By way of introduction, let me say that I’m a baby-boomer and a non-traditional accounting professional (bean counter) by trade, who is passionate about internet technology, in particular online applications for small businesses. In 1998, with the advent of software as a service (Saas), I began taking a keen interest in this platform, while most of my accounting peers seemed to be still tied to traditional desktop software with the mantra “if it ain’t broke”. On the other hand, I intuitively felt that SaaS was the wave of the future and was ushering in a new era. With innovative companies like Salesforce and NetSuite (then called NetLedger) emerging on the scene, I started gravitating towards these pioneering start-ups. I wanted to explore this new frontier and experience this new, exciting internet revolution. And thus began my journey into this new frontier, now referred to as “cloud computing”. Today this space is rapidly expanding with many players competing in the small business market. It is definitely an exciting time for visionary small business entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level and are seeking products and services that offer more value and a highly personalized user experience. I am pleased and excited to belong to this tribal movement.
In journeying along in this new direction, in 2010 I found myself looking for ways to expand my creativity to get even further “out of the box”. So I started doing some online research for ways to expand my horizons and improve from a business and personal standpoint. I was exposed to authors like Seth Godwin with his book “Tribe”, Dan Pink with “A Whole New Mind” and more recently Steven Denning “A Leader’s Guide to Storytelling”. These books have definitely impacted my thought processes and my world views. As such, they have enriched my life moving forward into 2011. With this new impetus, I feel better equipped and focused on making a ripple (albeit a small one) in the sea of humanity and the virtual world.