Startup of the Week – SAFETYmanager

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All data collected is automatically archived, searchable, and can be combined with other analytics for prequalification, auditing, and determining leading indicators of health and safety issues.

Here’s more from our conversation with the President, Sunny Bhuller.

How did you come up with the idea?

We couldn’t find anything on the market that worked. The key to a successful safety program is ease of access accompanied by user-friendly, intuitive participation. SAFETYmanager accomplishes this through only granting access to information as required by task, division, and level of seniority in the organization. The average field level worker only sees what is required to safely complete assigned tasks, which can be controlled via an organization chart.

What has been the biggest challenge so far? What have you done to solve it?

It is a cliché, but all startups are overworked and underfunded. To be successful in the early stages you need to be lean as a business and that leads to lots of multitasking. If early success brings too many clients, the existing ones may atrophy due to neglect.

We’ve focused on responding to customer needs as well as not taking on more customers than we can service.

Are there any key individuals outside of your organization that have been of great help to your startup?

We wouldn’t be here without our pilot customers. They’ve done a lot of the testing and provided feedback on issues and features that would deliver them the most value.

What advice would you like to share with others just starting out?

Identify your personal as well as business strengths and weaknesses, and partner with those who can fill in the gaps. Connect with other startup founders to bounce ideas off of and exchange learnings with.

Take advantage of vendor programs – Microsoft Bizspark has provided us with access to several tools and resources for our business.

What made you choose to go down the path of entrepreneurship?

The path to entrepreneurship was more of an evolution. I have been lucky enough to do something I really enjoy, which is writing code for the past three decades. I have met some great people along the way that helped nudge me in the right direction to end up where I am today. Always remember you can learn from everyone you meet.