I have always been a Lego guy, building things for as long as I remember. Later on, I found myself taking a lot of math and science courses through high school, then settling on Physics and Chemistry through college and Grad School. After completing a Doctorate Program in Chemistry at the University of Utah, I decided that I wasn’t really cut out for research and steered my focus towards technology. What I really cared about was helping companies use technology that existed today. As anyone can observe, the travesty of modernity is that we fail to use the tools we have to address the solvable problems we face.

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After grad school and over the next 8 years, I worked with a variety of tech startups and businesses. Really, when I look back at it, I realize now that I was simply being a business analyst and looking for solutions to issues being presented to my clients or employers. I was lucky enough to get experience with real estate investing, option trading, e-commerce, social media, web development, CRM’s, and much more. Starting in 2013, a tubing inspection companies founder and family member invited me out to North Dakota.

 

 

It was January, in Minot North Dakota, that I saw first hand, the strange and crazy obsession that the Oil & Gas industries had with paper tickets and hand-signatures. Looking back now, I realize how bad a number of industries are at going digital. It wasn’t just Oil & Gas. But, as it was later pointed out to me, driving 30 miles in a blizzard next to semi’s to get a $1500 field ticket signed is a dangerous business requirement.

 

 

So, it was then that I started working on a prototype for Oil Command. The goal was to create a transparent and collaborative application between operators and service companies. My thought was that if the system was transparent and easy to use from the beginning, there would be no question about who said what or who did what. The system would tell you. For the most part, this has been an accurate rule of thumb. Our best clients want to know the facts, just the facts, and then make a decision from there. Data is kind of impersonal like that. It doesn’t care about your opinion or the blood, sweat and tears that you have poured into it. It just tells you what you are willing to hear.

 

 

So, starting with a small check from a group of oil & gas and tech investors, I hired my first engineer and started to build Oil Command. It was about a year later that we had our first paying customer using the application. Like any novice startup entrepreneur, my first customer presented a business challenge that was expensive to build and even harder to sell to other companies. But, fast forward to today and I am proud of the customers we serve and the application that we provide.