Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out.
Chad Halvorson is the CEO of thisCLICKS , makers of When I Work, a cloud-based mobile employee scheduling software. When I Work simplifies staff scheduling and communication for restaurants, retailers, healthcare providers and countless SMBs in more than 50 countries around the world. With over 50,000 monthly active users and hundreds of new businesses signing up every week, When I Work is reinventing the way businesses manage labor and communicate with staff.
Before thisCLICKS, Chad led the development team at Meditech Communications, a digital marketing agency that provides app development, animation and video production services to the medical device industry. For over a decade, he led the development and architecture of interactive tools, apps and web software for Fortune 500 giants like Boston Scientific, UnitedHealthcare and St. Jude Medical; —plus countless small and mid-sized companies.
What do you enjoy most about your work and why?
I love the anticipation during product development. I love working with people that share the same vision of what software design should be. I love hypothesizing how a problem should be solved, executing on it, and seeing how many people agree. When a bunch of people think what we’ve created is pretty cool, the gratification is the most exhilarating thing on earth.
Where does your passion come from? What drives you, inspires you, excites you?
When I was a kid, my curiosity left every toy and gadget in the house either broken or modified to do something it wasn’t designed to do. Even my sister’s music box teddy bear didn’t escape my tampering. My curiosity for technology consumed me and still does. I love manipulating technology and get obnoxiously excited when people find what I’ve created useful or interesting. Like a junkie getting a fix, I’m addicted to watching people get value from something I’ve helped create. Also, I think 10,000 users that are willing to pay for something is WAY ...