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Denmark

On my last trip to Europe, the second leg involved a trip to Denmark – my first visit, which was a real pleasure. After arriving in Copenhagen, I was greeted by one of our customers, so to speak…  They  have a

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Investing in People

There’s a nice article on Bloomberg, primarily about Student Loan Genius, a local Austin startup that promotes different ways companies can support paying down student loans.  At BP3, when we discovered Student Loan Genius we knew we had discovered a

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You Don’t have to Dare to be Legendary to Learn from this Advice

I love Mike Maples’ thoughts on startups. Whether it is the Thunderlizard thesis or the Legendary startup, he is challenging startups everywhere to think bigger.  And yet, you don’t have to try to be Google to benefit from his advice,

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Transportation and Investment… and Startups

It seems appropriate to post this on a day when I’m en route to Europe to meet with colleagues and customers in Europe. Interesting read on Fred Wilson’s blog on the distribution of Venture Capital.  From the included graphic you can

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Fred Wilson on Tenacity

This post on Fred Wilson’s blog, “Tenacity”, should be inspirational to many bootstrapped businesses. He perfectly captures the challenge and the zeitgeist of tenacity in the context of the entrepreneur and the investor (because businesses aren’t just up and to

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Riddle Me This?

If you have ever been to the BP3 office in Austin,Texas, you know that as you walk into the space, there is a large whiteboard on a back wall that everyone can see as they pass. For a while now,

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Advice for the CTO

Over on Medium I published my thoughts and advice for CTOs of startups, based on my experience as CTO at BP3: Over time, I arrived at a job definition that worked for me at BP3: To set direction for technology and

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Serendipity

Reading this post on Fred Wilson’s blog, I can relate in a small way.  Well, no one is likely to recognize me on a flight, but in a sense, putting yourself out there on a blog, on twitter, and in

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Growing Up versus Shaking Up

We had a good smile the other day when we saw coverage of our company depicted as having a “management shakeup” at BP3.  I guess it looks like a shakeup, but what we’re doing is organizing, more than shaking!“The Austin

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Nice Coverage in the ABJ for Austin Startups with Great Culture

The Austin Business Journal covered the recent recognition of 3 Austin Technology companies by Fortune Magazine:AcademicWorks, Square Root and BP3 Global Inc. share a spot on Austin’s tech scene as small, nimble companies developing software to solve clients’ management and

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Press Releases

Alexander Muse says your startup should never issue press releases.  He gives some great reasons why you shouldn’t.Press releases rarely get written about by journalists.  Because they are rarely even *read* by journalists. Massively successful startups apparently never issued a press

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ABJ: BP3 Global CEO steps down, replaced by co-founder

The Austin Business Journal has covered our management change at BP3.  Now, if they knew Lance better, they would never suggest that he can be replaced.  But I will do my best to succeed Lance as CEO, to carry on

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Becoming Chairman of BP3

BP3 is on a roll.  We’re into our 9th year in business and things are better than ever – we just concluded a record quarter, and a record year.  We’re entering 2016 with some fantastic opportunities in front of us

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Thoughts on Performance Reviews and Organizational Innovation

We do a few things unconventionally at BP3.  And people who work here probably have heard me, at one time or another, advocate that you can over-think the innovation in your company when you try to innovate too much with

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Culture and Business Models

Does culture dictate which business models will be winning ones for a company?  Or does the business model dictate which cultures can be successful?In a post on “Killer Cultures” by Jean-Louis Gassée, he explores how different culture can be between

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2015: Year in Review

It’s feels like a bit of a broken record to say that 2015 was a good year for BPM and BP3 – but a good year it was.  BPM continues to penetrate the corporate landscape, and continues to generate ROI

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our team members, customers, and partners! I hope everyone has the opportunity to take a little break from making great business processes and to spend more time with family and friends.  I especially want to thank our

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ABJ: Fast-growing software maker expands Austin HQ again

The Austin Business Journal just ran another article covering BP3:BP3 Global Inc., a maker of business process management software, is increasing the size of its headquarters by 50 percent.The Austin company is expanding it’s Plaza 7000 office on North MoPac

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Operating Businesses and ISO 9000

Interesting post on Medium with a provocative title: “I sat down with a millionaire who operates 10 businesses while sailing around the world with his family“.  It’s a good read with some good advice.Each of the 10 businesses on its

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Welcome Back, John

They say you can’t go home again.  But for Lombardi alumni and BP3, it isn’t true.  Not every person we hire writes a blog post about it, but John Reynolds did. After stints at Lombardi and IBM, John worked with

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Sometimes Startup Advice is Really Good

Sometimes the advice offered to startups is really good, as in this piece by Fred Wilson on Growth vs. Retention (emphasis added).Entrepreneurs always ask what the one number they should focus on for raising money. I always say “90 day

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The Cheapest Vendor

Companies are often after the cheapest vendor for a project.  Not the best. Not good enough. The cheapest.  Or, if they’re being careful, the least expensive vendor.But in BPM, the cheapest vendor is actually the one that gets you the

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Revisiting the Effect of the Dot-Com Bust on Austin

What a great retrospective the Austin Business Journal has published on the dot-com bust in Austin, back in 2000-2001. The after-affects were felt through 2004. For those who doubt how hot it was: Unemployment was 2.1% in Austin – it is currently

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Tech Flash Titans: Full Profiles Posted

In the latest issue of the Austin Business Journal, the full profiles for the Tech Flash Titans recently awarded were published. You can see our press release here.  I love the title and subtitle:  “A New Kind of Process Server:

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Making Time

The other night I worked late at the office – it wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last – sometimes I’m the last one out the door. At some point around 6:30pm or so one of our

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So this happened… at the ABJ TechFlash Titans

I have to say, I’m very honored to receive the award for 2015 Best CIO/CTO from the Austin Business Journal and its judges.  The ceremony and reception were held at what was once the renowned music venue, La Zona Rosa,

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Being one of the Best Places to Work

In the land of startups and best places to work, there’s a temptation in journalism to cover the more prurient items: the parties, the trips, the wacky office perks, furniture, or policies. Executives for these companies, if pressed to justify the

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Brands over Products?

