If You’re Not Fixing Someone’s Leaky Pipe, What Are You in Business for?

August 3, 2020

It’s no news that the C19 pandemic has caused a sharp once-in-a-lifetime business downturn. Like consumers, businesses everywhere have abruptly retrenched, reducing their household or operating expenses and postponing new outlays in order to conserve resources. Despite this newly hostile environment, tech companies that plug serious leaks in their customers’ critical business processes can still prosper, while those whose products are seen as non-essential “vitamins” are suffering. So what critical leaks do you solve in your customers’ “leaky pipe”?


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