I just updated my LinkedIn profile. I’m now a partner and VP Sales & Marketing at Argenia Systems Inc.
When I exited Agility, my initial plan was to get a job for a while. Take it easy. Maybe something in sales, marketing or product management at a cool company like Salesforce or Shopify.
Well, that didn’t take. I gussied up the resume, sent it out and even did a few interviews, but with each step closer to a job, my anxiety level increased. While the security of a full time job was appealing, the thought of having less control of my destiny went against the grain.
When I sat down to figure out what I wanted to do as a next venture, I came up with these criteria:
1) It has a physical world presence or product
2) It sells something I’m passionate about
3) There is potential to scale easily
I came up with a few ideas, mainly around selling products online. Hops for craft brewers for example. Or F1 caps (it’s impossible to find good ones). But nothing that really grabbed me and pulled me in.
And then along came Argenia. An engineering company with real-world products that help people lead safer, healthier lives.
Our ClearBlue product is a new technology that drastically reduces the chemicals required for maintaining clean, clear water in pools and spas. No more poisonous chlorine in the hot tub? Sweet!
Our Argenia Railway Technologies group has developed the next generation of railway safety and signalling solutions. Not only does it save lives, it saves millions of dollars in technology, installation and maintenance costs for railroads. Needless to say, the disruption we’re causing is turning heads.
And the bonus? For the first time in my 12 years as an Engineer, I’m finally working for a proper engineering company! Yes, the web requires “engineering”, but not in the strict sense. When a website crashes, people frown. When a train crashes, people die. Engineering in the true sense requires a level of rigor that the web just doesn’t have time for. I get a kick out of that.
It didn’t hurt that my wife and father-in-law own the company :)
So here I am. Oh - the other cool thing is that it’s part time, so I still have time to do my own thing. I’m probably going to start a blog, or a Shopify store, but I haven’t nailed that down yet.
Argenia is in Mississauga but I’m downtown Mondays and Fridays and would love to meet for lunch. Let’s catch up!