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Tinker, Tailor, Tech One – Interview with Matt Mincer

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While other kids were out playing sports or studying for the big test, Matt Mincer, founder of Tech One Biomedical, was fixing things. 

I was one of those kids that took everything apart and put it back together.” 

Tinkering and tooling around as often as he could, you might think that Mincer was born with tools in his hands. Mincer went to a local trade school to follow this passion. He graduated and landed a job at a local biomedical repair company in Memphis. 

Repairing medical equipment, specifically pathology equipment, was new to Mincer but a natural fit. Pathology equipment is anything used in a lab to study disease. Centrifuges, tissue processors, slide stainers, etc. If you can picture a lab technician using equipment, it’s probably something Mincer can fix. 

Birth of Tech One Biomedical

Over the years, this local biomedical repair company was sold from one company to another, creating a corporate atmosphere that didn’t exactly jive with Mincer. 

I didn’t want to be part of a corporation. I was 28 years old living in an apartment with just me and my cat.”

In this downtown Chicago apartment, Mincer had an idea. He would start his own company. Tech One Biomedical, a biomedical tech company much like the one he started his professional career in. Using the knowledge he had accumulated plus his natural talent and passion, Mincer gathered a team of highly experienced folks. 

I’ve got very good, very experienced guys. About 100 years of experience.” 

Making The Big Boys Jealous

Tech One repairs histopathology equipment. That in and of itself may not sound terribly disruptive. However, when you realize how dominated the market is by large manufacturers, Siemens for example, Tech One stands apart from the crowd. 

Some of the larger companies — there’s a whole lot of consolidation — service is a big money maker for them. The fact that people would rather call us than the big guys makes us a little disruptive.” 

When lab equipment needs repair, often due to user error, they often have no choice but to turn to the manufacturer. Think of it as taking your car to the dealer for repairs instead of a local mechanic. Tech One would be your local mechanic. 

As a result, people turn to Tech One over the larger manufacturers, much to their irritation. Of course, that’s the way business is supposed to go, isn’t it? Competition in the marketplace seems to be highly encouraged by proud capitalists. Yet, many of those same cheerleaders are more than happy to sit back and watch a monopoly grow.  

Tech One is a disruptive company not because it’s necessarily innovative but because it gives consumers the option that they deserve. Tech One shouldn’t be disruptive simply because it does exactly what the market needs. Tech One is a success because of that.

Can Matt Fix It? He Can’t Help It

A major part of Mincer’s success is his passion for his work. 

I love what I do. I genuinely do. I’ve been asked if you could do anything other than what you’re doing what would you do? I would do exactly what I’m doing. I always have to be fixing something. I like to fix guitars and vintage audio equipment. When I get home I like to go to the basement and work on [repairs]. 

“That’s my passion — my passion is fixing.” 

Tech One Biomedical is located in Franklin Park, just outside of Chicago and south of O’Hare International Airport. They’ve been in business since 1997 and are humming along nicely. Matt Mincer spends his free time with his wife, daughter, and cat. When he’s not fixing something he’s either cooking or brewing beer.

Chris Blondell is a Philadelphia-based writer and social media strategist with a current focus on tech industry news. He has written about startups and entrepreneurs based in Denver, Seattle, Chicago, New Haven, and more. He has also written content for a true-crime blog, Sword and Scale, and developed social media content for a local spice shop. An occasional comedian, Chris Blondell also spends his time writing humorous content and performing stand-up for local audiences.

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OpenStudio – Business Management All-In-One

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We all need a service that makes business easier, right? Managing your team, your finances, your documents, and your customers can be an arduous juggle. There are a few services out there that help businesses manage all of this. But have you heard of OpenStudio? No? Well, allow us to make a proper introduction. 

OpenStudio helps you centralize all the applications and services you may need in order to run a business. 

Some of the top features offered by OpenStudio are necessary in order to run a business but haven’t necessarily been rolled into one package. Things like IT Protocol/Document Management create a shared workspace to save your important documents for future consultation. 

Or perhaps you may find the Permissions and Authorization Management feature useful. You can decide which permissions and applications every member can access. 

OpenStudio offers the following services: 

  • Surveys
  • Content Management
  • Task Management
  • Ticketing
  • Alerts
  • Document Management
  • File Sharing

There are other similar services, but none of them are as neatly packaged and formatted as OpenStudio. Running a business doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need should be at your fingertips. A custom environment to manage your team, your finance, your documents, and your customers? Sign us up.

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Archbee Is Here To Centralize Your Company Data

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If you could describe Archbee in two words they would be: “documentation specialist.”

Founded in 2018 with $1 million in funding. Archbee is a knowledge base platform for technical teams to create, structure, and share documentation internally and to customers. 

