Connected conversations: Jordan Appleson, CEO, Hark

Connected conversations sees DHA talking to some of the digital health industry’s brightest names. Talking to us this time is Jordan Appleson, CEO of Hark, a Leeds-based IoT environmental monitoring company. Hark  has recently placed itself uniquely within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors as its platform can help companies monitor environmental data in the research, manufacturing and storing of health care products, drugs, vaccines and blood.


What’s your greatest pleasure?

My greatest pleasure? I don’t have a single specific pleasure however I’d have to say eating take-away while writing code.


Describe your average day in five words

Intense. Fast paced. Funny. Challenging. Emotional.


What interested you in the digital health?

It’s so multi-faceted and broad and with respect to problems that need solving; this interests me greatly. Various technical challenges surround digital health, be it ERP systems, public and social data relating to pollution and health effects. The amount of data that is generated and being generated that when turned into information will have a tangible benefit on peoples’ lives is interesting.


What inspires you to go to work?

I like to solve problems with technology and I like to build things. What we are building at Hark is fun to work on yet challenging in a way that makes you want to spend all day and night working on it.


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

When I get caught up in solving a problem it can keep me up all night. I end up working for hours and hours with tunnel-vision which can be detrimental to the other things I need to do!


What do you deplore in others?

Unjustified arrogance.


What do you love about your job?

The people, the technology and the direction. The people I work with are very clever and I’m always learning from them. The technology we work with is first-class, bleeding edge and the direction leads us to be very fast-paced.


One thing you would change about it if you could?

I wish there were more people working with us but that will come in time.


If you didn’t do this job, what would you like to do?

I don’t think there’s anything else I’d want to do! Maybe a rock-star.


Which device would you like to have invented?

The Microprocessor.


For more information on Hark and Jordan Appleson’s thoughts on digital health, check out his Twitter and LinkedIn profiles.



Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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