Thursday's Southern Oregon Business Conference at the Inn at The Commons in Medford
Adam Cuppy, chief operating officer at Coding Zeal in downtown Medford, is both an evangelist for Southern Oregon and passionate pursuer of solving problems for clients. Coding Zeal is a web and mobile applications agency.
Gross, unadulterated enthusiasm is Cuppy’s catch phrase.
Why set up shop in the Rogue Valley?
“It wasn’t a question of ‘let me evaluate the validity of moving here, Bend or somewhere else,’ ” Cuppy said. “That stuff, of course comes to mind. It all has to do with accessibility. If I want to be in San Francisco, the people I want to work with are more accessible, Portland more accessible. But my values are not to making money, it’s living the life I want to live. I’m more driven to wanting to live here. So then it’s ‘Can you make it work here? Well, Why not? There are 200,000 people living here, I only need that big (holding fingers slightly apart) of a percentage of it.
“We deal in fewer transactions with super-huge numbers. There are benefits to that and also a lot of pros and cons. A brick –and-mortar store where the average sized transaction is $20, that 200,000 becomes really important. For us, we deal in less than 20 money transactions a month, but that total is very high.
“We didn’t do a very good job initially, and asked is this right place. But I don’t think that was the issue. If you are focusing on the logistics right out of the gate you’re going to miss the most important part of starting a business. You are trying to solve a problem. If you focus on the why, you are going be passionate and you are going to drive something forward. Passionate people begat energy and passionate people will drive more passionate people and people seeing that passion will reward you with more money.”
We have a deep interest in how the Internet of things will change.
“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also changed the world,” Cuppy said.
The tipping point for great innovation and entrepreneurs emerge when opportunity matched with economic viability, attractiveness, growth capacity are coupled with regional development, location and recreation, and education.
Copier paper, film and then medical diagnostic images have all been part of Carestream’s existence in White City.
In 1964 it began as 3M, now in under its Onyx ownership, the plant is part of technology involving flexible screens.
“Quantum dots is the next wave of technology if you’re into high-definition TV,” said Mike Tylutki Carestream’s White City site manager.
Recruiting difficult is here, but expanding local technology base will help.
Linx Technologies owns the only elevator in Merlin.
The Internet of Things is Latif’s subject. Companies use Linx’ technology in developing their technology.
Linx makes three products in faub’s used for bank entry systems and the inward workings for boat trolling motors.
The defnition: Sensors, actuators, data communications and intelligence that go into products from the Internet.
“My wife says the thermostat acts like it has a mind of its own, I tell her that’s the point,” Latif said.
The connections are so cheap that you can connect any device for free, through your home Internet. Your TV, your refrigerator, your washing machine. Samsung says 100 percent of products will have Internet connections in five years.