The software provides a set of customized tools for software developers. This enables everyone in the business to organize key information and intelligence in a single hub. That’s a benefit of colleagues and customers, both present and future. 

Meet Dragos

In an interview with Forbes, founder and CEO of Archbee, Dragos Bulugean stated: 

We are talking about the knowledge that makes your business what it is. Archbee is meant to be the one-stop-shop for the documentation needs of software companies.”

“Businesses are in a rush to create products, launch them faster, and be the first to market. An important part of creating a product is its catalog or index – in essence, the ‘how to’ guide.’”

“It is this often neglected task that Archbee is making it easier to create. It is not just a product manul but a central knowledge base and the true front of knowledge which is making an impact on commercial metrics – helping improve onboarding time for customers, reducing the number of support tickets and, importantly, making the products understood by users.”

“We’re focused on helping any company that builds software to create collaborative spaces which are accessible to all and easy to use.” 

This long-awaited platform offers editing, document collaboration, Slack integration, file storage, and other related services. These features, in turn, enable engineers to disseminate real-time information about planning on their construction team. 

When you have a software as innovative as Archbee, it frees time up for developers and engineers. That way they’re able to spend more time in “deep-work” mode and solve more challenging problems that require full attention. 

In short, with Archbee, you can centralize all of your information in one place.

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Meet The World With Memrise

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All over the world, around 60-75% of people speak at least one language. People who speak more than one language report improved memory, problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, and more. So, if you speak more than one language, you essentially have an improved brain. If you want to join this crowd, Memrise may be the most effective option out there. 

One of the things that had kind of caught my attention was that psychology around how we learn languages.

Ben Whatley, Co-Founder and CPO of Memrise, learned French the way most of us learn a second language. We’re given the rules of the language, the grammar, how to speak properly. But there’s a flaw in that approach. 

I would go to France and I couldn’t speak a word. I wanted to understand why that was.

“That was a light bulb moment.”

The way we’re taught language is from the left brain perspective as opposed to the right. The left brain involves analytics, reading, and writing. The right brain involves creativity. If you need a metaphor to help you out, the left brain is the uptight, brilliant nerd and the right brain is the hippie-dippie artist.

Whenever you’re learning a language, you may often hear that the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in it. If you’re learning Spanish, spend a month in Mexico City. If you’re learning Japanese, take a trip to Tokyo. And so on. The grammatical approach to learning language has its value, but it’s the colloquial experience that truly helps imprint 

Whatley and fellow Oxford classmate, Ed Cooke, founded Memrise in 2010. Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, had combined his skills with Whatley’s observations and ideas. They conceived of a new method of language learning. One more in line with immersion than grammar. 

We’ve been gradually and daringly evolving the product to bring more and more of the richness of real-world content into the course of our ongoing experience.” 

In 2016, we did a tour around Europe on a double-decker bus to collect a video dictionary of all the European languages. 

“Tens of thousands of short videos of native speakers [speaking] in context.

While other language learning apps like Duolingo or Babbel have computerized voices, Memrise has actual recorded voices.

That kind of got baked into our core algorithm – namely naturalistic accents, idioms, phrases as they’re spoken in the real world, not sort of in the kind of academic sense, but a kind of multi-dimensional learning.” – Cooke

Most everyone really wants when they’re learning a language is they’re learning it to connect with other people, to be able to read what other people mean and to be able to express themselves to other people.” – Whatley

Speaking Spanish to your teacher versus speaking to a coworker is notably different. Your teacher will have you say “poco” to mean “little” when your coworker will make fun of you for sounding too proper. Memrise would teach you that “poquito” is the casual way to say “little.” 

Memrise is disrupting the academic dominance of language learning by focusing more on practice than technique. How many native English speakers do you know that speak perfectly grammatical English? 

Let’s take “you all.” In the south, you’ll here “ya’ll.” But in Pittsburgh, you’ll hear “yinz.” Do you think ESL teachers are noting things like that? Probably not. Memrise, however, does focus on this more casual ways of speaking because they have a stronger understanding of how the human brain functions and how we communicate with one another. 

One interesting feature you’ll find with Memrise but not any other language learning app are Zoom conversations. These are free rooms where you can hop in and speak, say, Spanish with other people. Instead of traveling to Mexico City to immerse yourself in the Spanish language, you can log into Zoom and speak it with other speakers. 

It’s live person to person – it’s not a lesson. It is just about trying to use whatever language skills you’ve got in your in your bag. Just try and get it out there and use it, because that’s what happens when you are actually in a country.” – Whatley

The aspiration is to make it as fun as being in the country.” – Cooke

It’s never too late to learn a language. The pleasure of learning and speaking a new language is immeasurably rewarding. As Memrise says on their site, “learn and language and meet the word.”

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