Enigma Proust Questionnaire: Gil Shklarski, CTO of Flatiron Health


Based on a popular parlor game established by renowned French novelist Marcel Proust, where one's answers were believed to reveal their true inner workings, Enigma brings you our version of the Proust Questionnaire. We sit down with today's technology leaders to discover what makes them tick.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Hiring an A team for Flatiron.

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?
Enjoying the journey at each step instead of preparing for the next.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
Maximize for breadth of experiences.

What's the worst advice you've ever received?
Assume the worst.

What problem would you like to see solved before you die?
Cancer (surprise!)

What's the most overrated industry buzz word?
The cloud (we are already there)

Name the top trait that you look for when hiring talent.

Cooperation in solving technical problems.

Name the biggest turn off when hiring talent.
Lack of ownership of past mistakes.

Which brand has had the biggest impact on you to date?

What is your most treasured possession?

It should never be about possessions, it is about people and relationships.

Preference: Email or Chat?

What's the biggest misnomer in healthcare technology?
That capturing data is enough to provide value. Data is not valuable without completeness, quality and real interoperability. This needs to be ensured by meaningful incentives.

Is the reward always worth the risk?
Nah, do your math first, and never take a risk jeopardizing your self-integrity or values.

Favorite TED talk?
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Which book had the biggest impact on you?
Mindset by Carol Dweck

What's your business motto?

There is no growth in the comfort zone; there is no comfort in the growth zone.
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