Each month, Tony Uphoff, visionary CEO of Thomasnet.com, joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment. “Uphoff on Industry” will explore the innovations, upheavals, and breakthroughs reshaping the the world of manufacturing and industrial markets. Join Tony and me as we discuss disruptive new trends in the digital-industrial world. Today, we look into the renaissance in high-tech manufacturing, including its impact on the millennial generation.
The Big Themes:
- Manufacturing is hot again: In this country there’s a Renaissance, I love it because I joined Thomas four years ago with the idea it is going to get white hot again.
- The millennial generation: Young people in particular are starting to imagine what their future might look like, and what manufacturing provides for them that other technology doesn’t.
- The Dollar Shave Club: The technology enabled the ability to create a subscription business out of razors into a retail outlet of my brand of razor.
- If you’re a horizontal player: At some point you’ve got to understand that your entry into a marketplace needs to be vertical.
The Big Quote: “The idea that a computer company could be a car company and a car company could be a computer company is not a reach today. It’s a reality.”
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