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The Successful Contractor Podcast
Planning for Growth: Reagan Thomas from Travis Electrical Services in Clarksville, TN, and Larry Shoemaker from Deluxe Plumbing & Heating in Bethlehem, PA, Discuss Strategic Planning for a New Fiscal Year

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 70:42


The Successful Contractor Podcast is powered by CertainPath.  It's a show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: R.E. MICHEL COMPANY. With more than 270 sales locations coast to coast, R.E. Michel has grown to one of the nation's leading wholesale distributors of HVACR equipment, parts, and supplies. Our conveniently located branches carry an extensive inventory that meets the needs of its own market and its own customers. And if we don't have it, we'll find it. It's our mission to make the supply side of your HVACR business as easy as possible.  CertainPath members have access to a generous rebate program!  For more information, go to your CertainPath HUB, or email their CertainPath representative at (410) 553-3714 or tracy.johnson@remichel.com. Professional Plumbing Group. How many hours in a day do your plumbers waste because you do not have the right part for the job? This problem leads to additional issues and reduced productivity, poor customer satisfaction, and increases your cost per job. Professional Plumbing Group (PPG) can help you solve all those issues and more! We have everything you need to help your business grow and become more profitable by allowing you to focus on plumbing not inventory management, product selection and so much more. Go to authorizedplumberprogram.com for more information. Goodman. Goodman® is a brand of Daikin Comfort Technologies, Inc., the #1 HVAC manufacturer worldwide with one of the world's largest state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located near Houston, Texas. Since 1982, Goodman has focused on offering the best values for HVAC systems and supplies, producing energy-efficient, high-quality HVAC equipment that is easy to sell, install and maintain. Goodman's continuous efforts have helped contribute to the success of many HVAC contractors, like you.  Goodman produces a complete line of residential ducted split systems and packaged units. The company's product line is supported by numerous technology enhancements, many exclusive to the Goodman brand. One example of exclusivity is the Google Nest Thermostat E + Goodman thermostat, that brings together the helpfulness of Google with the year-round comfort of Goodman. Goodman also offers ComfortBridge® technology that allow Goodman systems to be connected to any 24-volt thermostat, and the CoolCloud app allows contractors to connect, configure, and diagnose wirelessly. It's no wonder millions of homeowners say, “Thank goodness for Goodman.®” Look for and be sure to “Follow” Goodman on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Staples- Staples is the leading provider in office supplies offering a vast selection of products and services. Over the last 2 years, Staples has also become one of the US largest janitorial suppliers as well. From your everyday business essentials to your office furniture, printing, facilities and breakroom, Staples can do it all. Staples offers benefits to help create efficacies in procurement and consolidate vendors to streamline internal processes. Visit wwww.staplesadvantage.com for learn more.  The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

The Successful Contractor Podcast
The Golden Rule: How Brian & Dave Wilson Have Grown Captain Electric in Pickering, ON, to a Profitable $2M Company by Creating a Culture of Looking after Their Team & Their Customers

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 62:30


The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath, is a show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: A.O. Smith. Thinking about replacing your old, inefficient water heater? Nothing brings together commercial-grade reliability and the latest water heating technology like the new Pro-Line family of water heaters from A.O. Smith. Whether you need a gas, electric or even a tankless, we have a model that will meet the needs of your lifestyle. Best of all, when you welcome an A.O. Smith water heater into your home, you're beginning a relationship with a long-trusted brand known for always taking care of our customers. A.O. Smith Water Heaters; Innovation Has A Name.   Shubee. ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code CPPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. Home Depot Pro Trades. At The Home Depot Pro Trades, our job is helping you do yours. Powered by HD Supply, we are uniquely positioned to help drive your business through unrivaled access to professional-grade Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC products and innovative business solutions such as our Stockwise Inventory Management program fully customizable to meet your needs and improve productivity. Our national network of distribution centers and more than 2200 store locations provide national reach with a local focus, providing unmatched convenience and product availability. We Power Pros to Do More.”   Goodman. Goodman® is a brand of Daikin Comfort Technologies, Inc., the #1 HVAC manufacturer worldwide with one of the world's largest state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located near Houston, Texas. Since 1982, Goodman has focused on offering the best values for HVAC systems and supplies, producing energy-efficient, high-quality HVAC equipment that is easy to sell, install and maintain. Goodman's continuous efforts have helped contribute to the success of many HVAC contractors, like you.  Goodman produces a complete line of residential ducted split systems and packaged units. The company's product line is supported by numerous technology enhancements, many exclusive to the Goodman brand. One example of exclusivity is the Google Nest Thermostat E + Goodman thermostat, that brings together the helpfulness of Google with the year-round comfort of Goodman. Goodman also offers ComfortBridge® technology that allow Goodman systems to be connected to any 24-volt thermostat, and the CoolCloud app allows contractors to connect, configure, and diagnose wirelessly. It's no wonder millions of homeowners say, “Thank goodness for Goodman.®” Look for and be sure to “Follow” Goodman on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

The Successful Contractor Podcast
$1.5 to $3.5M: How Bill Ragan Roofing in Nashville, TN, Used the CertainPath Model & Content Marketing to Quickly Grow

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 33:16


The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath, is a show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Zoeller.  Zoeller Pump Company's Aquanot® Fit 508 battery backup system offers an economical option for homeowners in need of dependable protection from basement flooding. The Aquanot® Fit 508 DC sump pump works alongside Zoeller submersible or pedestal pumps to provide up to 6 hours of continuous high-performance pumping when the primary pump either can't keep up, or power is interrupted. What really sets the Aquanot® Fit apart from any other system is its free connectivity with the Z Control® Cloud, allowing users to receive alerts and remotely connect to the system to test, silence, and configure. For more info on the Aquanot Fit and other water and wastewater solutions, visit zoellerpumps.com. Rheem- Brothers Richard and Donald Rheem founded Rheem Manufacturing Company in Emeryville, California in 1925. The company has produced a number of cutting-edge products in its 89 years of operation. Today, Rheem is North America's only manufacturer of HVAC, water heating, pool/spa heating, and commercial refrigeration solutions. For more information, go to rheem.com. Owens Corning AirCare™ Contractor Program- Uncover hidden opportunities and take your HVAC business to the next level with Owens Corning. Owens Corning has done the work to provide you with a turnkey system, from sales training to in-home tools, with a simple story that practically sells itself. Add duct replacement and attic insulation to your service offering as a part of our program and elevate your sales today. For more information, visit owenscorning.com/retrofit-contractor. Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code CPPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. Angi. Angi is one of the largest home services marketplace that connects qualified service professionals to project-ready homeowners. With over 25 years of experience and a network of more than 250,000 pros, we have helped more than 150 million people with their home needs. For service professionals, we are the source for everything from new customers and revenue streams, to reviews, payments and perks. With homeowners today investing more than ever, countless projects need a pro to take them on. We make the connection. Reach more homeowners with Angi The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

The Successful Contractor Podcast
New Generation in Contracting: Stepping into a Family Business, Earning Trust, Motivating Younger Workers, & More with RJ Romero of Metro-Flow Plumbing in Dallas, TX, & Gavin Urban of WireNut Home Services in Colorado Springs, CO

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 51:51


The Successful Contractor Podcast is powered by CertainPath.  It's a show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: MinuteMan Press-Des Peres- Minuteman Press-Des Peres is your preferred print and marketing service provider, helping SGI members grow their business since 2001. Through their knowledge and experience with the SGI programs, you will receive a fast turnaround and satisfaction guarantee on price guides, inspection forms, club materials and much more. In addition to specializing in the SGI proprietary tools, Minuteman Press-Des Peres also provides custom design services as well as templates to help you market your residential business. Like you, they are committed to your success! Minuteman Press-Des Peres is the ONLY Minuteman location affiliated with the SGI Partner network, providing member rebates & discounts. Contact Denise today for more information at 877-203-4769.  Zoeller-  Zoeller Pump Company's Aquanot® Fit 508 battery backup system offers an economical option for homeowners in need of dependable protection from basement flooding. The Aquanot® Fit 508 DC sump pump works alongside Zoeller submersible or pedestal pumps to provide up to 6 hours of continuous high-performance pumping when the primary pump either can't keep up, or power is interrupted. What really sets the Aquanot® Fit apart from any other system is its free connectivity with the Z Control® Cloud, allowing users to receive alerts and remotely connect to the system to test, silence, and configure. For more info on the Aquanot Fit and other water and wastewater solutions, visit zoellerpumps.com.  Staples- Staples is the leading provider in office supplies offering a vast selection of products and services. Over the last 2 years, Staples has also become one of the US largest janitorial suppliers as well. 

