- Product Design: Matt O’Keefe has been working on a new Ride Studio Cafe community table. We’ve been working on making it out of repurposed materials: the legs are from an old lathe we had and the top is from a spare workbench. It weighs a few hundred pounds so we have to put it on wheels. Working on an unusual setup for that.
- Process Improvement: We’ve been having some interesting discussions at Seven Cycles about water bottle placement. Super exciting, I know. But it is really engaging to me – but probably not really to anyone else. One of the reasons it’s worth mentioning is because it’s a perfect example of the tension between solutions that are technology driven vs. solved with simple-technology. In this case it’s about a software solution vs. a hardware solution. I rarely choose software. Nearly everyone with which I work – and all consultants – prefer software answers. This water bottle challenge is great because we’re actually going to do a hybrid of both. Sacrilege for me.
- Consulting: I went to the TechStars investor demo this evening. Here’s an overview of the 13 start-ups that were looking to raise funding. The group with which I’ve worked was one of the 13; they presented and did a great job. I have no doubt they’ll raise the money they want. They were one of only two product companies; the rest were software companies. Hardware yay.
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.
– T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding