We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Kinder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process starts with an initial question “how do we usher in the next generation of manufacturing capabilities?” At the time we founded Veryable in 2016, we had already charted the landscape of industrial innovation and identified all the factors contributing to stagnation in adoption. We could not envision a scenario where the landscape congealed at the pace it should without a more compelling value proposition and more support with the solution architecture. Therefore, we founded Veryable with the intention of introducing a new option around labor management as the logical first step in the journey of next generation manufacturing. Once this initial operating model with higher labor agility and flexibility is established, the full suite of industrial technology starts to make more sense and look more compelling.
What should our readers know about your business?
What we are building at Veryable may seem straight-forward on the surface but what we’re trying to do is about as bold as it gets. Fundamentally we are trying to move an entire sector into the next generation. The manufacturing sector is old and stubborn, and justifiably so. The land of atoms is such different than the land of bits. Bringing transformational change into manufacturing is no small task. The key is to find the appropriate starting point and catch the sector in sync. We have done an admirable job in designing our product and methodology in a way that is value-add from Day 1. In order to be successful with a manufacturing solution, you have to be able to drive value creation immediately and limit the downside risk.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spots in the city are the Fort Worth stockyards and Pioneer Park. I enjoy these types of historical areas that give us a flavor of our heritage. It’s common to take for granted the luxuries we have in modern society and overlook the sacrifices of those that came before us. There’s an element of gratitude involved and embracing that gratitude for history is a healthy orientation. The pioneer spirit is central to American culture and empowering in the entrepreneurial experience.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my co-founder, Noah Labhart. Noah has been the architect of our platform and a thought leader in the emerging space of industrial innovation.