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My NoCode Story: The SmartSuite at the Center of Enterprise No Code

My NoCode Story: The SmartSuite at the Center of Enterprise No Code

8 minutes

July 17, 2022

In the rapidly evolving landscape of no-code platforms and work management tools, one name is emerging as a game-changer: Jon Darbyshire, CEO & Co-Founder of SmartSuite. In this enlightening episode of "No-Code Nation," Jon shares his journey from being the youngest partner at Ernst & Young to his current role at the helm of a revolutionary no-code work and data management platform.

Meet Jon Darbyshire: From Youngest EY Partner to No-Code Innovator

Jon Darbyshire's career has been nothing short of remarkable. He made history as the youngest Partner at Ernst & Young, a role that marked the beginning of a trajectory defined by innovation and leadership. Darbyshire's passion for entrepreneurship and community service led him to become the Executive Chairman of The Archer Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial achievement, community service programs, and educational opportunities.

With a portfolio boasting investments in over 400 companies, Jon's unique blend of experience in the corporate world and his philanthropic endeavors laid the foundation for his current venture, SmartSuite.

Enter SmartSuite: The No-Code Work & Data Management Platform

At the heart of this episode is SmartSuite, an innovative platform designed to transform how businesses manage work, data, and collaboration. Jon's vision was to create a platform that marries enterprise-level features with accessibility for startups, SMBs, and enterprises alike. Smartsuite's goal is not just to provide automation and management capabilities but also to cultivate a vibrant creator community.

The platform's interface is tailored to resonate with millennials and Gen Zers, designed to reflect their preferred ways of working and interacting. SmartSuite strives to be the go-to solution for managing any process or project within a company, offering a comprehensive range of features that make it a true all-in-one solution.

SmartSuite's Unique Value Proposition

One of the standout features of SmartSuite is its commitment to blurring the lines between various tools that professionals use daily. With a focus on no-code, the platform aims to consolidate the functionality of multiple products into one central hub. Whether it's form builders, collaboration tools, project management, or even database functionalities, SmartSuite aims to be a singular platform that caters to a diverse range of needs.

One of the most exciting aspects of SmartSuite is its "Smart Docs" capability. By integrating work, data, and documentation into a flexible process, the platform creates a seamless environment for teams to collaborate, modify processes, and access information in real-time.

Breaking Down Barriers: SmartSuite's Approach to Lock-In

Jon addresses the concept of "lock-in," a concern often associated with using a single platform for multiple functions. He draws parallels to the rise of Google Workspace, where users can perform a variety of tasks within the suite itself. SmartSuite seeks to follow a similar trajectory by offering a comprehensive feature set that reduces the need for juggling multiple tools.

The goal is to provide users with 90-95% of the functionality found in various products, all within the SmartSuite ecosystem. This approach aims to save time, reduce costs, and enhance collaboration within organizations, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses.

The Future of Work Management: SmartSuite's Vision

As the conversation unfolds, Jon Darbyshire emphasizes SmartSuite's ambitious vision to reshape the way professionals work and manage projects. The platform's commitment to ease of use, collaboration, and process automation positions it as a catalyst for change in work management practices.

While the competitive landscape may be crowded, SmartSuite's unique blend of features, dedication to no-code principles, and its mission to unify work tools make it a strong contender to redefine how businesses operate in the digital age. If you're curious about the future of work management and the potential of no-code solutions, this episode is a must-listen.

To dive deeper into the innovative concepts shared by Jon Darbyshire, CEO of SmartSuite, tune in to the full episode of "No-Code Nation." Learn about his journey, the philosophy behind SmartSuite, and how this platform is poised to revolutionize work management for businesses of all sizes.

Listen to the full podcast episode here.