Article from Sync Magazine:
By Jeff Silver
Dr. Robert Moghim, a practicing anesthesiologist, was tired of being treated like a commodity. So in 2005, he founded Onyx M.D. to create a physician staffing company that was more mindful of how it positioned its talent. As an alternative, his company offers “concierge staffing services” that fill highly specialized temporary positions and provides its physicians amenities that range from malpractice insurance to travel assistance for long-distance placements.
An indispensible part of servicing its up to 200 placements per month and supporting ongoing growth of approximately 26 percent a year over the last three years is Jamal Pilger, senior vice president of software development. He came to Onyx M.D. in 2008 and provides a wealth of experience, expertise, and insight from two decades working with Internet-based business solutions.
When The Web Was On Training Wheels
Pilger started his first online business in 1995. It focused on creating websites for car dealerships and real-estate firms. “At that time most of our sales were based around trying to convince potential customers that the Internet wasn’t just a passing fad and would be around for a while,” he says.
Even at that time, when development tools were limited, he was building data-driven software and websites relying on ColdFusion and Microsoft Access. For one high-end real-estate firm that wanted custom websites for all its properties, his company was spending four hours creating each individual site. “Eventually we challenged ourselves to streamline the process so that the client could upload images, import MLS data, and create a custom site in fifteen minutes or less,” Pilger says. “In the late 1990s, that meant we really were ahead of our time.”
"Things like glasses that project a virtual screen right in front of you are really exciting. But from a business perspective, if your target audience doesn’t wear those glasses, you might want to look through a different lens."
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