March 27, 2020


In Just 10 Days, Dyson Designed a Completely New Ventilator Specifically for Covid-19 Patients: The company famous for vacuums and hand dryers is moving remarkably fast to help fight the current pandemic. (Jason Aten, 3/27/20, Inc)

According to a letter from the company's founder to its employees, James Dyson says the company's goal was "to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent. This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume. It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients, and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings."

Working with The Technology Partnership, the company says it is working on how to quickly produce the ventilators once they are approved by the UK government. Dyson also says it will donate an additional 5,000 units to different countries. Those ventilators will come in handy in places that are quickly running out of beds. It's not an exaggeration to say that this is a life and death effort, as hospitals have become crowded with Covid-19 patients. 

Yes, Dyson is in the business of making things. It also happens to have a history of inventing new ways to build common devices that we use every day. More important, however, is the company's willingness to move quickly towards solving a massive problem. 

Right now, life seems like it's at a standstill as communities literally shut down. People are either working from home or out of work entirely. All of that waiting can make it seem like we're living in slow motion. Except, we don't have time to waste. 

In fact, that's a valuable lesson for every entrepreneur and small business owner right now--that we can solve big problems and do hard things when we move quickly in the right direction. Even if your company isn't building ventilators or donating masks, there's a good chance that there's something you can do right now for your team, your company, or your customers. 

Posted by at March 27, 2020 7:49 AM