Building Catalyst Profile

Posted Nov 9th, 2020

Building Catalyst is an SaaS platform that more accurately predicts and guides construction outcomes at a fraction of the effort compared to current practices.  

Mark Sands, CEO and Founder 

1. What experience or person encouraged you to be an entrepreneur?

W. Edwards Deming – the physicist and statistician who transformed Japanese manufacturing industry – is my source of knowledge on how to innovate and inspiration to keep me motivated. His systems thinking and management philosophy is the key to transforming the massive construction industry.

2. What has been your biggest challenge in being an entrepreneur/startup?

The biggest challenge is reaching the business professionals within large construction companies. Veterans of the industry may be impressed with new technology and processes, but they have no interest in changing at this stage in their career. Unfortunately, they are still the decision-makers. It’s fun, though, when we can reach the next generation of construction professionals that are open to innovation.

3. What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my wife of 40 years – the last 18 of which she has had to pay the price for my costly ambitions. Carol’s actually enjoying “the simple life” over the “high life” she’d grown accustomed to. Twelve awesome grandchildren have something to do with that.