Craig Goodson, founder of Inspired Technologies, which is a GrowFL 2017 Florida Companies to Watch honoree, struck out on his own after years at larger companies because he wanted more ability to provide direction for the company.
“I was working for a large, publicly-traded telecom company that had a specific way of doing things and was flying high,” he said. “When the tech bubble burst, we went through a series of mergers and downsizings. I wasn’t individually affected but it did affect folks I recruited. After a bad downsizing right close to Christmas, I finally realized I wanted to be in a place where I could help control the destiny more and apply my own implementation while providing an environment that was more structured and dependable.”
Inspired Technologies is an IT company with three divisions. The company organizes itself into managed IT, wireless and wired telecommunications division.
“The culture is the get it done mentality,” Goodson explained. “It’s cliché in this day and age, but when I started the business, everything was on my back to begin with. I had to play all the roles and get a lot of work done. Over time, that mentality kept manifesting itself and was successful. It was easy to transfer that methodology to my first hires, and then it started a domino effect. Now we have a team who are like minded and have a lot of the same goals.”
Goodson is honored that his company has been named a GrowFL Company To Watch and, along with his team, is taking the opportunity to celebrate the company’s progress.
“It’s a humbling experience,” he said. “As a business owner and team, we’re heads down workers and sometimes it takes a third-party entity like Grow Florida bestowing this on us to take a breath and look back at what we accomplished not only last year, but also over the last four and five years. Many times, you look up at the end of a tax year and realize things are coming along nicely but you’re not taking time to celebrate and acknowledge it. Being honored here by an unbiased third party is one of those moments we all can acknowledge our success.”
Goodson’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to be creative in solving problems
“You’ll be faced with many challenges,” he said. “There is a solution. You just have to dig in. You’ve got to go out and find the answer you need. You can’t settle for no. For example, it’s difficult to get access to capital in the service industry, but there’s always a way to get what you need."
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