The Successful Contractor Podcast
$460K & Losing Money to $1.2+M & Highly Profitable: How Lambert Heating & Air Conditioning Altus, OK, Turned Its Fortunes Around by Hiring the Right People & Making One Change at a Time

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 36:28


The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath is a show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Professional Plumbing Group. How many hours in a day do your plumbers waste because you do not have the right part for the job? This problem leads to additional issues and reduced productivity, poor customer satisfaction, and increases your cost per job. Professional Plumbing Group (PPG) can help you solve all those issues and more! We have everything you need to help your business grow and become more profitable by allowing you to focus on plumbing not inventory management, product selection and so much more. Go to authorizedplumberprogram.com for more information. Rheem- Brothers Richard and Donald Rheem founded Rheem Manufacturing Company in Emeryville, California in 1925. The company has produced a number of cutting-edge products in its 89 years of operation. Today, Rheem is North America's only manufacturer of HVAC, water heating, pool/spa heating, and commercial refrigeration solutions. For more information, go to rheem.com. pulseM - pulseM is the #1 Review generation platform built for Home Services. The majority of CertainPath members use pulseM for Google Reviews, Customer Communication through text messaging and much more. To quote Bubba Thurman of Baker Brothers - “I can't say enough good things about pulseM - They match our core values and they do an unbelievable job.” For more information please visit pulsem.me. Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those 

The Voicebot Podcast
Muddu Sudhakar CEO of Aisera on Conversational AI Automation - Voicebot Podcast Ep 280

The Voicebot Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 49:06


Muddu Sudhakar is the founding CEO of Aisera an automation software company built around conversational AI technologies. He breaks down how the company began with internal helpdesk solutions and moved into other parts of the enterprise, including dev ops, contact center, and broader customer experience solutions. He stresses how all of Aisera solutions are focused on automating business processes.  Sudhakar is a former senior VP and GM at ServiceNow, Splunk, VMWare, and Pivotal. He was CEO at Caspida when the company was acquired by Splunk, where he assumed leadership for machine learning, AI, and analytics-based solutions. Sudhakar was also the CEO and founder of the big data startup Cetas, which was acquired by VMWare, and founded Sanera systems which was acquired by Brocade/McData. He began his career as an engineer at IBM and SGI and earned his PhD in computer science from UCLA.     

The Successful Contractor Podcast
Recruiting, Training, & Retaining the Next Generation of Technicians with Cindy Sheridan of PHCC Educational Foundation & Carl Pinto of Bradford White

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 45:05


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Bradford White- “Bradford White is a full line manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers. While being manufactured and assembled in the USA by American craftspeople, Bradford White's goal is to deliver high quality, superior products specifically built for the professional contractor. You can always count on the performance and reliability of our Built to be the Best™ products. Visit bradfordwhite.com to learn more.” Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code CPPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. Minuteman Press – Des Peres.  Minuteman Press-Des Peres is a complete marketing service provider, offering professional design and direct mail services. We have an extensive knowledge and experience in the residential service industry, as MinuteMan Press-Des Peres has been helping SGI members with price guides, inspection forms, club materials, postcards, and more since 2001!  MinuteMan Press-Des Peres is the ONLY Minuteman location affiliated with the SGI Preferred Partner network, providing you with member rebates & discounts. Contact Denise today for more information at 877-203-4769 

SJ@Noon
SJHL Insider Oct 13th

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 52:35


On this week's edition of SJHL Insider presented by SGI, SJHL Media Manager Jeromy Corrigan and Co-Host Clark Munroe talk about the last two days in the SJHL, check in on the latest stats, who's hot and who's not, and catch up with the Play by Play voice of the Battlefords North Stars Marty Martinson.

Astro arXiv | all categories
Collimation of the relativistic jet in the quasar 3C 273

Astro arXiv | all categories

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 1:02


Collimation of the relativistic jet in the quasar 3C 273 by Hiroki Okino et al. on Monday 10 October The collimation of relativistic jets launched from the vicinity of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at the centers of active galactic nuclei (AGN) is one of the key questions to understand the nature of AGN jets. However, little is known about the detailed jet structure for AGN like quasars since very high angular resolutions are required to resolve these objects. We present very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations of the archetypical quasar 3C 273 at 86 GHz, performed with the Global Millimeter VLBI Array, for the first time including the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Our observations achieve a high angular resolution down to $sim$60 ${rm mu}$as, resolving the innermost part of the jet ever on scales of $sim 10^5$ Schwarzschild radii. Our observations, including close-in-time High Sensitivity Array observations of 3C 273 at 15, 22, and 43 GHz, suggest that the inner jet collimates parabolically, while the outer jet expands conically, similar to jets from other nearby low luminosity AGN. We discovered the jet collimation break around $10^{7}$ Schwarzschild radii, providing the first compelling evidence for structural transition in a quasar jet. The location of the collimation break for 3C 273 is farther downstream the sphere of gravitational influence (SGI) from the central SMBH. With the results for other AGN jets, our results show that the end of the collimation zone in AGN jets is governed not only by the SGI of the SMBH but also by the more diverse properties of the central nuclei. arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/http://arxiv.org/abs/2112.12233v2

SJ@Noon
SJHL Insider Oct 6th

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 56:29


On this week's edition of SJHL Insider presented by SGI, SJHL Media Manager Jeromy Corrigan and co-host Clark Munroe chat about the last couple of days in the SJHL, the two undefeated teams remaining, the active Flin Flon Bombers, and a preview of another 10 game stretch in the league! Also, Happy Thanksgiving!

Venture Unlocked: The playbook for venture capital managers.
Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures on angel to 9 time Midas list investor, inception to scale at Felicis, and winning in today's crowded market

Venture Unlocked: The playbook for venture capital managers.

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 54:30


Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.This week we are excited to have Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, which since its founding in 2005 has become of the most successful early-stage funds in the world, having invested in companies such as Shopify, Canva, Opendoor, Guild, Flexport, Notion, and Plaid,  The Felicis portfolio has 45 Unicorns since it started in 2006 and Aydin is a 9-time Forbes Midas list investor. Outside of the outstanding track record, Aydin brings such an interesting point of view on venture investing. We went deep on the history of Felicis, his investment philosophy, and his overall perspectives on running a venture firm.A word from our sponsor:Aumni is an investment analytics company dedicated to improving private capital markets. Aumni's technology digitizes hard to track unstructured data from private transaction agreements and organizes it in a structured database through an intuitive dashboard. For investors across the board, the insights provided by this data improve the managers ability to build strategy and make better decisions. Today, Aumni tracks data from over 250 thousand private market transactions to provide anonymous, aggregated market benchmarks.As someone that works deeply in the private fund space, I'm incredibly excited that Aumni's solution helps fund managers provide more insightful accurate reporting to their investors.  Check them out at Aumni.fund.Subscribers of Venture Unlocked can sign up for 20% off when you mention Venture Unlocked.About Aydin Senkut:Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felicis. An original super angel turned multi-stage investor, he has been named on the Forbes Midas List for the past nine years (2014-2022) as well as the New York Times Top 20 Venture Capitalists list for four consecutive years (2016-2019). His recent focus areas include infrastructure, security, and future of health.He is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Adyen, Credit Karma (Acquired by Intuit), Fitbit, Guardant Health, Guideline, Notion, Opendoor, Pluralsight, Rovio, Shopify, and Soundhound.Prior to starting Felicis, Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google's first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products, and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for worldwide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI.He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University. He also earned an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School and a master's degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.In this episode we discuss:02:12 What led to starting Felicis05:52 Why he decided to start something new instead of staying with Google08:40 Moving from angel to “super angel”12:19 The first fund raise16:10 Takeaways from early rejections and how he kept refining his pitch20:09 What was Aydin's initial vision and how it has evolved over the years24:59 Teambuilding and early hires at Felicis29:02 How Felicis wins competitive deals through strategy35:11 When to bend a rule when it comes to unorthodox investments39:13 Commonalities of founders who create outlier opportunities42:24 How to be anti-fragile as an investor46:40 Trends in today's market that gets Aydin excited50:16 The advice he would have given himself in 2005I'd love to know what you took away from this conversation with Aydin. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you'd like to be considered as a guest or have someone you'd like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.Podcast Production support provided by Agent Bee Agency This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ventureunlocked.substack.com

SJ@Noon
SJHL Insider Sept 29th

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 54:43


SJHL Insider presented by SGI returns this week as SJHL Media Manager Jeromy Corrigan and Co-Host Clark Munroe breakdown the SJHL Showcase. They also catch up with the Voice of the Weyburn Red Wings Nick Nielson to hear about the Wings start to the year along with much more.

