Dale: One of the things that drew me to Miovision was I feel this industry is ripe for disruption. Where you really see excitement in the industry is places where disruption was obvious, once you understood what people were doing, and you ask yourself, “Why wasn’t this done before?”
People look at Uber and say the taxi industry was ripe for disruption by a relatively simple solution. Uber just made it happen. Now it’s like, “Why hasn’t there always been an Uber? Why haven’t I always been able to get a ride from random people?”
Well, Miovision, too, is trying to disrupt an industry that has been around and been one way for a really long time. A very little bit of technology can really make a giant impact in this market. I’m not sure it’s even clear to the people who will be our customers yet how big of an impact it can or will have in a relatively short period of time, because they haven’t seen that attempt at innovating yet… at least not in the last 30, or however many, years.
Corey: Looking back to even 10 years ago, if you tried to imagine a world where people talked about this “internet of things” — which is a terrible expression because if things are useless, it’s not a valuable thing –Miovision is a very early internet-of-things company.
We’re about the opportunity to have this idea of a connected world where the data you’re getting from your things is novel but also valuable, not like “Your coffee-pot is empty.” Traffic and transportation and smart cities and things like that, those are valuable things to society.
Those are things where everyone is like, “It would be great if cities were much better organized or much more fluid or pedestrians and bikes were a lot more involved in the city transportation scheme.”
Everyone sees that and is like, “Yeah, that would be great but how do we actually do it?” Miovision is a company that wants to achieve that. Working on something that you’re really proud of should be a huge part of an engineer’s career, but too few ever get an opportunity to experience it.
Curt: This might be a good point to touch on the idea of innovation as a buzzword. When I worked at some of the big tech companies, especially when things started getting a little smelly or funny looking, there was a lot of downward pressure from the top to be innovative.
There used to be talks and memos: “Developers, you should be innovative. Find ways to be innovative. We want you to be more innovative. We’re going to put an innovation scale on your performance reviews. How innovative are you? Go and be innovative.”
When you try to push innovation from (Dilbert’s) Pointy-Haired Boss down, it just doesn’t happen. The big corporate software development companies don’t get that. Who does get it are the people who are doing Miovision’s kind of agile, lean, people-first approach.
Companies like us are creativity-based companies who realize that innovation comes as a spring. It bubbles up from the ground. It bubbles up from the Dales and the Coreys and the Curts and somebody kind of going, “Man, there’s this cool piece of technology that would totally make our lives easier. We can throw in this code. We can do this thing better.” We can do it. That’s how we innovate here. We are empowered to do it.