[TowerTalk] Tashjian Tower Orders
jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 22 19:07:07 EDT 2008
Steve Katz wrote:
> I have told it to both of them, and explained this is why I'm not a
> Well, I did build a K2 a couple of years ago but it was in stock at
> that time and I had it a couple days after ordering it. I won't buy
> a K3 unless the same conditions prevail.
> It's unfortunate that small companies are often heavy on engineering
> and light on operations/planning. A professional Ops person with
> decades experience in startups arranges financing, vendor parts
> stocking for JIT and kanban, production workflow against forecast and
> so forth so that a small company can become a big company. Without
> such talent, the small company usually remains small.
Staying small may be just fine for many companies selling to hams. They
may have no desire to grow, especially if the business is really more of
a marginally profitable hobby, or is selling to others who are hobby
oriented. I used to work for a guy who was into scale steam engines (as
a hobby), and it seemed that everyone in that business was essentially
doing it as a "craftsman" working to order. Same is true for a lot of
R/C stuff. Knowing your limits and expectations is half the game.
Granted, some of the small companies do a terrible job communicating this.
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