SJ@Noon
SJHL Weekly Sept 27th

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 63:15


On a Special edition of SJHL Weekly presented by SGI, SJHL Media Manager and Voice of the Hounds Jamie Neugebauer recap a jam packed Day 2 of the 2022 SJHL Showcase and preview Day 3 which has another 4 games on the schedule. The boys are also joined by Dale Derkatch, Western Scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets to hear the scouts perspective regarding the Showcase.

SJ@Noon
SJHL Weekly Sept 26th

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 59:32


SJHL Weekly presented by SGI is back live from the SJHL Showcase. Jeromy and Rory recap the weekend that was and preview the rest of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Showcase. The boys are also joined by Head Coach and General Manager of the Yorkton Terriers Mat Hehr to talk about the Terriers hot start to the 22/23 SJHL season.

The Successful Contractor Podcast
$14.5M to $20M by Placing a New Focus on Residential Service & Replacement: Rachel Cummings & Rustin Mayse of KMP Plumbing, Heating & Air in Mansfield, TX

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 73:45


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: pulseM - pulseM is the #1 Review generation platform built for Home Services. The majority of CertainPath members use pulseM for Google Reviews, Customer Communication through text messaging and much more. To quote Bubba Thurman of Baker Brothers - “I can't say enough good things about pulseM - They match our core values and they do an unbelievable job.” For more information please visit pulsem.me. Customer Lobby - Customer Lobby is a new member of the CertainPath partner network! Did you know it costs 5 times more to get a new customer than it does to retain an existing one? Customer Lobby gets you more repeat business by automatically sending postcards and emails to your customers at exactly the right time. Customer Lobby is THE best way for CertainPath contractors to increase revenue and make sure their customers are coming back again and again. To quote Jeff Katz from Clinton Electric - “Customer Lobby expanded our business to people that we never would've gotten revenue from” For more information please visit customerlobby.com. Home Depot Pro Trades. At The Home Depot Pro Trades, our job is helping you do yours. Powered by HD Supply, we are uniquely positioned to help drive your business through unrivaled access to professional-grade Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC products and innovative business solutions such as our Stockwise Inventory Management program fully customizable to meet your needs and improve productivity. Our national network of distribution centers and more than 2200 store locations provide national reach with a local focus, providing unmatched convenience and product availability. We Power Pros to Do More.”  Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code CPPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

SJ@Noon
SJHL Insider Episode #2

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 44:15


On Episode #2 of SJHL Insider presented by SGI, Media Manager Jeromy Corrigan dives into the last couple of days in the SJHL Season, Players of the Week, and the upcoming SJHL Showcase. He is also joined by the Play by Play voice of the Estevan Bruins Nolan Kowal to talk about the start of the season for the defending SJHL Champion Estevan Bruins.

Screaming in the Cloud
Azul and the Current State of the Java Ecosystem with Scott Sellers

