We talked to Cory Warfield of shedwool about its smart shift scheduling software during the COVID-19.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Cory Warfield: I thrive amidst adversity and uncertainty and am always actively looking to solve problems, so I have found ways to make progress and stay productive amidst this pandemic. My family has been able to adapt to the necessary changes at hand, as well. I’ve lost friends and family, as have most, but accept that as part of life.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded shedwool.
Cory Warfield: I was a computer software tester and metrologist in the 90s and then worked my way from the bottom to the top of the restaurant industry, where I spent nearly 20 years. I started my first tech company, Shedwool, in 2016, and have since started a growth agency, a second tech startup, have helped dozens of founders start and scale companies through my work as a mentor with FI (Founders Institute), Techstars, and personally, and serve on a number of boards as an advisor and member. I started shedwool with my life savings and by wearing many hats – learning to prototype/wireframe, project management, graphic design, SEO, social media content creation, financial modeling, and more.
How does shedwool innovate?
Cory Warfield: Using machine learning, AI, community building, data, and listening to and serving our clientele.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Cory Warfield: We serve the struggling restaurant industry and have seen slow growth. We’ve been fundraising, which has been challenging. That said, we’ve had time to build product and team and have pivoted to essential industries such as grocery and manufacturing.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Cory Warfield: Not much, although it’s always good to keep burn rate as low as possible as a startup.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and shedwool in the future?
Cory Warfield: Meditation, breath control, prayer, and learning new skills.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Cory Warfield: Hotschedules, WhenIWork, Deputy, and many more. We are focusing on compliance, automation and have already impacted and innovated within our industry.
Your final thoughts?
Cory Warfield: We all can and must love more.
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