Joshua Vial always struck me as a person with a calm and approachable demure. And on that note we approached him for help for it is well known that crazy entrepreneurs and tinkerers like us need help sometimes. I knew he’d started something called Enspiral and it somehow had struck that magic chord…
Imagine Joshua’s calm smooth voice… “28 people so far in 10 months, it’s been the easiest thing I’ve done”.
At the time I was cranking out Ooooby’s vege box scheme with Pete, James and Karen. Ooooby to me is our audacious go at redesigning the food system. (shhh… that’s a secret, don’t tell anyone just yet).
So in walks Joshua. The Auckland Public Library cafe as I recall… we spin the Ooooby story and he reciprocates with the Enspiral story. We talked a bit about the task ahead, a little about our tech needs, but what I really remember was Joshua and the ideas of structural efficiencies, self direction, and business as a purpose. He had struck a model in Enspiral that was working.
“Ricardo Semler“, I said to the guys.
Not exactly new things to me, I had always loved this kind of thing… never seen it in a working model. Not in business at least. Over the intervening weeks as the idea processed, Enspiral started to really excite me. It rocked! The possibilities were big.
Over the intervening months a loose connection evolved into an official involvement. Here was a company that assisted its staff in doing what they wanted to do. Through its people, I saw quickly this company was in this for a positive difference in the world – not a pie on the sky idea, not lip service. A practical vehicle with a brave and kick-ass “be the change” attitude.
This summer I’m settling into Auckland, my intention is to kickstart an Enspiral presence here. If this idea sounds like you, drop me a line, let’s go for coffee, grab a team, share some space, have some fun.
Will Lau has always had a love of technology, and through this love became an accidental entrepreneur with a flurry of successful businesses and now is focused on projects that make a positive difference environmentally and socially.