Screaming in the Cloud

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 36:35


About ScottWith more than 28 years of successful leadership in building high technology companies and delivering advanced products to market, Scott provides the overall strategic leadership and visionary direction for Azul Systems.Scott has a consistent proven track record of vision, leadership, and success in enterprise, consumer and scientific markets. Prior to co-founding Azul Systems, Scott founded 3dfx Interactive, a graphics processor company that pioneered the 3D graphics market for personal computers and game consoles. Scott served at 3dfx as Vice President of Engineering, CTO and as a member of the board of directors and delivered 7 award-winning products and developed 14 different graphics processors. After a successful initial public offering, 3dfx was later acquired by NVIDIA Corporation.Prior to 3dfx, Scott was a CPU systems architect at Pellucid, later acquired by MediaVision. Before Pellucid, Scott was a member of the technical staff at Silicon Graphics where he designed high-performance workstations.Scott graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor of science, earning magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Scott has been granted 8 patents in high performance graphics and computing and is a regularly invited keynote speaker at industry conferences.Links Referenced:Azul: https://www.azul.com/ TranscriptAnnouncer: Hello, and welcome to Screaming in the Cloud with your host, Chief Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group, Corey Quinn. This weekly show features conversations with people doing interesting work in the world of cloud, thoughtful commentary on the state of the technical world, and ridiculous titles for which Corey refuses to apologize. This is Screaming in the Cloud.Corey: I come bearing ill tidings. Developers are responsible for more than ever these days. Not just the code that they write, but also the containers and the cloud infrastructure that their apps run on. Because serverless means it's still somebody's problem. And a big part of that responsibility is app security from code to cloud. And that's where our friend Snyk comes in. Snyk is a frictionless security platform that meets developers where they are - Finding and fixing vulnerabilities right from the CLI, IDEs, Repos, and Pipelines. Snyk integrates seamlessly with AWS offerings like code pipeline, EKS, ECR, and more! As well as things you're actually likely to be using. Deploy on AWS, secure with Snyk. Learn more at Snyk.co/scream That's S-N-Y-K.co/screamCorey: This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at AWS AppConfig. Engineers love to solve, and occasionally create, problems. But not when it's an on-call fire-drill at 4 in the morning. Software problems should drive innovation and collaboration, NOT stress, and sleeplessness, and threats of violence. That's why so many developers are realizing the value of AWS AppConfig Feature Flags. Feature Flags let developers push code to production, but hide that that feature from customers so that the developers can release their feature when it's ready. This practice allows for safe, fast, and convenient software development. You can seamlessly incorporate AppConfig Feature Flags into your AWS or cloud environment and ship your Features with excitement, not trepidation and fear. To get started, go to snark.cloud/appconfig. That's snark.cloud/appconfig.Corey: Welcome to Screaming in the Cloud. I'm Corey Quinn. My guest on this promoted episode today is Scott Sellers, CEO and co-founder of Azul. Scott, thank you for joining me.Scott: Thank you, Corey. I appreciate the opportunity in talking to you today.Corey: So, let's start with what you're doing these days. What is Azul? What do you folks do over there?Scott: Azul is an enterprise software and SaaS company that is focused on delivering more efficient Java solutions for our customers around the globe. We've been around for 20-plus years, and as an entrepreneur, we've really gone through various stages of different growth and different dynamics in the market. But at the end of the day, Azul is all about adding value for Java-based enterprises, Java-based applications, and really endearing ourselves to the Java community.Corey: This feels like the sort of space where there are an awful lot of great business cases to explore. When you look at what's needed in that market, there are a lot of things that pop up. The surprising part to me is that this is the direction that you personally went in. You started your career as a CPU architect, to my understanding. You were then one of the co-founders of 3dfx before it got acquired by Nvidia.You feel like you've spent your career more as a hardware guy than working on the SaaS side of the world. Is that a misunderstanding of your path, or have things changed, or is this just a new direction? Help me understand how you got here from where you were.Scott: I'm not exactly sure what the math would say because I continue to—can't figure out a way to stop time. But you're correct that my academic background, I was an electrical engineer at Princeton and started my career at Silicon Graphics. And that was when I did a lot of fantastic and fascinating work building workstations and high-end graphics systems, you know, back in the day when Silicon Graphics really was the who's who here in Silicon Valley. And so, a lot of my career began in the context of hardware. As you mentioned, I was one of the founders of graphics company called 3dfx that was one of, I think, arguably the pioneer in terms of bringing 3d graphics to the masses, if you will.And we had a great run of that. That was a really fun business to be a part of just because of what was going on in the 3d world. And we took that public and eventually sold that to Nvidia. And at that point, my itch, if you will, was really learning more about the enterprise segment. I'd been involved with professional graphics with SGI, I had been involved with consumer graphics with 3dfx.And I was fascinated just to learn about the enterprise segment. And met a couple people through a mutual friend around the 2001 timeframe, and they started talking about this thing called Java. And you know, I had of course heard about Java, but as a consumer graphics guy, didn't have a lot of knowledge about it or experience with it. And the more I learned about it, recognized that what was going on in the Java world—and credit to Sun for really creating, obviously, not only language, but building a community around Java—and recognized that new evolutions of developer paradigms really only come around once a decade if then, and was convinced and really got excited about the opportunity to ride the wave of Java and build a company around that.Corey: One of the blind spots that I have throughout the entire world of technology—and to be fair, I have many of them, but the one most relevant to this conversation, I suppose, is the Java ecosystem as a whole. I come from a background of being a grumpy Unix sysadmin—because I've never met a happy one of those in my entire career—and as a result, scripting languages is where everything that I worked with started off. And on the rare occasions, I worked in Java shops, it was, “Great. We're going to go—here's a WAR file. Go ahead and deploy this with Tomcat,” or whatever else people are going to use. But basically, “Don't worry your pretty little head about that.”At most, I have to worry about how to configure a heap or whatnot. But it's from the outside looking in, not having to deal with that entire ecosystem as a whole. And what I've seen from that particular perspective is that every time I start as a technologist, or even as a consumer trying to install some random software package in the depths of the internet, and I have to start thinking about Java, it always feels like I'm about to wind up in a confusing world. There are a number of software packages that I installed back in, I want to say the early-2010s or whatnot. “Oh, you need to have a Java runtime installed on your Mac,” for example.And okay, going through Oracle site, do I need the JRE? Do I need the JDK? Oh, there's OpenJDK, which kind of works, kind of doesn't. Amazon got into the space with Corretto, which because that sounds nothing whatsoever, like Java, but strange names coming from Amazon is basically par for the course for those folks. What is the current state of the Java ecosystem, for those of us who have—basically the closest we've ever gotten is JavaScript, which is nothing alike except for the name.Scott: And you know, frankly, given the protection around the name Java—and you know, that is a trademark that's owned by Oracle—it's amazing to me that JavaScript has been allowed to continue to be called JavaScript because as you point out, JavaScript has nothing to do with Java per se.Corey: Well, one thing they do have in common I found out somewhat recently is that Oracle also owns the trademark for JavaScript.Scott: Ah, there you go. Maybe that's why it continues.Corey: They're basically a law firm—three law firms in a trench coat, masquerading as a tech company some days.Scott: Right. But anyway, it is a confusing thing because you know, I think, arguably, JavaScript, by the numbers, probably has more programmers than any other language in the world, just given its popularity as a web language. But to your question about Java specifically, it's had an evolving life, and I think the state where it is today, I think it's in the most exciting place it's ever been. And I'll walk you through kind of why I believe that to be the case.But Java has evolved over time from its inception back in the days when it was called, I think it was Oak when it was originally conceived, and Sun had eventually branded it as Java. And at the time, it truly was owned by Sun, meaning it was proprietary code; it had to be licensed. And even though Sun gave it away, in most cases, it still at the end of the day, it was a commercially licensed product, if you will, and platform. And if you think about today's world, it would not be conceivable to create something that became so popular with programmers that was a commercially licensed product today. It almost would be mandated that it would be open-source to be able to really gain the type of traction that Java has gained.And so, even though Java was really garnering interest, you know, not only within the developer community, but also amongst commercial entities, right, everyone—and the era now I'm talking about is around the 2000 era—all of the major software vendors, whether it was obviously Sun, but then you had Oracle, you had IBM, companies like BEA, were really starting to blossom at that point. It was a—you know, you could almost not find a commercial software entity that was not backing Java. But it was still all controlled by Sun. And all that success ultimately led to a strong outcry from the community saying this has to be open-source; this is too important to be beholden to a single vendor. And that decision was made by Sun prior to the Oracle acquisition, they actually open-sourced the Java runtime code and they created an open-source project called OpenJDK.And to Oracle's credit, when they bought Sun—which I think at the time when you really look back, Oracle really did not have a lot of track record, if you will, of being involved with an open-source community—and I think when Oracle acquired Sun, there was a lot of skepticism as to what's going to happen to Java. Is Oracle going to make this thing, you know, back to the old days, proprietary Oracle, et cetera? And really—Corey: I was too busy being heartbroken over Solaris at that point to pay much attention to the Java stuff, but it felt like it was this—sort of the same pattern, repeated across multiple ecosystems.Scott: Absolutely. And even though Sun had also open-sourced Solaris, with the OpenSolaris project, that was one of the kinds of things that it was still developed very much in a closed environment, and then they would kind of throw some code out into the open world. And no one really ran OpenSolaris because it wasn't fully compatible with Solaris. And so, that was a faint attempt, if you will.But Java was quite different. It was truly all open-sourced, and the big difference that—and again, I give Oracle a lot of credit for this because this was a very important time in the evolution of Java—that Oracle, maintained Sun's commitment to not only continue to open-source Java but most importantly, develop it in the open community. And so, you know, again, back and this is the 2008, ‘09, ‘10 timeframe, the evolution of Java, the decisions, the standards, you know, what goes in the platform, what doesn't, decisions about updates and those types of things, that truly became a community-led world and all done in the open-source. And credit to Oracle for continuing to do that. And that really began the transition away from proprietary implementations of Java to one that, very similar to Linux, has really thrived because of the true open-source nature of what Java is today.And that's enabled more and more companies to get involved with the evolution of Java. If you go to the OpenJDK page, you'll see all of the not only, you know, incredibly talented individuals that are involved with the evolution of Java, but again, a who's who in pretty much every major commercial entities in the enterprise software world is also somehow involved in the OpenJDK community. And so, it really is a very vibrant, evolving standard. And some of the tactical things that have happened along the way in terms of changing how versions of Java are released still also very much in the context of maintaining compatibility and finding that careful balance of evolving the platform, but at the same time, recognizing that there is a lot of Java applications out there, so you can't just take a right-hand turn and forget about the compatibility side of things. But we as a community overall, I think, have addressed that very effectively, and the result has been now I think Java is more popular than ever and continues to—we liken it kind of to the mortar and the brick walls of the enterprise. It's a given that it's going to be used, certainly by most of the enterprises worldwide today.Corey: There's a certain subset of folk who are convinced the Java, “Oh, it's this a legacy programming language, and nothing modern or forward-looking is going to be built in it.” Yeah, those people generally don't know what the internal language stack looks like at places like oh, I don't know, AWS, Google, and a few others, it is very much everywhere. But it also feels, on some level, like, it's a bit below the surface-level of awareness for the modern full-stack developer in some respects, right up until suddenly it's very much not. How is Java evolving in a cloud these days?Scott: Well, what we see happening—you know, this is true for—you know, I'm a techie, so I can talk about other techies. I mean as techies, we all like the new thing, right? I mean, it's not that exciting to talk about a language that's been around for 20-plus years. But that doesn't take away from the fact that we still all use keyboards. I mean, no one really talks about what keyboard they use anymore—unless you're really into keyboards—but at the end of the day, it's still a fundamental tool that you use every single day.And Java is kind of in the same situation. The reason that Java continues to be so fundamental is that it really comes back to kind of reinventing the wheel problem. Are there are other languages that are more efficient to code in? Absolutely. Are there other languages that, you know, have some capabilities that the Java doesn't have? Absolutely.But if you have the ability to reinvent everything from scratch, sure, go for it. And you also don't have to worry about well, can I find enough programmers in this, you know, new hot language, okay, good luck with that. You might be able to find dozens, but when you need to really scale a company into thousands or tens of thousands of developers, good luck finding, you know, everyone that knows, whatever your favorite hot language of the day is.Corey: It requires six years experience in a four-year-old language. Yeah, it's hard to find that, sometimes.Scott: Right. And you know, the reality is, is that really no application ever is developed from scratch, right? Even when an application is, quote, new, immediately, what you're using is frameworks and other things that have written long ago and proven to be very successful.Corey: And disturbing amounts of code copied and pasted from Stack Overflow.Scott: Absolutely.Corey: But that's one of those impolite things we don't say out loud very often.Scott: That's exactly right. So, nothing really is created from scratch anymore. And so, it's all about building blocks. And this is really where this snowball of Java is difficult to stop because there is so much third-party code out there—and by that, I mean, you know, open-source, commercial code, et cetera—that is just so leveraged and so useful to very quickly be able to take advantage of and, you know, allow developers to focus on truly new things, not reinventing the wheel for the hundredth time. And that's what's kind of hard about all these other languages is catching up to Java with all of the things that are immediately available for developers to use freely, right, because most of its open-source. That's a pretty fundamental Catch-22 about when you start talking about the evolution of new languages.Corey: I'm with you so far. The counterpoint though is that so much of what we're talking about in the world of Java is open-source; it is freely available. The OpenJDK, for example, says that right on the tin. You have built a company and you've been in business for 20 years. I have to imagine that this is not one of those stories where, “Oh, all the things we do, we give away for free. But that's okay. We make it up in volume.” Even the venture capitalist mindset tends to run out of patience on those kinds of timescales. What is it you actually do as a business that clearly, obviously delivers value for customers but also results in, you know, being able to meet payroll every week?Scott: Right? Absolutely. And I think what time has shown is that, with one very notable exception and very successful example being Red Hat, there are very, very few pure open-source companies whose business is only selling support services for free software. Most successful businesses that are based on open-source are in one-way shape or form adding value-added elements. And that's our strategy as well.The heart of everything we do is based on free