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Blacksheep – Story Of Outstanding

Black sheep are rare and walk their own path

The expression “black sheep of the family” means a person does not follow convention or challenges the status quo, hence a black sheep is often initially rejected as bad or different. However, the power of the black sheep is the power to change for the better since most changes in human history have originally been catalysed by a black sheep, who has turned out to be correct. 

In Blacksheep, we believe that every member of our team is outstanding and unique in their own way. Blacksheep values the diversity and uniqueness of each member, making this one of the company’s core values. We empower our people to experiment, follow their curiosity, believe in their abilities, and face their fears. Everyone in the team is encouraged to contribute their own ideas and take up ownership.

In Blacksheep, you can work to develop and turn your outstanding, unique ideas into reality. 

Story of Mark, the founder of Blacksheep Vietnam

Mark founded Blacksheep in 2018. With Blacksheep, Mark is passionate to develop and manufacture world leading products in Vietnam, and show young Vietnamese people how to aim high.

Mark studied Engineering at Cranfield in the UK and worked in the Aerospace and F1 industries at the start of his career. After many years, he ended up in Technology consulting in the Cambridge area in the UK. Here Mark stumbled into scientific and medical device development. In 2001 he started what has become a group of companies called Blacktrace Holdings Ltd with HQ in the UK near to Cambridge.

In 2023, Blacktrace was acquired by another entity. Mark remains dedicated to fostering commercially successful innovation ventures. His overarching goal is to ‘Productize Science,’ transforming groundbreaking scientific discoveries into globally marketable products. Mark also incorporated a new company in the UK, which is now the group company of Blacksheep.

Mark studied Engineering at Cranfield in the UK and worked in the Aerospace and F1 industries at the start of his career. Mark also lived in the USA developing mail handling equipment and later The Netherlands and developed the first DVD players for Philips. After moving jobs every two years, Mark wanted to find a home that could keep him interested for longer and ended up in Technology consulting in the Cambridge area in the UK. Here Mark stumbled into scientific and medical device development. This was in 1997, and after having been acquired by a Swiss multinational and then working in M&A, in 2001 he started what has become a group of companies called Blacktrace Holdings Ltd with HQ in the UK near to Cambridge.

Blacktrace has been the leader and first to market in a range of scientific fields connected to microfluidics, and as a result Mark has been on the editorial board of the highest impact academic journal in the field. Mark has always worked on world leading product developments.

Fast-growing Science & Engineering Company

Founded in 2018, Blacksheep is an international science and engineering company focusing on the development of products that will endure the test of time. We work to help clients turn theoretical ideas into reality. Here we’re grounded by humility and driven by ambition to make the impossible possible. 

We partner with customers to create new business opportunities, driving innovation and success. Our specialization lies in developing advanced new products across diverse industries, including microfluidic devices, high-power electric motorbike, and medical equipment. With expertise that knows no bounds, we relentlessly focus on our customers’ success, building high quality systems, and planning for the long-term.

Our objective is the intention of bringing world-class products to the world that are developed and made in Vietnam. The key to this success is the development of each of our team members. 

Our Core Values

Individual & Communal

Individual & Communal

We value the individual and recognize the unique strengths, talents, and perspectives that each employee brings to our team. We are committed to treating each person with respect, dignity, and fairness, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.

At the same time, we always show up for each other, act with empathy, and strive to cultivate a strong, close community among our employees.

Free & Disciplined

Free & Disciplined

At Blacksheep, everyone is given freedom to bring their authentic selves to work. They’re given freedom to innovate and create every initiative, whilst challenging the status quo and finding new ways to solve problems.

At Blacksheep, if you want more freedom, get more discipline. Discipline here is as deadly simple as “Do what you say. Say what you do”.

Nurturing & Persevering

Nurturing & Persevering

We create an environment where talents are empowered and nurtured. Our people are given time and opportunities to be responsible for their own plans, take smart risks and embrace possible failures.  

We also understand the importance of perseverance in achieving our goals, and we strive to remain focused and persistent in the face of challenge. Our employees are the ones who are not afraid to try different approaches, and to not let go or give up.

Outstanding & Humble

Outstanding & Humble

We uphold outstanding quality standards, so as to provide customers with the best possible service. We take pride in providing high value products and services that we stand behind.

We also adhere to humility in being inclusive and receptive to new ideas, criticism and change. We acknowledge that each challenge we have overcome has made us a better company.

Innovation

Innovation

We believe innovation is the core of our work, and that innovation as part of each person’s job responsibility unleashes creativity. Being a world leading tech innovation platform requires unrivalled vision, innovation and execution. We never settle – in everything we do, we challenge our ideas of what’s possible in order to better meet the needs of our customers. When we work hard, stay focussed and act in service to others, we believe anything is possible.

Perseverance

Perseverance

We work to create solutions that never existed before. Our work is grounded in striving through when the problem appears to be too challenging, to try again differently, to not let go, to not give up. You don’t hear a lot of “I don’t know how” or “I can’t” at Blacksheep.

Outstanding Quality

Outstanding Quality

We consider quality to be of the utmost importance. To this end, we undertake to uphold outstanding quality standards so as to provide customers with the best possible service. We take pride in providing high value products and services that we stand behind, ensuring customer satisfaction, profitability and the future of our employees and growth.

Community

Community

At Blacksheep we develop our people by providing an environment that fosters personal development and professional growth. That means we show up for each other, act with empathy, and bring our authentic selves to work every day. We’re growing this company not for our own personal gain, but for each other.

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