Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.
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work - 16 Apr 2019
I recently changed my job at Floorplanner a bit. On the technology side I’m still running our Infrastructure and Research departments, but I’m less involved with the day-to-day development of our website, dashboard, editor and mobile apps. Instead I’m focusing more on our sales efforts these days.
As part of my new work I attended the High Point Market event last week in High Point, North Carolina, USA. It’s the biggest home furniture trade show in the world where manufacturers, retailers and interior designers meet to buy and sell home furniture. The showrooms are spread out across the centre of the town in more than 50 buildings, but it’s not a big town. It certainly doesn’t have enough people to shop for furniture the rest of the year, so when the show is over, they simply lock down all the buildings until the next show in October.
I went to Market to meet with existing customers, and to talk with potential customers, but also to see what our competition is up to. However, technology is not a big part of this event. It seems that most people in this industry either use CAD systems or pen and paper but are unaware of the fancy stuff we have to offer. There is clearly a lot of work left to do for us!
And sorry, when I said I wouldn’t visit New York City again, I lied. I stayed over in NYC for a day to meet with a customer, but unfortunately, there were still no green leaves on the trees. Who knows, maybe next time!