Professional Services Innovator of the Year Finalist
Stephanie Alexander & Katie Bilek, Co-founders, govmates
In your opinion, what makes a company innovative?
Solving a problem with a scalable, sustainable solution.
What makes your company innovative?
We are solving a common, well-known problem by creating an alternative solution - a dual-sided platform - that doesn't exist in the marketplace. Our high level of user engagement multiplies our matchmaking presence in the government contracting community, allowing us to grow organically and build past performance in multiple government agencies.
What or who are some innovative companies or people that inspire you and your team?
We are inspired by innovation as well as plain old hard work. Reggie Aggarwal (Cvent). Jean Stack (Baird). Warren Stephens (Stephens). Richard Branson. Heather Wilson (Secretary of Air Force). Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook).
What are some publications, print or digital, you read daily or have read that help you stay on top of your game?
The Pulse, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, The Hustle, The Economist
What advice would you give to up-and-coming leaders striving to be innovative in today’s business environment?
Too many (really smart) people set out to create a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist. Start with solving a real problem, then figure out how to create a scalable, revenue-generating business model. If you aren’t solving a problem, the marketplace won’t find value in your offering.