How Robert Cringely Scored 5 Million N95 Masks From China
This week, tech pundit Robert Cringely described how an opportunity dialog with China-based entrepreneur Anina led to a pal with a garment manufacturing facility “now making fully certified N-95 respirators with no clear distribution plan.”
Late on a Sunday evening with the tech world in shut-down, how lengthy would it not take for me to search out somebody on the lookout for as much as 5 million N-95 masks? It took 10 minutes.
I reached out to Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and to Mark Cuban from the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank… Mark Cuban put me in contact with ProjectN95, a just-created nationwide clearinghouse for urgently wanted medical gear… It’s necessary to appreciate what a miracle we completed. Normally there are many middlemen in Chinese distribution, however on this case, there have been none, which meant maximal pace and minimal worth. The items have been U.S. FDA licensed, too, and the certification might be verified…
We are tech folks making an attempt to perform throughout a pandemic, however what actually counted right here have been private relationships. Anina is aware of and trusts the manufacturing facility proprietor. Anina and I’ve identified one another for 15 years and I’ve identified Marc Benioff and Mark Cuban even longer. We spend billions as a tradition attempting to construct digital variations of such webs of belief, however typically it’s higher to do it the previous vogue manner.