code from OpenJDK, and we have a tremendous amount of business that we are following the Red Hat business model where we are selling support and long-term access and a huge variety of different operating system configurations, older Java versions. Still all free software, though, right, but we're selling support services for that. And that is, in essence, the classic Red Hat business model. And that business for us is incredibly high growth, very fast-moving, a lot of that business is because enterprises are tired of paying the very high price to Oracle for Java support and they're looking for an open-source alternative that is exactly the same thing, but comes in pure open-source form and with a vendor that is as reputable as Oracle. So, a lot of our businesses based on that.However, on top of that, we also have value-added elements. And so, our product that is called Azul Platform Prime is rooted in OpenJDK—it is OpenJDK—but then we've added value-added elements to that. And what those value-added elements create is, in essence, a better Java platform. And better in this context means faster, quicker to warm up, elimination of some of the inconsistencies of the Java runtime in terms of this nasty problem called garbage collection which causes applications to kind of bounce around in terms of performance limitations. And so, creating a better Java is another way that we have monetized our company is value-added elements that are built on top of OpenJDK. And I'd say that part of the business is very typical for the majority of enterprise software companies that are rooted in open-source. They're typically adding value-added components on top of the open-source technology, and that's our similar strategy as well.And then the third evolution for us, which again is very tried-and-true, is evolving the business also to add SaaS offerings. So today, the majority of our customers, even though they deploy in the cloud, they're stuck customer-managed and so they're responsible for where do I want to put my Java runtime on building out my stack and cetera, et cetera. And of course, that could be on-prem, but like I mentioned, the majority are in the cloud. We're evolving our product offerings also to have truly SaaS-based solutions so that customers don't even need to manage those types of stacks on their own anymore.Corey: On some level, it feels like we're talking about two different things when we talk about cloud and when we talk about programming languages, but increasingly, I'm starting to see across almost the entire ecosystem that different languages and different cloud providers are in many ways converging. How do you see Java changing as cloud-native becomes the default rather than the new thing?Scott: Great question. And I think the thing to recognize about, really, most popular programming languages today—I can think of very few exceptions—these languages were created, envisioned, implemented if you will, in a day when cloud was not top-of-mind, and in many cases, certainly in the case of Java, cloud didn't even exist when Java was originally conceived, nor was that the case when you know, other languages, such as Python, or JavaScript, or on and on. So, rethinking how these languages should evolve in very much the context of a cloud-native mentality is a really important initiative that we certainly are doing and I think the Java community is doing overall. And how you architect not only the application, but even the Java runtime itself can be fundamentally different if you know that the application is going to be deployed in the cloud.And I'll give you an example. Specifically, in the world of any type of runtime-based language—and JavaScript is an example of that; Python is an example of that; Java is an example of that—in all of those runtime-based environments, what that basically means is that when the application is run, there's a piece of software that's called the runtime that actually is running that application code. And so, you can think about it as a middleware piece of software that sits between the operating system and the application itself. And so, that runtime layer is common across those languages and those platforms that I mentioned. That runtime layer is evolving, and it's evolving in a way that is becoming more and more cloud-native in it's thinking.The process itself of actually taking the application, compiling it into whatever underlying architecture it may be running on—it could be an x86 instance running on Amazon; it could be, you know, for example, an ARM64, which Amazon has compute instances now that are based on an ARM64 processor that they call Graviton, which is really also kind of altering the price-performance of the compute instances on the AWS platform—that runtime layer magically takes an application that doesn't have to be aware of the underlying hardware and transforms that into a way that can be run. And that's a very expensive process; it's called just-in-time compiling, and that just-in-time compilation, in today's world—which wasn't really based on cloud thinking—every instance, every compute instance that you deploy, that same JIT compilation process is happening over and over again. And even if you deploy 100 instances for scalability, every one of those 100 instances is doing that same work. And so, it's very inefficient and very redundant. Contrast that to a cloud-native thinking: that compilation process should be a service; that service should be done once.The application—you know, one instance of the application is actually run and there are the other ninety-nine should just reuse that compilation process. And that shared compiler service should be scalable and should be able to scale up when applications are launched and you need more compilation resources, and then scaled right back down when you're through the compilation process and the application is more moving into the—you know, to the runtime phase of the application lifecycle. And so, these types of things are areas that we and others are working on in terms of evolving the Java runtime specifically to be more cloud-native.Corey: This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Sysdig. Sysdig secures your cloud from source to run. They believe, as do I, that DevOps and security are inextricably linked. If you wanna learn more about how they view this, check out their blog, it's definitely worth the read. To learn more about how they are absolutely getting it right from where I sit, visit Sysdig.com and tell them that I sent you. That's S Y S D I G.com. And my thanks to them for their continued support of this ridiculous nonsense.Corey: This feels like it gets even more critical when we're talking about things like serverless functions across basically all the cloud providers these days, where there's the whole setup, everything in the stack, get it running, get it listening, ready to go, to receive a single request and then shut itself down. It feels like there are a lot of operational efficiencies possible once you start optimizing from a starting point of yeah, this is what that environment looks like, rather than us big metal servers sitting in a rack 15 years ago.Scott: Yeah. I think the evolution of serverless appears to be headed more towards serverless containers as opposed to serverless functions. Serverless functions have a bunch of limitations in terms of when you think about it in the context of a complex, you know, microservices-based deployment framework. It's just not very efficient, to spin up and spin down instances of a function if that actually is being—it is any sort of performance or latency-sensitive type of applications. If you're doing something very rarely, sure, it's fine; it's efficient, it's elegant, et cetera.But any sort of thing that has real girth to it—and girth probably means that's what's driving your application infrastructure costs, that's what's driving your Amazon bill every month—those types of things typically are not going to be great for starting and stopping functional instances. And so, serverless is evolving more towards thinking about the container itself not having to worry about the underlying operating system or the instance on Amazon that it's running on. And that's where, you know, we see more and more of the evolution of serverless is thinking about it at a container-level as opposed to a functional level. And that appears to be a really healthy steady state, so it gets the benefits of not having to worry about all the underlying stuff, but at the same time, doesn't have the downside of trying to start and stop functional influences at a given point in time.Corey: It seems to me that there are really two ways of thinking about cloud. The first is what I think a lot of companies do their first outing when they're going into something like AWS. “Okay, we're going to get a bunch of virtual machines that they call instances in AWS, we're going to run things just like it's our data center except now data transfer to the internet is terrifyingly expensive.” The more quote-unquote, “Cloud-native” way of thinking about this is what you're alluding to where there's, “Here's some code that I wrote. I want to throw it to my cloud provider and just don't tell me about any of the infrastructure parts. Execute this code when these conditions are met and leave me alone.”Containers these days seem to be one of our best ways of getting there with a minimum of fuss and friction. What are you seeing in the enterprise space as far as adoption of those patterns go? Or are we seeing cloud repatriation showing up as a real thing and I'm just not in the right place to see it?Scott: Well, I think as a cloud journey evolves, there's no question that—and in fact it's even silly to say that cloud is here to stay because I think that became a reality many, many years ago. So really, the question is, what are the challenges now with cloud deployments? Cloud is absolutely a given. And I think you stated earlier, it's rare that, whether it's a new company or a new application, at least in most businesses that don't have specific regulatory requirements, that application is highly, highly likely to be envisioned to be initially and only deployed in the cloud. That's a great thing because you have so many advantages of not having to purchase infrastructure in advance, being able to tap into all of the various services that are available through the cloud providers. No one builds databases anymore; you're just tapping into the service that's provided by Azure or AWS, or what have you.And, you know, just that specific example is a huge amount of savings in terms of just overhead, and license costs, and those types of stuff, and there's countless examples of that. And so, the services that are available in the cloud are unquestioned. So, there's countless advantages of why you want to be in the cloud. The downside, however, the cloud that is, if at the end of the day, AWS, Microsoft with Azure, Google with GCP, they are making 30% margin on that cloud infrastructure. And in the days of hardware, when companies would actually buy their servers from Dell, or HP, et cetera, those businesses are 5% margin.And so, where's that 25% going? Well, the 25% is being paid for by the users of cloud, and as a result of that, when you look at it purely from an operational cost perspective, it is more expensive to run in the cloud than it is back in the legacy days, right? And that's not to say that the industry has made the wrong choice because there's so many advantages of being in cloud, there's no doubt about it. And there should be—you know, and the cloud providers deserve to take some amount of margin to provide the services that they provide; there's no doubt about that. The question is, how do you do the best of all worlds?And you know, there is a great blog by a couple of the partners in Andreessen Horowitz, they called this the Cloud Paradox. And the Cloud Paradox really talks about the challenges. It's really a Catch-22; how do you get all the benefits of cloud but do that in a way that is not overly taxing from a cost perspective? And a lot of it comes down to good practices and making sure that you have the right monitoring and culture within an enterprise to make sure that cloud cost is a primary thing that is discussed and metric, but then there's also technologies that can help so that you don't have to even think about what you really don't ever want to do: repatriating, which is about the concept of actually moving off the cloud back to the old way of doing things. So certainly, I don't believe repatriation is a practical solution for ongoing and increasing cloud costs. I believe technology is a solution to that.And there are technologies such as our product, Azul Platform Prime, that in essence, allows you to do more with less, right, get all the benefits of cloud, deploy in your Amazon environment, deploy in your Azure environment, et cetera, but imagine if instead of needing a hundred instances to handle your given workload, you could do that with 50 or 60. Tomorrow, that means that you can start savings and being able to do that simply by changing your JVM from a standard OpenJDK or Oracle JVM to something like Platform Prime, you can immediately start to start seeing the benefits from that. And so, a lot of our business now and our growth is coming from companies that are screaming under the ongoing cloud costs and trying to keep them in line, and using technology like Azul Platform Prime to help mitigate those costs.Corey: I think that there is a somewhat foolish approach that I'm seeing taken by a lot of folks where there are some companies that are existentially anti-cloud, if for no other reason than because if the cloud wins, then they don't really have a business anymore. The problem I see with that is that it seems that their solution across the board is to turn back the clock where if I'm going to build a startup, it's time for me to go buy some servers and a rack somewhere and start negotiating with bandwidth providers. I don't see that that is necessarily viable for almost anyone. We aren't living in 1995 anymore, despite how much some people like to pretend we are. It seems like if there are workloads—for which I agree, cloud is not necessarily an economic fit, first, I feel like the market will fix that in the fullness of time, but secondly, on an individual workload belonging in a certain place is radically different than, “Oh, none of our stuff should live on cloud. Everything belongs in a data center.” And I just think that companies lose all credibility when they start pretending that it's any other way.Scott: Right. I'd love to see the reaction of the venture capitalists' face when an entrepreneur walks in and talks about how their strategy for deploying their SaaS service is going to be buying hardware and renting some space in the local data center.Corey: Well, there is a good cost control method, if you think about it. I mean very few engineers are going to accidentally spin up an $8 million cluster in a data center a second time, just because there's no space left for it.Scott: And you're right; it does happen in the cloud as well. It's just, I agree with you completely that as part of the evolution of cloud, in general, is an ever-improving aspect of cost and awareness of cost and building in technologies that help mitigate that cost. So, I think that will continue to evolve. I think, you know, if you really think about the cloud journey, cost, I would say, is still in early phases of really technologies and practices and processes of allowing enterprises to really get their head around cost. I'd still say it's a fairly immature industry that is evolving quickly, just given the importance of it.And so, I think in the coming years, you're going to see a radical improvement in terms of cost awareness and technologies to help with costs, that again allows you to the best of all worlds. Because, you know, if you go back to the Dark Ages and you start thinking about buying servers and infrastructure, then you are really getting back to a mentality of, “I've got to deploy everything. I've got to buy software for my database. I've got to deploy it. What am I going to do about my authentication service? So, I got to buy this vendor's, you know, solution, et cetera.” And so, all that stuff just goes away in the world of cloud, so it's just not practical, in this day and age I think, to think about really building a business that's not cloud-native from the beginning.Corey: I really want to thank you for spending so much time talking to me about how you view the industry, the evolution we've seen in the Java ecosystem, and what you've been up to. If people want to learn more, where's the best place for them to find you?Scott: Well, there's a thing called a website that you may not have heard of, it's really cool.Corey: Can I build it in Java?Scott: W-W-dot—[laugh]. Yeah. Azul website obviously has an awful lot of information about that, Azul is spelled A-Z-U-L, and we sometimes get the question, “How in the world did you name a company—why did you name it Azul?”And it's kind of a funny story because back in the days of Azul when we thought about, hey, we want to be big and successful, and at the time, IBM was the gold standard in terms of success in the enterprise world. And you know, they were Big Blue, so we said, “Hey, we're going to be a little blue. Let's be Azul.” So, that's where we began. So obviously, go check out our site.We're very present, also, in the Java community. We're, you know, many developer conferences and talks. We sponsor and run many of what's called the Java User Groups, which are very popular 10-, 20-person meetups that happen around the globe on a regular basis. And so, you know, come check us out. And I appreciate everyone's time in listening to the podcast today.Corey: No, thank you very much for spending as much time with me as you have. It's appreciated.Scott: Thanks, Corey.Corey: Scott Sellers, CEO and co-founder of Azul. I'm Cloud Economist Corey Quinn, and this is Screaming in the Cloud. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice, whereas if you've hated this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice along with an entire copy of the terms and conditions from Oracle's version of the JDK.Corey: If your AWS bill keeps rising and your blood pressure is doing the same, then you need The Duckbill Group. We help companies fix their AWS bill by making it smaller and less horrifying. The Duckbill Group works for you, not AWS. We tailor recommendations to your business and we get to the point. Visit duckbillgroup.com to get started.Announcer: This has been a HumblePod production. Stay humble.

