Born In Manufacturing
Raised in Software
Typically, mid- to small-size firms without large IT staffs ask P1ston to help solve their problems. They always need software solutions, but often don’t know where to begin. As a boutique agency, we’re not for everyone, but we’ll talk to any client in the manufacturing, distribution, or services space.
P1ston takes on each project with the intention of someday showcasing it within our portfolio. Every engagement gets the attention of our leadership. It’s always personal for us. Principles of simplicity, utility, and stability combine into beautiful software solutions for everything we design and build.
Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. Our talented and diverse team works together for one purpose—to unlock the potential of those around us.
After migrating from engineering to management consulting, PJ accepted a leadership position at electronics distributor, Avnet, where he served as VP E-Commerce and VP Global Supply Chain. PJ then jumped into the startup space where he spent two decades in software leadership roles including COO, Commerce5; CEO, PropertyRoom; Partner, Black Mercury; and CEO, RocketDocs.
Natalie joined P1ston as lead designer for a supply chain collaboration platform. True to her user-first focus, she spent weeks shadowing and interviewing manufacturing ops personnel as well as a large supplier base. Her discovery process involved mapping and redesigning workflows, then presenting user with mock-ups followed by clickable prototypes. Supply Chain Collaboration Made Easy resulted from Natalie’s design work.
Delight or Go Home
We write this value not as idealistic newbies, but as grizzled veterans of both large companies and small startups. Life is too short to do shoddy work. Building and delivering delightful offerings will engender your creativity, fuel your passion, and simply feel good. So, first and foremost, we strive to delight.
Think of this as real talk. We know that clear, open, and thoughtful communication will set us on the shortest path to delight. In contrast, a lack of honesty or respect will surely send us on an unpleasant detour. While we actively screen for a good communication style when hiring, we expect you to further develop your skills here at P1ston.
Learning Crushes Knowing
We also hire for passion and curiosity. People with passion and curiosity constantly grow. The technology space requires learning-oriented professionals because no one knows today everything required to solve tomorrow’s technical challenges. To keep up, you’ll need to constantly cultivate a breadth and depth of knowledge that expands with a rapidly changing industry. In addition to accelerating your personal development, when you grow, learn, and succeed, P1ston does too.
Seize the Deep Happy
We live our lives with the paradox of enjoying the present and preparing for the future. Present- mindedness enables you to appreciate the here and now, but it can devolve into instant gratification, adverse consequences, and shallow happiness. Future-mindedness can enable success, but in excess can distract from enjoying the day to day and addressing the needs of the moment.
“Deep Happy” refers to the enduring joy and success that comes from simultaneous focus on both the present and future. As P1ston employees, we must continuously balance the two. When we design and architect solutions, hire new staff, pursue new customers, and spend the company’s money, we do so knowing we need to make decisions for today, that still enable success tomorrow.
Collaborate, Iterate, Adapt
As a technology startup, uncertainty lies ahead of us as we forge a new path. We move at a fast pace, making calculated yet flexible decisions, unhindered by the fear of failure. We collaborate daily in just about everything we do, iterating our way to success. In true startup fashion, we adapt to shifting opportunities and challenges. The delightful solutions we create emerge directly from our dedication to collaboration, iteration, and adaptation.