Let’s look at it this way, if I’m a CEO then I have a responsibility to my people and to service their needs. And right now, those people are me. And I - need money. So, what’s the lay of the land and what’s the play, Captain Krystian?
The lay of the land right now is that I am in America, running out of money, with an idea, and a dream: help people understand their supply chains. I want you to be able to talk to Siri, Alexa, Google, Larry, or whatever voice you want and hear what your supply chain is doing. Plus to pay rent that... would be amazing. Actually, an Aston Martin would be amazing, paying rent would be acceptable.
Before I started working in logistics and supply chain I was working in commercial flooring. Back then I wanted a way to easier to manage my day since the means at the time was an A4 piece of paper with a list of prioritized tasks on it. The idea at the time was to take that list and digitize it, along with giving access to that list to my boss and co-workers. It went well, my mate made the prototype and we actually tested it. But I left the company and that idea went quiet. Looking back, that idea (pretty sure I called it JobLog) is trying to do the same thing, create a list of data that many people can see because: when people are on the same page, work is done faster and more efficiently. Meaning, less stress and more time for other things.
Long story short after that I started, as a cadet, in logistics and supply chain and eventually tried to do the same thing: get multiple nodes onto the same page because: when people are on the same page, work is done faster and more efficiently. Meaning, less stress and more time for other things.
Outcome is the best combination of ideas I've had to date which are capable of making this happen. By creating a data network, similar to Transit Key, and providing context for that data with free-quality content and targetting small to medium-sized logistics nodes which generally get ignored. I truly believe this is the way forward to a world where nodes in the supply chain are equipped to deal with the new customer-centric hyper-demanding world we are in/newly navigating through. As people, as businesses, as an industry.
Back the problem at hand, there's bound to be a lot of these, I mean what do we have here. An idea, which was very well received when I pitched it at HEX 1.6, and me in the driver's seat to execute it. So that's an idea plus six years of supply chain experience, ten years of work experience, and twenty-seven years of life experience. What could possibly go wrong?
A lot, a lot could go wrong but rather than dwell on this, I'm going to do what every self-help-motivational meme, blog, and book says. Focus on the future, the bright, optimistic, and in some ways nieve future. I have to - I want to, for three reasons. First, I don't know what I would do if I worked for someone else, I know I would work extremely hard at whatever it would be, but right now, I want to see what is possible here. Secondly, when I do something, I like to go all in, I put my best ideas in and create quality and put simply, the next thing I make - I want to reap the maximum rewards. And thirdly, all of my ideas relate to this idea (Outcome) and what I believe it is capable of being i.e. I don't really want to work on anything else. Even though, at this point in time, I may have to, given the whole... running out of money thing.
That essentially is the lay of the land, I have an idea, I am running out of money, and as of right now I have the luxury of time - I'm on holidays right... I can Do whatever I want, and what I want to do. Is to run Outcome, doing so means solving the first few issues:
1) Make money doing something.
2) Validation of the concept - in order to achieve product-market fit.
Ideas on how to achieve these things:
1) I mean of course there are ways to make quick cash, but if it isn't obvious I'm talking about making money as Outcome: the data services, supply chain understanding and visibility company... I'll workshop that.
The only thing that really comes to mind straight away, given the platform isn't built yet, is to run workshops. Workshops are great for helping people understand their supply chains because you get everyone in the same room, on the same page, and work together to understand (it works great, look at the Ideathon if you want to know more).
So tomorrow, I spend time profiling who could use this service - Outcomes first product on the road to the ultimate Outcome: the prolific understanding of logistics and supply chain.
2) Validation: this is task two, how to validate the next phases of Outcome, those being content and the data platform... This means... I need a survey, I need more data. I'll work on that too.
There is it, Outcome has started, research and validation surveys are the tasks. Captain Krystian on duty.
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09/01/2019 1:18 AM Washington D.C.