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Niko Skievaski, shown above at 100state's offices from 2013, has helped develop Redox into one of Madison's most rapidly growing startups.

PHOTO BY JOHN HART -- State Journal

As of this week, a Madison entrepreneur and economist now has something in common with the Olympian Simone Biles and reality TV diva Kylie Jenner: A place on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list.

Niko Skievaski, the president and cofounder of the medical records software company Redox, made Forbes' coveted rundown earlier this week. He is actually among 600 individuals to make the cut, since Forbes publishes multiple "30 Under 30" lists across different categories, from sports to venture capital. In the case of Skievaski, the honor was for innovators in the realm of health care.

In the brief writeup, the magazine hailed Skievaski for tackling "one of the biggest problems in health care: getting data from one place to another."

For those interoperability issues within the industry, Redox has been making considerable inroads in developing a technical solution. Specifically, the company is developing an API — an interface for two different computer systems to talk with each other — allowing people to more easily transfer health data.

In an emailed newsletter, Skievaski said that if anything, he felt sheepish about receiving the laurels from Forbes.

"If you've been following our journey over the past few years, you'll know that Redox isn't the type of company led by a visionary flanked by soldiers. We're a team in every sense of the word and I grew red in being plucked out of it," wrote Skievaski.

Skievaski nevertheless went on to thank Forbes, as well as his team.

"I'm a scapegoat with three weeks until my 30th birthday — just happy to be on this rocket with my best friends," he wrote.

Skievaski's first foray into health care technology was as an administrator with Epic Systems, the electronic medical records giant based in Verona. In 2013, he left the company to found the coworking group 100state with a team of other ex-Epic leaders. The launch of Redox would come a year later.

Besides leading his rapidly growing venture, Skievaski has lectured on economics at Madison College. Last summer, he also joined the San Francisco software giant Cisco Systems as its entrepreneur-in-residence.

Besides Skievaski, there's at least one other Madison connection on Forbes' list: Anurag Garg, the creator of a software platform for the class of internet-connected gadgets known as the "Internet of Things." Garg and his company, called Dattus, are based in Indianapolis, but were in Madison last year while participating in the gener8tor startup accelerator program.

Erik Lorenzsonn is the Capital Times' tech and culture reporter. He joined the team in 2016, after having served as an online editor for Wisconsin Public Radio and having written for publications like The Progressive Magazine and The Poughkeepsie Journal.