared in Columbus Business First.
Jeff Harper has practically lived in airports in a six-month frenzy of software sales meetings since his Duet Health LLC was acquired by MEDNAX Inc. –but in a way it’s a relief to work as an employee again after five lonely years as the boss. Harper started the Columbus company after losing a financial job in the recession. Today he’s gratified to see Duet’s mobile apps becoming part of the daily work life of doctors nationwide – perhaps finally replacing pagers. “I spent the last five years of my life building this thing, to finally see it being used,” he said. When he gets a spare hour, Harper’s writing a book about building a business – a labor of mostly unrequited love. “It’s an awful, awful process,” he said about developing a business. “At some point it gets better.