Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
This isn’t necessarily an age-related issue, but Jeremy is probably the oldest person in Gramercy Tech. Most employees have an average age of 23 years, and they are driven by technology. They’re passionate about what they do, and no one in that company is sitting behind a desk, waiting for a paycheck. They’re all aiming to be one step ahead of any competitor, which I’m sure they are.
I own my own company and have been in business for 20 years, so I’ve learned how to read people’s minds and identify the ones who are simply waiting for a paycheck from the ones who love what they’re doing. Every single person in Gramercy Tech’s team loves what they’re doing. I hate to use the word “nerds”, but that’s what they are, just like myself. I’ve always said to my wife that, had I not been in IT, I would have been broke, since I’d be buying all the technology, and not generating revenue out of it. I need to have the latest and greatest of everything on the market, regardless of whether I use it or not. I see the same thing with Jeremy, with the only difference being that, instead of buying the product, Gramercy Tech develops it.
How did Gramercy Tech perform from a project management standpoint?
I am not aware of how project management is handled on their end. I am in contact with Jeremy and also talk to some of the developers from Gramercy Tech. We have an agreement by which, even though we are a technology-driven company, we need to talk over the phone, not through email, and we need to see each other face-to-face at least once a month. We meet in the city for coffee or sushi near our office, and, even though we may talk about personal stuff in many cases, we also talk business. I have a somewhat special relationship with Gramercy Tech, even though they consider me a client.
What did you find most impressive about Gramercy Tech?
The first thing that their team will say to me is “It can be done”. I never heard of any challenge being impossible, which gives me confidence when talking to my own clients, and they bring unique demands. The first thing I tell them is also “It can be done”, since I know that I’ll get the same answer from Gramercy Tech.
We used to contact competitors about advertisement technology which we were unsure existed. If something would cost too much to develop with Gramercy Tech, we would go to another developer and ask them for a similar product. The first response was usually “Not a chance, we can’t do it”. We gave up contacting any other people, and, whenever we need something, we go to Gramercy Tech.
Are there any areas Gramercy Tech could improve?