Months before social distancing and remote business practice were the norm, entrepreneur and tech wizard Sydney Lindamood was ahead of the game.
Lindamood is the CEO of TXAN, a tech company made of a mobile workforce that helps businesses adapt to shifting technology.
“We focus on championing small business owners and digital nomads with a holistic approach to using smart home technology, Microsoft, and 5G,” said Lindamood. “Right now is the first time within 100 years that a small business actually has a competitive edge against a corporate level company.”
Lindamood said that they’ve helped over 20 businesses in Texas shift toward a digital, work-from-home culture.
A few months ago, Lindamood moved from Tyler to a remote area near Big Sandy. She says isolating herself is the best thing she’s ever done.
“I feel like I’m doing something that makes a difference,” said Lindamood. “I always joke that, instead of being a drug dealer, I’m a tech dealer.”
Lindamood has operated at the top of the tech world, working as a consultant for large corporations, such as Microsoft. However, Lindamood said that living inside of town and working for prestigious companies brought out a side of herself that she didn’t like. She wanted to make a difference in the community around her.
“Everybody has gotten so focused on macro – like, we want to be national. Focusing on a small-business economy and micro-economy level is actually more beneficial to not only East Texas, but also the entire United States.”
Lindamood has implemented a micro-economy with her mobile workforce, using technology to help the healthcare system during this difficult season of dealing with COVID-19.
“Right now we have a printer club starting, where people pitched in $20 and we bought a 3D printer for them to use,” said Lindamood.
The printer club is using the 3D printer to make testing swabs to diagnose the coronavirus. She said the swabs have the same standards and filaments as the ones being used for testing in New York.
“After we do a round of that and people start ordering 3D printed products, they (the investors) get a profit back. We utilize the co-op method. Texas is a haven for work purchasing co-ops and labor co-ops.”
Lindamood has also been sewing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the virus. As a former first responder, Lindamood knew the specifications that her masks needed to match.
“I just started prototyping over the weekend,” she said. “That’s another passion of mine, kind of engineering and tinkering.”
After going through multiple mask prototypes, she landed on a design that only required a Paracord and a sewn pouch-style mask that integrates an N95 medical face mask for protection. She is giving the masks to first responders who need them.
Lindamood said that she feels that she has finally found her purpose; proving that living and working remotely is possible and that small business can make a difference.
“Using smart home and AI means that you can run a business from a place like this and be successful. Your employees can work from home.”