Navigating the Shadows of the Valley of Death

Navigating the Shadows of the Valley of Death

Paul Puckett

Show Notes

In this episode, Tyler chats with Paul Puckett, the Chief Technology Officer at Clarity, a small business software development company focused on redefining the way the government employs technology to help make our country, and world, a better place. Paul and Tyler nerd out over their passion for solving problems in tech and business alike, discussing the changes in philosophy and deployment that they believe can help support the missions of startups across the globe.

What’s Happening on the Second Front:
  • How Paul’s love for problem solving propelled him from college dropout to sought after software engineer
  • Questioning the way startups approach the ‘valley of death’
  • Why Paul is an optimist—despite the absence of data to support it
  • Quality over Scale: Re-prioritizing business objectives
  • The importance of knowing your company’s role in the value system

Connect with Paul: LinkedIn | Website

Connect with Tyler: LinkedIn | Website

This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

Top Relevant Quotes:

“If you find yourself in a position where your quality is waning, you have to stop scaling. No matter the client, you’ve got to prepare for quality first and then you can work to scale that quality.”
Paul - 12:40

“As you become a larger and larger organization, you start to get tunnel vision and lose a sense of your place in the value stream. And, when you lose your context of where you are in the value stream, you start to insulate. I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault, I just think it’s a flaw that develops overtime with large organizations.”
Paul - 23:40

“The world is constantly evolving, so your people, process and technology should constantly be evolving.””
Paul - 25:08

“When you aim to only do something that lives within the boundaries and appeals to someone’s way of thinking today, it may not be the right thing for the greater mission”
Paul - 27:32



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