From the Stanford Business School e-book, “Build a Winning Business” a few interesting things to pull out of an interview with the North Face CEO Hap Klopp.It’s interesting that North Face really got its start as two stores, one in

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Customer Relationships over Powerful Brands

I may be talking my own book, but I really believe this article from Harvard Business Review, “Why Strong Customer Relationships Trump Powerful Brands”…In a sense, what is a brand if it isn’t the sum of all of the trusted

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Death by Thousand Cuts, Prevented

We’ve often told customers (and anyone else who would listen) that our projects tend to cost less, finish faster, and stall less often than the projects with other vendors.  And they go to production more often than the other vendors

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Really Hard

This snippet from a Bloomberg article on Apple’s ForceTouch and 3D Touch development and design effort (emphasis added) got my attention:“With [3D Touch] it was only at the moment where we finally got a design experience that’s like, ‘Yes! This

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Boomerangs

I love China Gorman’s post on Boomerangs. “It used to be that being a “job hopper” was a bad thing. Employers wouldn’t touch someone who moved around a lot. And employees almost never wanted to go back to a former employer.”Interestingly

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Which Hill to Climb?

Good discussion over on BPM.com the other day – in particular with respect to whether methodology is more or less important than technology to the success of a program.  Obviously they’re both valuable.My thoughts:The other issue is to understand that

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Creating Talent in Austin

The other day Lori Hawkins of the Austin American-Statesman published an article about Austin’s recruiting challenges and how Indeed.com is approaching the problem.Somewhat ironically, Indeed.com is also a job search site…First, let’s address the results of the ATC’s survey:“A recent

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Neil Ward-Dutton’s Take: A Masterclass in Customer Centricity

At BPMCAMP this year we had the honor of Neil Ward-Dutton attending alongside our team and our customers.  We’ve been following Neil’s work and MWD’s research for years, and I think we both felt it was time for Neil to

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Loyalty

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures wrote on the subject of Loyalists versus Mercenaries, and I’ve been meaning to address how I think about this subject. But teams come in all flavors. There are highly loyal teams that can withstand

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BP Labs: Letting Customers Sleep at Night [video]

Maybe you’ve heard about BP Labs, but you’ve wondered what BP Labs really is.  Many customers have told us that they didn’t fully appreciate BP Labs until they experienced it for a while.  I can appreciate that, because this is

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Eight years

Eight is a lucky number in China.  When my wife’s company had its eighth anniversary she rented a cupcake food trailer and drove to 8 stops around town (customers’ addresses) and delivered custom cupcakes!  We’re not quite as hip at

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Austin’s 2015 Fast 50 Announced: the 50 fastest-growing companies in Austin

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50:  fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.  Over the last 7-8 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy within which those fast companies are thriving. We’re proud to

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The Value of T-Shirts at BPMCAMP

We printed some great t-shirts for BPMCAMP, and then coincidentally I saw a post that made the topic worth writing about on the blog as well. Just recently local Austin entrepreneur Joshua Baer posted on Medium on the subject of

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BP3 in the ABJ: Best Places to Work Profile

The Austin Business Journal has been running daily articles on the Best Places to Work in Austin, and last week it was BP3’s turn, most of the text below: Describe your company’s workplace: Our culture isn’t about the ping pong

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Proud of our 2015 Interns

Our 2015 Interns represented well. This year they worked together to expand the scope of Brazos Portal’s compatibility with enterprise software like Asana and Rally.  They also worked out an interesting Apple Watch notification framework.  Both of which demo’ed really

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Oh the Places You’ll Go

We started BP3 in 2007, and bootstrapped it from just the two of us, to a team, to a company.  We used to quote Blues Brothers on a regular basis, “putting the band back together”…. because we felt like we

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BPMCAMP Early Returns

  [UPDATE: interested in BPMCAMP 2016?  The sign-up for information is here! ] I’ll have more to post about BPMCAMP as pictures and videos come in, and as I have time to synthesize.  But I’ll just say that it was

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The Value of Being There

In a day and age full of the virtual, perhaps we place a little more value on the personal, and the real. Virtual is better than letters, or email, but it isn’t better than a handshake or a hug, and

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Announcing: Brazos UI Enterprise 4

Our BP Labs team has released Brazos UI Enterprise version 4 last week.  I can’t emphasize enough what an awesome bit of engineering and coordination this release represents. Before we get into the details, let me just say how proud

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BPMCAMP 2015 In 3 weeks

It’s hard to believe BPMCAMP 2015 is only a few weeks away.  The content sessions are shaping up to be truly awesome. This is the conference we want to run for our own team, and we invite customers to join

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Legislating Competency: Another Perspective

Anatoly Belaychuk wrote a post in response to one of mine on the topic of legislating competency. We often find ourselves agreeing on topics related to BPM, despite very different backgrounds and experiences with different BPM tools. I take some

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Unfair Advantages and Recruiting

Back in March, on the SXSW-interactive panel that I participated in, one of the things we talked about was how we recruited top college graduates to Austin back in the ’90’s. It would be easy now to assume that Austin

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Austin’s Best Places to Work 2015: BP3 in the Top 8

Well, BP3 did all right in the Austin awards for Best Places to Work in 2015.  95% of the local work force has to respond to the survey to even be considered, and 70 companies were recognized across four categories.

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