Follow your dreams and kiss the world
Couple of years back when I was still working with Telia, I was asked to hold a keynote about product development. I felt up for the challenge and immediately set to work on a storyline.
During that time I was convinced that as long as the product is good, you really don’t need to tell the story about how or why you made it. That as long as it is solving a real world problem and you never stop learning you really don’t need to understand marketing; the product will sell itself.
It reminds me of one of the great quotes by Edwin Land; «Marketing is what you do when your product is no good». Edwin Land was Steve Jobs childhood hero, and the famous founder of Polaroid. I included the quote in my keynote to directly address all the companies that spend billions of dollars in marketing, while at the same time neglecting their products.
But, as I later realized, it isn’t about not doing marketing. Apple does a lot of marketing, and Steve Jobs was probably one of the greatest marketers of all time. This is in fact an integral part of Apples success. So why is it that some marketing makes sense and some marketing sucks? I think I finally have the answer: When your product is good you need to talk about it. When it isn’t, you need to fix it.
Last year I left the corporate world, and joined the real estate company R8 as Chief Digital Officer. The task ahead was perfectly stated by our CEO: «It’s time we created some new prop-tech to better satisfy our tenants and users!» After researching we came up a concept that later would become Orbit. We saw an opportunity to solve two important problems:
Reduce space waste and empower modern workers.
This became our mission. Simple. Bold.
It is understandable and powerful to us, but needs to be explained when presented to others. The question is how we can tell a story about prop-tech that includes everything we want to say. Orbit isn’t just another app. It’s a radical new business model and platform that for the first time in real estate puts the users in the center of attention. Is a set of exciting partnerships and heavy integrations, including a breakthrough payment infrastructure. It’s a new physical identity, it’s a new metal card, it’s a new marketplace for service providers.
Orbit is rethinking the office making it possible for teams to work anywhere, for companies to save money, and for landlords to make more money. All while reducing emissions (Did you know that real estate accounts for 1/3 of all CO2 emissions!?). And this is not about to start a new business. We are about to start a movement. We believe that’s the best business.
After reflecting on how we should market Orbit we agreed on some basic rules: The communication needs to be simple, honest, direct and true. We need to rock the stage. We need to create the sound of Orbit. And this is how it’s gonna be…
And if you want to be part of this, join us:
Btw, the headline quote is from : Subroto Bagchi