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Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 59:47


On this week's edition of SJHL Weekly presented by SGI, Jeromy, Rory, and Jaime recap the extremely busy opening weekend of the SJHL season, do some more early season predictions, and catch up with former Weyburn Red Wing and current U of R Cougar Mike Eskra.

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Win with Positivity: Ben Bakeris of Bakeris Roofing in Runnells, IA, Sold $2.2M in '21 and is On Track to Blow Past that Number in '22.

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 80:54


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code SGIPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. Redesign.co- This message is brought to you by Redesign.co.  As an SGI member, you can receive a 100% fully optimized website that's hosted for free!  Have a website you like already?  Redesign.co can dramatically boost your presence on Google free for 90 days.  Redesign.co also a full-service digital marketing agency that can assist you with all your online needs, including PPC.  Call 208.261.9898 or visit sgileads.com for more information—including, see how you can get a free consultation of your current website! pulseM - pulseM is the #1 Review generation platform built for Home Services. The majority of CertainPath members use pulseM for Google Reviews, Customer Communication through text messaging and much more. To quote Bubba Thurman of Baker Brothers - “I can't say enough good things about pulseM - They match our core values and they do an unbelievable job.” For more information please visit pulsem.me. Customer Lobby - Customer Lobby is a new member of the CertainPath partner network! Did you know it costs 5 times more to get a new customer than it does to retain an existing one? Customer Lobby gets you more repeat business by automatically sending postcards and emails to your customers at exactly the right time. Customer Lobby is THE best way for CertainPath contractors to increase revenue and make sure their customers are coming back again and again. To quote Jeff Katz from Clinton Electric - “Customer Lobby expanded our business to people that we never would've gotten revenue from” For more information please visit customerlobby.com The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

SJ@Noon
SJHL Insider Episode 1 w/ Benny Walchuk, Rory McGouran, and Mat Barrett

SJ@Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 44:22


On the debut episode of SJHL Insider presented by SGI, Media Manager Jeromy Corrigan dives deep into each division across the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Jeromy is joined by the Play by Play voice of voices of the Yorkton Terriers/Melville Millionaires Benny Walchuk, Humboldt Broncos Rory McGouran, and Melfort Mustangs Mat Barrett as they look at the Viterra, Global Ag Risk Solutions, and Sherwood Divisions.

