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Lessons from a Laser Scanning Expert

with Silviu Stoian

Lessons from a Laser Scanning Expert

with Silviu Stoian

People don’t type “mediocre plumbers near me” when they’ve got a plumbing problem. They want the best.

It was the most valuable lesson that RC Monkeys CEO Silviu Stoian took from Chris Do, compelling him to “niche down” and become obsessed with one field within reality capture – historical preservation. People and organizations would know that if they needed someone in that domain, Silviu was the call to make.

For a man who works so diligently in one lane, he brings an ironic breadth of knowledge to Episode 48. He’s extremely well-read, dropping pearls of wisdom from Chris Do and Seth Godin, to Kevin Kelly and James Clear. And his own story is a profound source of knowledge-from-experience. His rise to reality capture mastery began in the Eastern Bloc and spanned Georgia Tech, 2008’s Great Recession, and a stint driving an electric choo-choo train at a mall.

For an inspiring discussion on entrepreneurship and sharing, alongside skill-honing and relationship-building in the reality capture industry, don’t waste a second uncovering the story of Silviu Stoian. And yes, there’s a (good) story behind the name of his company, RC Monkeys.

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Episode Timeline

2:27
Silviu’s youth in Eastern Europe, getting into structural engineering, and his first job with its fair share of intimidating responsibilities
5:58
Special Visa lotteries, finding a way to the U.S. in 2008 and learning fast what a recession was, and Silviu’s fascinating educational journey
10:05
Silviu’s first encounter with an old scanner
13:20
The path to getting hired at The Beck Group.
16:42
The very beginning of RC Monkeys and details around the origin of the name
20:08
The pros and cons of attention to detail, and a lesson from marketing titan Seth Godin.
24:16
Project specifications; who is defining them?
27:52
What influences the services we purchase? An insightful customer story related to RC Monkeys.
30:11
A common misconception many companies have; that scanning is as easy as pressing a button
36:22
“Niching down” per the orders of Chris Do, and the unique focus it led to within reality capture
41:22
The perils of the wrong tool for the wrong job
46:49
Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 true fans: The value of focusing on your niche and not taking on too many clients
50:52
Upselling and cross-selling to grow a business
53:46
Rabbit holes, information overload, and Reality Capture Network’s primary goals
59:22
Starting a company and the importance of standardization
1:06:40
Reality capture education, perks of working at big companies early on, and on-the-job training
1:14:13
“Share your knowledge, sell the implementation”; the many benefits of consistent LinkedIn usage, and how a rising tide lifts all boats.
1:21:26
Exploration of the RCN podcast’s beginning
1:26:16
When a company’s top priority shifts from knowledge to the actual business
1:30:03
Matt Damon, sacrifices, and the fierce passion required to be an entrepreneur
1:34:56
Knowing what needs to be done in business, willingness to be bad when starting something new, and Atomic Habits
1:43:46
What advice would Silviu give his younger self?
1:48:40
What is Silviu excited about in the coming years?
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