In several previous posts I have mentioned that my company is undergoing a radical shift in focus. I had hoped to have my business website completed by the beginning of September so that I could have a kind of “grand reopening” and show everyone what I am up to, but between travel and other delays I am not quite on schedule.
The website has indeed changed as you can tell if you click on the link above. The video will be completed this week by my friend Allie of Signature Media Group in Atlanta, it will be on the home page shortly.
The biggest change is that I will not be doing much design and programming work any more. Over the last couple of years I have worked on some fun projects, but it is difficult to respond to customers well when I am involved in jobs that last for several months. My focus will be more on training and consulting. To this end I have formed relationships with some other companies that I will elaborate on at a later date. This forms the “services” part of the company.
You will also notice a “products” link. The only product I have listed currently is my book, which is already sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and several other outlets. The main reason for listing the book on my business site is simply to create an “e-commerce” presence for later products. This is where the biggest change will be seen. (By the way, this is where you would get an autographed copy if you want one!)
I am working on a very large software project that will ultimately be the focus of the company. I have sent questionnaires out to quite a few of my business contacts (contact me if you’d like to participate). The questions are to help refine my concept, which is to develop tools for every stage of machine design; from part selection and quoting to timing diagrams and component sizing and on to software design and documentation. Many of these tools already exist, though not in an inter-related way. Developing this from the idea stage to a full commercial package will take expertise far beyond mine and involve people I haven’t even met yet. It will take years to complete. To accomplish this goal I am in contact with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and am doing a whole lot of networking. Let me know if you want to know more or get involved, its going to be a lot of fun!
I intend for this site to remain about the way it has been, covering topics of interest to those involved in machine design and engineering, programming, fabrication and industrial subjects. My business site will be more focused on the business aspect of manufacturing, with links back and forth as mutually interesting topics are covered. To that end, if you have something you’d like to share on this site, contact me!