Sunday, July 3, 2022

Interview with Jason Vander Griendt, Entrepreneur and Render 3D Quickly Founder

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1. Hello Jason, can you please tell us a bit about you?

Sure! I’m a mechanical design engineer/entrepreneur living in Toronto, but I especially enjoy taking advantage of any opportunity to travel and explore the world. Fortunately, I am able to run the company I founded — Render 3D Quickly — from just about any location, allowing me to work from a ski lodge in the Swiss Alps or a beach in Thailand if that is where I happen to be.

2. What influences your work? What makes you want to wake up every morning?

My work is influenced by quite a few unique factors, but mainly I like knowing that I’m helping people in every area of the business whether it is helping my employees all over the world or helping my customers get what they want. I also enjoy the input from the client I’m working with as this always has the greatest impact on the end result of the project. I deeply enjoy this kind of collaborative process, especially since it challenges me to be more creative while producing something so valuable to the client.

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3. In terms of 3D, what are your focus areas and why?

We focus on creating 3D renderings, animations, virtual reality tours and models for architects and designers, builders and contractors, and homeowners and real estate agents. We chose to focus on these areas in particular because not only did each one represent a specific area of our team’s professional expertise, but also because of the fact that the demand for these services was not being met — at least not until Render 3D Quickly entered the picture.

4. Can you tell us more about Render 3D Quickly?

There’s so much to tell, so I’ll try to keep it brief: Render 3D Quickly is a leading international provider of 3D architectural rendering services, including renderings, animations, models, visualizations, virtual reality, and more. Relying on our extensive experience and expertise — along with access to the most innovative and cutting-edge 3D software and hardware technologies — we provide clients from all over the globe with highly accurate and photorealistic architectural renderings. We are proud to provide high-quality renderings to clients while offering incredibly quick turnaround times as well. Further, we have built the largest virtual reality for architecture team in the world which helps us to guarantee a very fast turnaround for this exploding technology.

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5. Where do you think you are making an impact?

I think we have already made a tremendous impact on the real estate industry, but I expect that we are still only just scratching the surface in changing the way the real estate industry conducts its business. Virtual reality technology is poised to disrupt the real estate industry in all kinds of ways, many of which are quite clear to us already including walking through the pre-built property from anywhere in the world.

6. What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working on Render 3D Quickly?

As we continued to expand, it was a challenge to find the right people to join the Render 3D Quickly team, especially since we expanded rather quickly. Although it was a challenge at times, our patient, exacting approach has paid off in a multitude of ways, ensuring that our growth did not adversely affect the quality our clients have come to expect when working with us. Another challenge was building the team to handle large-scale virtual reality projects. Creating VR is very labor intensive and takes many hours and manpower. Since it’s a very new technology, finding the right people who are already experts in something that is still being pioneered was difficult but we were able to build a massive team after many months. Now we can handle multiple high-rise VR projects or multiple large residential projects at the same time.

7. Where do see the company in the next 5 years?

I’m looking forward to the new opportunities created by our ongoing expansion, and I expect that in the next five years the company’s global presence will grow even stronger. We will be the leaders in pre-built virtual reality, similar to how Matterport are leaders in converting existing property into VR.

8. What can you tell young entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams?

Entrepreneurs have to realize that a lot of people choose to evaluate an idea by considering all the reasons it might not work, but entrepreneurs tend to focus on all the reasons an idea will work. Entrepreneurs should consider both perspectives, but they must also be careful that they are not deterred from pursuing their dream because of those negative, one-sided perspectives. Try to pursue ideas in the cheapest way possible. With today’s technology, it’s easy to determine if an idea can be successful before investing any money into websites etc. It’s also easy to determine how much profit there will be, how many clients to expect per month, how much revenue to expect etc. One of my first businesses taught me this the hard way. I invested about $25k into the development of an idea and then after it was done I did some market research and testing. I realized that I could have learned that the idea was good but margins and the competition were fierce and I could have learned this for free, before investing the money to develop the idea. Now, before I do anything I know if an idea will be profitable and successful by doing some quick online research.

9. What are you most excited about at the moment?

With so much technological innovation taking place at such a rapid pace, I think everyone should be most excited about the times we are living in and the endless possibilities for the future. There is absolutely no reason to complain. Today is the easiest humans have ever had it! Tomorrow will be even easier. Technology is making life incredibly comfortable.

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Noelle Elia
Noelle Elia
is a Financial analyst at PSPC. Graduated from Telfer School of Management, Finance/Accounting with interest to Entrepreneurship and New Media.
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