JBoss Recollections - Part 5 - The Business Team
|My daughters, Mollie and Allison, in |
Neuchatel, Switzerland waving the JBoss flag
Of course any real business needs business people to drive success and growth. Here were the key hires by date and some stories behind each. Looking back, I still think we made the right decisions on each of these great people as well as the timing and order of their hiring. That was one of the many lucky things that happened to make JBoss successful.
|Marc and Ben|
Tom Leonard - 12/03 - I knew that the key thing about making JBoss successful as a business was credibility. And there were two major ways to earn that credibility from a business perspective - Significant Partnerships and Significant Deals. And I happened to know the one person in the world who could help us the most - Tom Leonard. Tom and I had worked together at Bluestone where he had almost single handedly
Cary Smith, CFO - 1/04 - So we had a bunch of money from VC's, and we needed someone to start having some ownership of that as well as the budgeting process. Cary came from Earthlink and brought the discipline and experience needed to plan and run our operation. This was critical because we tried to operate the business on a relative cash flow break even basis, and knowing where we really stood on cash, collections, planned expansion when growing from 6 to 200 in less than 3 years is tough.
|Shaun, I think...|
Rich Friedman - 12/04 - Rich is the guy that made JBoss scalable as a business. He created the JBoss Operations
There were many more that I was fortunate to work with. I guess my point to this series of recollections is that there is not one single point in time, no single decision, no single person that makes a company truly successful. It is the accumulation of a lot of hard work, a lot of learning and adapting, a real sense of a team, and of course having fun along the way.