Monday, June 23, 2008

A Great Team Pulling Hard on a Mission

I need to take a post to talk a little about the team you have pulling for you in building a next generation American Car company, because from stem to stern they are a phenomenal group.

Today's work is a great case in point, so I thought I would illuminate the goings on.

In the front office, the web team of Charles and Priyanka, led by Tim, were training on and implementing object oriented programming while beginning the code for 7 new pages on the site. At the same time, they were writing data-mining engines to analyze our customer profiles, and preparing for the upload of our next competition using increased functionality.

Farther across the front office, Tim was also collaborating with our design head, Ben, on a contract hire that Ben had just arranged to alleviate some graphic design pressure he was facing in order to free up his time to direct car design both within our competition and in our build process. At this same time, Ben was collaborating with the engineers, Dave, Mike and Dan, on both the guidelines for the next competition that he had developed, and the raw market analysis data that Dan had been parsing.

In between those collaborations, Dave and Mike were preparing for a day of intense training in a new visualization suite called Rapidform that will give them the ability to manipulate more accurately and to use better the point cloud data captured by our scanning equipment. At the same time, Dan was working on the underpinnings of refined forecast data to improve our business model assumptions. Additionally, Dave, has been researching the use of our partner 6 axis mill to shape our body work, while Mike has been carefully blogging about the results of their week long trip to Los Angeles where they saw a full slate of potential partners and offerings in the body production business.

Karin put in a herculean half-day at the shop managing the payroll, coordinating with Dan to improve our financial forecasting, leading the hiring process for a new permanent hire we are hoping to bring on this summer, while juggling the mundane but critical direction of our new business card graphics.

Additionally, at this same time, two of our outside advisors have been working overtime to study our latest progress and to recommend certain business process patents that we might be in a position to pursue. This advisory effort has been continuing while our board members have been nimbly reacting to strategic options that have presented themselves in the course of the last month.

Somewhat outside of the office, our community was even pulling hard by congratulating Ari on her wedding this weekend and wishing her well on her honeymoon. She this design created just for them. It is the magical gift of a thoughtful and talented community member, Aurelien Francois:





(Just Married in "Elvira", Aurelien Francois)

Though the emails she has been sending to the office from a sandy beach say otherwise, we have encouraged and implored her to take some time to enjoy herself and forget about all that we are doing for a week. I know it is a challenge for her.

Just another day in Local Motors, and I thought you would want to know. Rarely have I worked with such a high-performing team, and I am so proud to have been here to watch as they have come together to bind their vision and insight to this mission.

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