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Investing in the future: John Meyer Founder of edg (New York, NY), a technology-driven firm that leverages the power of software and equipment to deliver higher quality projects in less time.
By LIISA ANDREASSEN Correspondent
e dg is an award-winning collective of designers, architects, engineers, and makers, all dedicated to changing the future of the built environment. Since 2004, the firm has completed a staggering 2,850 projects – a testament to edg’s expertise in the design, renovation, and restoration of buildings. John Meyer, the company’s founder, is at the forefront of technology innovation for the design and construction industry. He has extensive experience in architectural design and structural engineering. He’s founded several other companies, including Mosaic, a project and business management software startup, to help firms focus on design. “I can speak from experience that having the right system in place allows great people to do great work, and I don’t think you can have one without the other,” Meyer says. A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN MEYER. The Zweig Letter: How has COVID-19 impacted your firm’s policy on telecommuting/working remotely?
John Meyer: We’ve had some experience working remotely and managing outside consultants, but as a policy, we’ve only allowed remote working for short time periods. Our entire company has been fully remote since mid-March, and we are fortunate in that we’ve already been using digital systems to handle almost everything for years. This pandemic has gotten our entire staff well trained to handle remote work, which will permit us to expand our telecommuting policy once things get going again. Ultimately, it will offer our staff more flexibility and potentially allow us to hire remote workers for some roles. Our work is largely visual though, so while much of the work can be done remotely, certain things are still much easier to convey in the same room. Our drafting tools will be made more collaborative in the next year, easing some of those limitations making remote collaboration significantly easier. TZL: How far into the future are you able to reliably predict your workload and cashflow?
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