I think I offer a unique perspective of the building industry from the standpoint that I started BuildDirect.com with the intention of creating something truly special. Although we started the company from my house in 1999, our ambitions were never to create just another “.com” Our intentions were, and still are today to build a company that changes an industry. I realize that revolutionizing an industry is an extremely audacious goal, but it is one that I am truly passionate about.The building industry from a product perspective is one of the most fragmented in the world. Literally millions of manufacturers with little scale trying to “find” their way to market. The cost of “finding” their way to market is typically very high. BuildDirect utilizes its technology to sell these products at great prices while maintaining or improving product quality. This ultimately allows our buyers to win by leveraging us to gain pricing advantage.Dreaming of a what an industry will need in the future and then building a company that fits that future need, takes tremendous time, energy and an unwavering commitment. I have learned many lessons along the way………from financing a growth company to hiring the right people. We have had no shortage of curve balls. We started the company just before the .com bust, we were still pre-revenue on September 11th 2001, we were raising money through the Enron and Worldcom debacle, and we continue to build the company through the worst housing crisis that the United States has had in decades. Through all of these curve-balls, we have seen tremendous growth.In this blog I will share my thoughts on what I think are keys to creating a great company, some of our wins and mistakes along the way, and my thoughts on where I think the industry is going. I hope to be able to answer any of your questions and help where I can.
Why I decided to write a building materials blog
- April 3, 2008 • Point of View • by