As I previously blogged, I am Done Consulting after the end of a long stint as an independent consultant. What I did not say then is that the end of the last gig could not come at a more perfect time for me and I had more than a little impact on its timing.
Back in 2010 I started a company...
In 2010 I started a new company. Application development started in 2011 and the first customer signed on that Fall. 2012 was a stellar year as we added more customers, improved our platform, honed our marketing skill/ message and increased our capacity.
Now it is 2013 and all signs point to us being in the right place at the right time with the right solution at the right price to establish ourselves, our solution and our approach as the defacto standard and benchmark within the legal industry.
It is exhilarating to be staring opportunity (and risks) right in the face and know that, if you are up to the challenge, you can really do something substantial.
Don't get me wrong. We have a long, long way to go and some significant challenges to overcome in 2013 before I will feel like something has been accomplished of worth but the opportunity is there and it can be achieved.
First and foremost, choosing Domino and Notes as our platform was the single best decision I made.
Flat out, Domino and XPages are what got us to this point and I am not seeing any reason to switch to a different platform. 8.5.3 has been excellent for us and what I have seen and used in Notes and Domino Social Edition only encourages me.
Notes and Domino are world-class in all respects.
Perfect? Absolutely not. But I challenge anyone to show me something better if you're serious about business. More on this later.
I keep using the word "us" and I wanted to take a moment and recognize some people.
First, my wife, Karen. I don't know how or why she is married to me but beyond her culinary skills, luminescent smiling face and general good looks she is a killer business person and her advice and help has as much to do with where I am at with the new business as anything else. Thank you sweetheart for all of your effort and for your unwavering support!
Second, Paul Calhoun. I met Paul I think in Houston maybe back in 1997. 1998. 1999. I don't know. That is the kind of impression he made on me when I first met him. Unforgettable. A year or two later, somehow he contacted me, maybe at Lotusphere, and then he kept popping up. I kept thinking "Who is this guy that looks like an extra in a motorcycle gang movie and why does he seem so interested in talking to me all the time?" As it turns out I totally underestimated the guy from the beginning. Paul is a sharp-as-a-tack business guy, a "point-shoot-problem solved" application developer and Java coder and the most reliable friend one could ask for. Thanks Paul for everything and for coming on board!
And Erin Maher and Jeanne Calhoun who have both helped do a lot of the hard work required to get things going and to serve customers. Thanks you two!
So...gotta' go! Need to write some code to present at Lotusphere, uh, IBM Connect, and a business to grow!