Productivity

Vertafore’s Growth, Brodsky’s Advice, and Other Fireworks

April 4, 2017

Bet you didn’t think you’d hear from me this week! Sorry about the delay, but I spent a lot more time than I intended early this week reading Elon Musk’s latest book and the “Fantastic Future” that is the career innovator’s vision for the world. As I’m sure you can guess, I’m a big fan of his latest ventures—you know, like Tesla Motors and SpaceX—so getting a look inside the mind of the man himself made for pretty fascinating reading.

Full disclosure, I don’t know how well his management style would work for me, but there were definitely some key points I was able to take away…like that failure doesn’t necessarily mean failure. A pretty well known example is Apple, which would have never become the tech juggernaut we know today without Microsoft swooping in at the zero hour. Another view of his that I found pretty eye-opening was his perspective on automobiles. swooping in at the zero hour.

Another view of his that I found pretty eye-opening was his perspective on automobiles. You may have grown up hearing debates about this manufacturer or that manufacturer, country vs country, blah blah blah…Elon Musk wants you to know that the differences go about as deep as their carbon fiber shells.

You see, the inherent flaw that all conventional automobiles share is their sheer number of moving parts, or as engineers like to call them, “points of failure.” That’s why pretty much every car you’ve ever known to be owned breaks down on a fairly regular basis…there are just so many things that can go wrong.

Instead of getting trapped on an endless cycle of trying to make better Tesla reimagines the entire dynamic by paring down the traditional hundreds of parts to just 10. That means that not only is the Tesla the vehicle of the future from a fuel standpoint, but for utility and longevity as well…and that’s before we even get to the software updates. Yes, software updates.

Tesla regularly provides software updates for its customers, usually while they’re sleeping, so that they wake up in the morning with better cars. That’s a long way from the old school ritual of dragging your ride to the shop twice a year, and it’s that type of thinking we try to promote here at Archway as well. I was talking with a prospect the other day who told me about a tech guy he was working with that actually picked up his computer and took it offsite for repairs like some kind of caveman. Not us…we send our techs onsite through a network we use called Field Nation, and our clients like that much better.

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