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Performance Management: How to Build Loyalty Through Coaching with Frank Luersen from Home Team Electric in Palm Springs, CA, and Lindsey Rice-Tait from Always Plumbing & Heating in Edmonton, AB

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 79:21


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: R.E. MICHEL COMPANY. With more than 270 sales locations coast to coast, R.E. Michel has grown to one of the nation's leading wholesale distributors of HVACR equipment, parts, and supplies. Our conveniently located branches carry an extensive inventory that meets the needs of its own market and its own customers. And if we don't have it, we'll find it. It's our mission to make the supply side of your HVACR business as easy as possible.  CertainPath members have access to a generous rebate program!  For more information, go to your CertainPath HUB, or email their CertainPath representative at  Staples- Staples is the leading provider in office supplies offering a vast selection of products and services. Over the last 2 years, Staples has also become one of the US largest janitorial suppliers as well. From your everyday business essentials to your office furniture, printing, facilities and breakroom, Staples can do it all. Staples offers benefits to help create efficacies in procurement and consolidate vendors to streamline internal processes. Visit wwww.staplesadvantage.com for learn more.  NAVAC. As a technician in today's technology-driven landscape, you know how frustrating it can be when the tools you carry fall short, and can't live up to the demands of modern-day HVAC equipment. NAVAC is keenly aware of this; and uses that sentiment as the driving force for our innovation and standards for contractor tools. With over 25 years of design, research and manufacturing for the HVAC industry, NAVAC is proud to introduce the BreakFree Power Tubing Expander. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Breakfree Power Flaring Tool, we continue to empower contractors to automate tubing processes that will save time, energy and ultimately their bottom line. Visit navacglobal.com to learn more!” The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

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Building Momentum: Buric Heating & Air Conditioning in Columbia, MD, Has Grown from $600K to (on Target) to Hit $3M in a Few Short Years

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 55:27


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Staples- Staples is the leading provider in office supplies offering a vast selection of products and services. Over the last 2 years, Staples has also become one of the US largest janitorial suppliers as well. From your everyday business essentials to your office furniture, printing, facilities and breakroom, Staples can do it all. Staples offers benefits to help create efficacies in procurement and consolidate vendors to streamline internal processes. Visit wwww.staplesadvantage.com for learn more.  Synchrony – Ever wonder how to calculate your true cost of financing and how to fit the price of financing into your business and pricing for products and services?  In Synchrony's new and improved Toolbox website you can easily calculate your Cost of Credit, view educational videos and learn more about Synchrony's digital tools.  Simply to go toolbox.syf.com to explore and learn more.R.E. MICHEL COMPANY. With more than 270 sales locations coast to coast, R.E. Michel has grown to one of the nation's leading wholesale distributors of HVACR equipment, parts, and supplies. Our conveniently located branches carry an extensive inventory that meets the needs of its own market and its own customers. And if we don't have it, we'll find it. It's our mission to make the supply side of your HVACR business as easy as possible.  CertainPath members have access to a generous rebate program!  For more information, go to your CertainPath HUB, or email their CertainPath representative at (410) 553-3714 or tracy.johnson@remichel.com. The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

Claima Stories with Bimma
EP 67: Sevetri Wilson, Founder and CEO of Resilia

Claima Stories with Bimma

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 35:21


A serial entrepreneur, Sevetri Wilson started her first business while attending Louisiana State University, a newsletter, using her community as a resource to help her get things going. After college, at the age of 22, she founded Solid Ground Innovations, a full service strategic communications and management firm. As a self-proclaimed bootstrapper, she decided to take the next step in her journey to turn SGI into a scaleable platform by setting her sights on transforming the nonprofit sector through technology. As the Founder and CEO of Resilia, Sevetri has successfully raised millions of dollars in funding while being a changemaker in her community and beyond. Co-Founder of Claima and Former Nike Marketer, Bimma Williams interviews leading and emerging creatives and entrepreneurs of color about how they were able to build their own tables by turning their hobbies, side hustles, and ideas into thriving small businesses. From these stories, listeners will learn how to claim their dream careers by stepping into the world of entrepreneurship. Featuring Melody Ehsani, Jeff Staple, James Whitner and more. Follow Claima Stories and Bimma Williams on Instagram: @claimastories @bimmawilliamsAnd watch us on Youtube powered by Vista

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Aiming for $80M, Part 2: Jimmie Dale of Baker Brothers in DFW Talks about How to Strategically Use Your People; Call Center Structure & Management; Managing Materials Costs; Maintaining Culture as You Grow; and Private Equity in the Trades.

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Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 65:38


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Dynamic- Dynamic Air Quality Solutions supplies the private labeled Clean Air Defense System IAQ products exclusively to SGI members.  Based on science and logic these high performing IAQ products control all three phases of indoor air contamination and are supported by World Class technical and communication training for your entire team.  Learn how to build an IAQ culture within your company with highly profitable IAQ products, while helping your clients breathe Cleaner, Healthier, and Fresher indoor air.  To partner with us email Michelle Hogan today at worldclass@dynamicaqs.com . Shubee - ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code SGIPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. GOODMAN® - Since 1982, Goodman Manufacturing has focused on the goal of producing energy-efficient, high-quality HVAC equipment that is easy to sell, install and maintain. Goodman's continuous efforts have helped contribute to the success of HVAC dealers, like you, across towns and big cities throughout the country. Goodman produces a complete line of refreshingly affordable, ducted split systems and packaged units. The company's current product line is supported by numerous technology enhancements, many exclusive to the Goodman brand. It's no wonder millions of homeowners say, “Thank goodness for Goodman.®” pulseM - pulseM is the #1 Review generation platform built for Home Services. The majority of CertainPath members use pulseM for Google Reviews, Customer Communication through text messaging and much more. To quote Bubba Thurman of Baker Brothers - “I can't say enough good things about pulseM - They match our core values and they do an unbelievable job.” For more information please visit pulsem.me. Customer Lobby - Customer Lobby is a new member of the CertainPath partner network! Did you know it costs 5 times more to get a new customer than it does to retain an existing one? Customer Lobby gets you more repeat business by automatically sending postcards and emails to your customers at exactly the right time. Customer Lobby is THE best way for CertainPath contractors to increase revenue and make sure their customers are coming back again and again. To quote Jeff Katz from Clinton Electric - “Customer Lobby expanded our business to people that we never would've gotten revenue from” For more information please visit customerlobby.com The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

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Aiming for $80M, Part 1: Jimmie Dale of Baker Brothers in DFW Talks about How to Break into New Trades, Beat Off-Season Goals, Explode Your IAQ Sales, Find & Retain Great People, & More!

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 57:56


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Dynamic- Dynamic Air Quality Solutions supplies the private labeled Clean Air Defense System IAQ products exclusively to SGI members.  Based on science and logic these high performing IAQ products control all three phases of indoor air contamination and are supported by World Class technical and communication training for your entire team.  Learn how to build an IAQ culture within your company with highly profitable IAQ products, while helping your clients breathe Cleaner, Healthier, and Fresher indoor air.  To partner with us email Michelle Hogan today at worldclass@dynamicaqs.com . Shubee - ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code SGIPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. GOODMAN® - Since 1982, Goodman Manufacturing has focused on the goal of producing energy-efficient, high-quality HVAC equipment that is easy to sell, install and maintain. Goodman's continuous efforts have helped contribute to the success of HVAC dealers, like you, across towns and big cities throughout the country. Goodman produces a complete line of refreshingly affordable, ducted split systems and packaged units. The company's current product line is supported by numerous technology enhancements, many exclusive to the Goodman brand. It's no wonder millions of homeowners say, “Thank goodness for Goodman.®” pulseM - pulseM is the #1 Review generation platform built for Home Services. The majority of CertainPath members use pulseM for Google Reviews, Customer Communication through text messaging and much more. To quote Bubba Thurman of Baker Brothers - “I can't say enough good things about pulseM - They match our core values and they do an unbelievable job.” For more information please visit pulsem.me. Customer Lobby - Customer Lobby is a new member of the CertainPath partner network! Did you know it costs 5 times more to get a new customer than it does to retain an existing one? Customer Lobby gets you more repeat business by automatically sending postcards and emails to your customers at exactly the right time. Customer Lobby is THE best way for CertainPath contractors to increase revenue and make sure their customers are coming back again and again. To quote Jeff Katz from Clinton Electric - “Customer Lobby expanded our business to people that we never would've gotten revenue from” For more information please visit customerlobby.com The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

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Chat with Angi – Mallory Micetich, VP of Corporate Communications, & Mischa Fisher, Chief Economist, Discuss Home Services Trends, Economic Fluctuations, Labor Shortages, & More.

