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Galileo, Timeclocks, and Australia Ready for Workforce Ready

February 20, 2015

Pendulum clock conceived by Galileo

I’m fascinated by time, so it’s a tick ironic that I work for a company built on measuring it. Compared to Galileo’s first thought of a pendulum clock in the 16th century, or even the invention of the first quartz clock in 1928 or atomic clocks in the 1950s, Kronos is just a pup at a little over 37 years old. 37.30595483 as of today to be exact. A fascinating read on Galileo’s timely invention is from one of my favorite sites, Brain Pickings, and includes this gem on his achievement:

“In our present age of productivity, when our entire lives depend on accurate timekeeping — from our daily routines to our conference calls to financial markets and flights — it’s hard to imagine just how groundbreaking and downright miraculous the concept of measuring time accurately was in 16th-century Italy.”

I’ve been with an employee 14.82546201 years as of today, but that’s just 39.74% of the time Kronos has been Kronos. We’ve done some good things over that 37 and change, and one guy who’s been there much of the way is our CMO, Jim Kizielewicz. Jim was recently in Australia for the launch of Workforce Ready down under, and he was interviewed by Alex Zaharov-Reutt for It’s a wide ranging and fun interview including Kizzy’s thought on time past, time future, and even his answers to some Ashton Kutcher-inspired questions.

As I tried to get my head around the passing time and its relativity, I did some calculations to figure out what day I will have worked for Kronos 50% of the time they’ll have been in existence. Based on my spreadsheet, that day will be 10/17/2022. I’m sure time will travel very fast while I’m looking forward to it.

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