Jorge Moll has a profound history in the medical field. He received his MD in Neuroscience from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil where he later completed his residency as well. Dr. Moll later received his Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology from São Paulo University.
Jorge Moll has always wanted to assist people who suffer from conditions that negatively affect their quality of life. Today, he is the president and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) as well as the Director of the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and Neuroinformatics Workgroup (a top-ranked diagnostics and imaging laboratory). Alongside his career, he is a true family man that lives in Rio de Janiero (http://idor.org.br/midia/dr-jorge-moll-fala-sobre-emocoes).
Where did you find the idea for D’Or Insitute of Research and Education?
I have always had a dream and passion to cultivate world-class research, education, and healthcare in my home country.
What is your day-to-day routine line? How do you keep things productive?
Most of my days are filled with many meetings that cover a variety of topics. I speak with a number of students, associates, scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs that represent a wide range of organizations. I believe it is fundamental to have a free exchange of ideas and collaboration.
How do you get your ideas to become realities?
Usually, ideas are plentiful. The hardest part is choosing the best ones and dropping the others. I tend to choose the ones that can be converted into a plan of action, and allow for collaboration.
Are there any modern topics that really interest you?
I love the rising trend of artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, and how machines and brains can work together. I am also fascinated by the new developments in regenerative medicine and gene therapy (Moll-Lab).
Do you have any habits that you would consider necessary to your productivity as a businessman?
The best way to be productive is to be transparent, open, and skillful.
Is there any advice you would give to the younger version of you?
Do not hold on to ideas and plans for too long. Either run with them or move on to the next one as quickly as possible.
Do you have any ideas or beliefs that most people would disagree with you on?
I believe that current publications and career pathways, in both academia and industry, are severely hindering scientific innovation. We should have new aspirations that address big challenges. Challenges that give us the ability to pursue long-term and high-risk ideas.
As a businessman, do you have any habits that you would recommend to others?
Don’t try to repeat things over and over. It is imperative to always question your model.
Would you attribute the growth and success of your business to any one strategy? If so, which?
Yes. My passionate belief that we can change our realities and positively impact lives and industries, by simply doing interesting things.
Have you had any failures as a businessman? How did you move past them?
Since running my research institute, a non-profit company, I have experienced a variety of failures. My failures essentially stem from not obtaining the results I want or having the results take too long. There is no real solution, but I think if you played with the strengths and weaknesses of your strategy, you could find it very helpful.
Do you have any business ideas that you would like to give insight on?
I think that it would be great to start a company that meets the needs of people and makes entering a hospital simple, enjoyable, and memorable.
What is something you recently spent $100 on that you’d never regret?
Recently? Hmmm… Probably something for my kids, they love movies, legos, tv series, figurines, and all of that stuff. Professionally, I would probably say my new web domains. I have been thinking of starting a new NGO and these sites could potentially harbor my idea.
Do use any softwares or tools to help you stay productive?
I absolutely love using Evernote and Trello.
Are there any books you would recommend our readers to read?
Most likely “The Exegesis” by Philip Dick.
Do you have a favorite quote? From who?
I would say a quote by Da Vinci. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”