On-Demand Labor, Operations, and Finding a Co-Founder with Veryable CEO Mike Kinder

Mike Kinder is the Co-Founder & CEO of Veryable and has an exceptional track record in the industrial manufacturing and supply chain operations world. He’s been building teams, solving complex problems, and driving growth within companies for over 20 years. Now, he’s taking on what is one of the most complex problems in manufacturing: finding the right talent to fill roles in manufacturing environments where production demands are constantly changing.

In this episode, we discuss where Veryable is now, where it’s heading, and how it expanded during the pandemic. Mike shares his opinion on why the pandemic exaggerated a growing problem and how Veryable is helping to solve it.

Mike shares his tips for others looking to become an entrepreneur in manufacturing, why Operations is a vital yet overlooked area, and how to act more like a start-up. We round the interview off with some leadership tips inspired by Ron Swanson, and Mike shares what he believes the key to innovation in manufacturing is.


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. One of the best things you can do as an entrepreneur is find the right co-founder with skills that complement your own.
  2. You may succeed or fail as an entrepreneur (maybe both at some point), but you should always do so on your own terms and be true to yourself.
  3. You can’t have true innovation in manufacturing without a strong vision first.

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Tweetable Quotes

  • “You got to stay true to yourself, even if that means following your intuition.”
  • “Succeed and fail on your own terms.”
  • “The key to manufacturing innovation, in my opinion, and Veryable is based on this. It starts with establishing a vision.”

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What We Discuss with Mike

  • How Veryable helps to solve the labor shortage problem in manufacturing
  • How the company managed to expand over the pandemic
  • Mike’s top tips for someone thinking of becoming an entrepreneur in the space
  • The trends and challenges facing manufacturing
  • Why you should play offense and act like a start-up
  • Leadership lessons we can take from Ron Swanson
  • Why you need to succeed and fail on your own terms
  • Why the key to innovation is a strong vision

Recommended Resources

  • Veryable, an on-demand platform that helps to fix the labor shortage problem in manufacturing
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Connect with Mike and Veryable

Twitter | LinkedIn | Michael Kinder