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 42:47


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Redesign.co- This message is brought to you by Redesign.co.  As an SGI member, you can receive a 100% fully optimized website that's hosted for free!  Have a website you like already?  Redesign.co can dramatically boost your presence on Google free for 90 days.  Redesign.co also a full-service digital marketing agency that can assist you with all your online needs, including PPC.  Call 208.261.9898 or visit sgileads.com for more information—including, see how you can get a free consultation of your current website! Angi. Angi is one of the largest home services marketplace that connects qualified service professionals to project-ready homeowners. With over 25 years of experience and a network of more than 250,000 pros, we have helped more than 150 million people with their home needs. For service professionals, we are the source for everything from new customers and revenue streams, to reviews, payments and perks. With homeowners today investing more than ever, countless projects need a pro to take them on. We make the connection. Reach more homeowners with Angi Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code SGIPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. Synchrony – Are your customer's reluctant to share their personal financial information with your sales team?  Help eliminate any customer concerns by allowing them to apply for financing using their personal device with Synchrony's Direct to Device technology.  This completely paperless process not only saves time, it helps reduce input error and frees your sales representative to handle other tasks.  Customers can apply using Direct to Device through a secure email sent to their device or by scanning a custom QR code.   For more information on Direct to Device and how to get set up, call your Synchrony sales team at 877 891-9803 or visit toolbox.syf.com   The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

Lotus Talk
The Heritage Of The Ultimate Law of Life

Lotus Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 15:11


Sgi should stop destroying its castle from within right? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alexander--lowe/message

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How to Run a Healthy Family Business with Lee & Bethany Amos from Master Plumbing, Heating & Air and Roof Plus' Anthony & Cheryl Lombardo

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 62:13


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Staples- Staples is the leading provider in office supplies offering a vast selection of products and services. Over the last 2 years, Staples has also become one of the US largest janitorial suppliers as well. From your everyday business essentials to your office furniture, printing, facilities and breakroom, Staples can do it all. Staples offers benefits to help create efficacies in procurement and consolidate vendors to streamline internal processes. Visit wwww.staplesadvantage.com for learn more.  Rheem- Brothers Richard and Donald Rheem founded Rheem Manufacturing Company in Emeryville, California in 1925. The company has produced a number of cutting-edge products in its 89 years of operation. Today, Rheem is North America's only manufacturer of HVAC, water heating, pool/spa heating, and commercial refrigeration solutions. For more information, go to rheem.com. Professional Plumbing Group. How many hours in a day do your plumbers waste because you do not have the right part for the job? This problem leads to additional issues and reduced productivity, poor customer satisfaction, and increases your cost per job. Professional Plumbing Group (PPG) can help you solve all those issues and more! We have everything you need to help your business grow and become more profitable by allowing you to focus on plumbing not inventory management, product selection and so much more. Go to authorizedplumberprogram.com for more information. pulseM - pulseM is the #1 Review generation platform built for Home Services. The majority of CertainPath members use pulseM for Google Reviews, Customer Communication through text messaging and much more. To quote Bubba Thurman of Baker Brothers - “I can't say enough good things about pulseM - They match our core values and they do an unbelievable job.” For more information please visit pulsem.me. GOODMAN® - Since 1982, Goodman Manufacturing has focused on the goal of producing energy-efficient, high-quality HVAC equipment that is easy to sell, install and maintain. Goodman's continuous efforts have helped contribute to the success of HVAC dealers, like you, across towns and big cities throughout the country. Goodman produces a complete line of refreshingly affordable, ducted split systems and packaged units. The company's current product line is supported by numerous technology enhancements, many exclusive to the Goodman brand. It's no wonder millions of homeowners say, “Thank goodness for Goodman.®” The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

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Quest to Be the Best: How Zach Wehrle, an Electrician from Safe Electric in Columbus, OH, Sold & Installed $570K in Residential Electrical Work Last Year

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 38:50


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Shubee- ShuBee makes it easy to take your customer service to the next level. Show your clients you care with their full line of extra-large, extra durable products made specifically to protect their home or business. ShuBee products were made by service professionals for service professionals. None of those cheap, thin shoe covers that tear on the job. Their booties are made tough. They have surface protection products for every floor type to make sure you don't leave behind scuffs or scrapes. And don't forget their coveralls. Made with an extra long torso for ease of motion, while keeping your uniform clean all day. Let ShuBee prevent the hassle of clean up by preventing the mess in the first place. Put your best foot forward with ShuBee today. Visit their website at www.shubee.com or give them a call today and mention coupon code SGIPOD10 to receive 10% off your next order. Rheem- Brothers Richard and Donald Rheem founded Rheem Manufacturing Company in Emeryville, California in 1925. The company has produced a number of cutting-edge products in its 89 years of operation. Today, Rheem is North America's only manufacturer of HVAC, water heating, pool/spa heating, and commercial refrigeration solutions. For more information, go to rheem.com. Staples- Staples is the leading provider in office supplies offering a vast selection of products and services. Over the last 2 years, Staples has also become one of the US largest janitorial suppliers as well. From your everyday business essentials to your office furniture, printing, facilities and breakroom, Staples can do it all. Staples offers benefits to help create efficacies in procurement and consolidate vendors to streamline internal processes. Visit wwww.staplesadvantage.com for learn more.   Dynamic- Dynamic Air Quality Solutions supplies the private labeled Clean Air Defense System IAQ products exclusively to SGI members.  Based on science and logic these high performing IAQ products control all three phases of indoor air contamination and are supported by World Class technical and communication training for your entire team.  Learn how to build an IAQ culture within your company with highly profitable IAQ products, while helping your clients breathe Cleaner, Healthier, and Fresher indoor air.  To partner with us email Michelle Hogan today at worldclass@dynamicaqs.com . The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.

Tools and Weapons with Brad Smith
Kai-Fu Lee: How AI teaches us what it means to be human

Tools and Weapons with Brad Smith

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 32:50


In 2017, leading AI expert Kai-Fu Lee shared a dire prediction: half of all jobs – both blue collar and white collar – could be automated within ten years, replacing the workforce with solutions built on artificial intelligence. Brad and Kai-Fu discuss what this coming change means for national economies and for people who care about their work. Kai-Fu lays out practical steps policy makers can take today to prepare, the three areas he believes human intelligence will continue to lead, and why he remains an AI optimist.Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has driven innovation in AI research and development for over three decades. He is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture's Artificial Intelligence Institute. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China, and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. In the field of AI, Dr. Lee built one of the first game playing programs to defeat a world champion, as well as the world's first large-vocabulary, speaker-independent continuous speech recognition system. His bestselling book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order discusses US-China co-leadership in the age of AI, as well as the greater societal impacts wrought by the AI technology revolution. His new co-authored book AI 2041 explores how AI will change our world over the next 20 years.Click here for the episode transcript.

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Latest on Impending HVAC Federal Regulation with Ben Middleton of Daikin and Allison Skidd from RHEEM

The Successful Contractor Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 41:23


Welcome to The Successful Contractor Podcast, Powered by CertainPath.  A show for residential contractors about residential contractors…  We chronicle business journeys, share insights, and celebrate successes in this wonderful industry.  Thank you to our sponsors: Home Depot Pro Trades. At The Home Depot Pro Trades, our job is helping you do yours. Powered by HD Supply, we are uniquely positioned to help drive your business through unrivaled access to professional-grade Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC products and innovative business solutions such as our Stockwise Inventory Management program fully customizable to meet your needs and improve productivity. Our national network of distribution centers and more than 2200 store locations provide national reach with a local focus, providing unmatched convenience and product availability. We Power Pros to Do More. MinuteMan Press-Des Peres- Minuteman Press-Des Peres is your preferred print and marketing service provider, helping SGI members grow their business since 2001. Through their knowledge and experience with the SGI programs, you will receive a fast turnaround and satisfaction guarantee on price guides, inspection forms, club materials and much more. In addition to specializing in the SGI proprietary tools, Minuteman Press-Des Peres also provides custom design services as well as templates to help you market your residential business. Like you, they are committed to your success! Minuteman Press-Des Peres is the ONLY Minuteman location affiliated with the SGI Partner network, providing member rebates & discounts. Contact Denise today for more information at 877-203-4769. LeakSmart.  LeakSmart is the world's most intelligent and reliable leak & flood protection system. It detects water leaks instantly, automatically shuts off a home's main water supply in 5 seconds or less to prevent any further damage, and notifies homeowners and installers immediately. Whether on its own or integrated into an existing smart home system like Nest, LeakSmart makes it easy for homeowners to protect their entire home from water damage 24/7, even if Internet and power go out.  Provide your customers with the best defense against catastrophic water damage and install a LeakSmart system today! To learn more, visit us at www.leaksmart.com. The Successful Contractor Podcast is a part of the CertainPath family.  CertainPath builds successful home service businesses—and has for 23 years.  We do it by providing contractors with a proven path to success, professional coaching, software solutions, and a member community of 1,000+ strong. Doubling your sales, with a 20% net profit, and an inspiring company culture is ALL possible.  Let us show you the way.  With CertainPath, Success is Made Certain. Visit www.mycertainpath.com for more information.