During the Houston leg of our True Quality Roadshow series, we had the opportunity to sit down with Dan Purvis, CEO of Velentium and author of "28 Days to Save The World."
Dan tells the story of how his company weathered the early days of startup life, and how the pandemic - which took so many companies down - turned out to be the springboard that tested the culture that Dan and his co-founder had molded from the very beginning.
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Some of the highlights include:
- The role Velentium played in upscaling the production of ventilators during the pandemic - this was a significant achievement and showcases Velentiums leadership, collaboration, and company responsiveness during this worldwide crisis.
- Real-life challenges faced by companies, especially dramatic stories like the purchase of parts without a PO and the personal involvement of the leadership, and paint a vivid picture of commitment and dedication.
- The central theme of a company's mission ("We exist to change lives for a better world") and how it guides its decisions is foundational and deeply impactful.
- The pivotal role that company culture plays, even when compared to strategic planning.
- The long-term vision of a company, and we emphasize that while actions and technologies change, the core mission remains constant.
- The decisions Dan was faced with, such as how (or if!) to pay employees during a crisis, and we highlight the ethical considerations a company has to make, and how to stay aligned with a company's core values.
- The emphasis on finding clients to fund growth rather than relying on investors - this is not only pragmatic advice for startups but also provides a unique perspective on business growth.
"Because as a leader, if you don't clearly know where you're headed, it's really hard to get a bunch of people to follow you. And I don't want people to follow me. I want them to race me up the mountain, which is the one that we've all decided to ascend together."