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Staying the Course to Deliver on Social Intelligence Vision

By 1997, ARIS had about 1,000 employees in the US and the UK and generated more than $100 million in revenues. ARIS was a high tech consulting and training company publically traded on the NASDAQ. Leading and managing a services company is much more difficult per revenue and headcount than a non-services company. I remember […]

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Taking Advantage of Today’s Inflection Point Around Big Data

Our time is like a river, constantly flowing downward on a path until reaching an eventual end. You can’t ever veer from this path, yet the journey remains uncertain ahead with different challenges intermingled with opportunities. All we can do is be prepared to fight through the challenges and to take advantage of opportunities that come our way.

Timing truly determines how we live our lives. Along the journey of time, there are many inflection points that have allowed “prepared” people to do great things. During the early 19th century, the industrial revolution gave great opportunities within the steel and oil industries for the Carnegie and Rockefeller families. These early smart and opportunistic industrialists took advantage of the opportunity that timing had afforded them.

In the same way, the 1980′s and the information revolution gave rise to the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, among others. Certainly, these brilliant entrepreneurs and visionaries were gifted with extraordinary abilities. Yet, had they been born in another time, these opportunities would not have been available. During this time, other lesser known technical entrepreneurs benefited as well and became success stories in their own right.

It was during the 1990′s that we were able to ride the tide of the migration to relational databases to take ARIS public on NASDAQ. Sure, we executed on a solid strategy but timing was a key element to our success.

Since then, I’ve learned to better understand and appreciate the importance of timing. I look for opportunities as it relates to trends of our time and look for areas of possible disruptions (inflection points). This has allowed me to sell my last two start-up companies within the first 12 months of each’s inception.

Right now, I know I’m in the right space with social intelligence. This is a space that I’m excited about. It’s why I’m committed to finishing this endeavor to completion. Many organizations will be (are) trying to bring compelling value to Big Data. Effectively harnessing this new “black gold of data” will result in tremendous rewards.  New standards for predictive analytics and data visualization will develop. There will be tremendous crowd sourcing around making Big Data a competitive business advantage. All any of us can ask for is a chance to play with such an opportunity that today’s timing has afforded us.

Leadership is Making People Want to Follow

A long, long time ago (mid-1990s) when ARIS was growing rapidly, our company was a sexy, up-and-coming Seattle story. At that time, a senior business development executive from Oracle approached us about helping ARIS expand to the East Coast. The late Pat McGovern had been raised in the Seattle area and graduated from Seattle Prep. […]

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My Adventure in Soho with Hugh Simpson Wells

I lived in London during the early 2000′s, where I  had some of my best memories ever. Now, I’m  back in West London visiting where it took about a half a day to get my bearings to feel as if I had never left. Much of my focus here this time is work, but tonight […]

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8 Lessons from the ARIS Experience

In my last blog post, I reminisced about the ARIS days. Now, maybe I can share some of the lessons learned during those times. It’s about the TEAM: No matter if you are MIT smart like Paul Song, it’s the collective ability of the leadership team, not one individual. You cannot scale without having a […]

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Sharing a Drink, Sharing ARIS Memories

Just the other day, I had drinks with a long time friend, Kendall Kunz, at the Roanoke on Mercer Island. He’s not just another friend, he was part of our executive team that took ARIS public on the NASDAQ  in 1997. ARIS was founded by my brother, Paul Song, after which Kendall and I joined […]

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Professor Leverages Corporate Experience to help Students

Meet Jeff Gilles, a professor and so much more. He is a professor at Seattle University’s Computer Science department. Jeff is a part of the wonderful higher education system in the Seattle area that is producing talented, capable young people for the vibrant local tech sector. There is a reason why so many Silicon Valley […]

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IT Trainer Focuses on Math in Elementary Education

MEET MR. EDUCATION, otherwise known as Steve Brugger. For the past 19 years, Steve has been providing IT Professional Training through his company, SQL*Soft. Many technical professionals around the greater Puget Sound area have gotten their IT certifications through SQL*Soft. Steve’s company is one of the largest and longest-standing training providers in the Pacific Northwest. […]

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A Recovering "Deal Junkie" Makes Good as a Business Executive

MEET Brad Furber, a recovering “deal junkie”. Those recovering deal junkies can be hard to spot. Brad looks calm, clean cut, not too stressed out. His round wire-frame glasses and deliberate manner of speaking give slight clues of his past career as a corporate and securities attorney. Otherwise, he looks like another internet entrepreneur. Listen […]

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