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BPMCAMP: Our Cup Runneth Over

We had a pretty special week in Austin last week. We hosted our global team and select customers for BPMCAMP. And I couldn’t be happier with the final product.  It just gets better every year.By way of background, this is

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Austin is a Great place to Grow a Business

I just saw an article in the Austin Business Journal – apparently CNBC has named Austin the #1 city for startups:Owing to its entrepreneurial bent, the quality of its labor pool and its booming population, Austin has been ranked by

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Funding in Austin, and Our Experience

Much has been made of the funding climate in Austin over the last 6 months or more.  Further, much as been made of Austin’s City Council’s relationship with high tech, given its policies regarding TNCs (ride hailing) and STRs (Short

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Culture: SaaS Companies and the Stall

Jason Lemkin’s post about SaaS companies stalling out at $20M s a good read. In it, he uses a fictional company that is growing 14% a month on a $5M base of annual recurring revenue to make a point about

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Unicorns and Customer Support

Lauren Smiley wrote a truly great piece on the trend of unicorn “startups” sending their customer service departments to far flung parts of the United States in “Congratulations, We’re Moving Your Department to Tennessee.”It does a great job of describing

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Speaking of Culture: Boots

Culture is partly about tradition.  At BP3 we have a few intern traditions that I really love.  We try to keep the interns guessing but if they read the archives on the blog, or talk to friends, they’ll know about

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Culture: Unlimited Vacation

A recent article in the Austin American-Statesman touts the “unlimited vacation” benefits that some Austin tech companies provide.  BP3 happens to be one of those companies, though we weren’t covered in the article.“Indeed is one of a number of Austin

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A Big Day for our Team

For nine years we’ve run BP3 for our team and our customers, funded only by the fruits of our own labor and the profits of our own enterprise.  Bootstrapping a business is incredibly rewarding. It presents constraints that challenge you

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Austin has its Groove: Two Interesting Perspectives on Austin Tech

Over the last 24 hours I read two perspectives on Austin that almost perfectly capture the zeitgeist of what’s going on here. First, there’s this piece about Austin being in the top 5 cities for tech talent, as ranked by CBRE,

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Sandy Kemsley on the Tibco ActiveMatrix BPM Update

Sandy Kemsley recently attended Tibco’s user conference and covered some of the updates to the BPM portfolio while there:He next gave us a statement of direction on the product lines, including more self-service assessment, proof of concept and purchasing of

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We’re committed to the UK, and we’re committed to Europe

In the Austin American-Statesman on July 1st, Lori Hawkins and Lilly Rockwell ask “What’s next for Austin tech companies after Brexit?“It’s a fair question to ask – because Austin and London tech companies have been forging closer ties for years

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Taking Wellness Seriously

Wellshift’s blog just had a nice call-out to the Austin best places to work who take wellness seriously:Austin Business Journal has announced it’s list of The Best Places to Work in 2016. These winners were picked due to their innovative

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5 Things to consider when selecting a service partner

If you missed Ted Irani’s post on LinkedIn, here’s your chance to read it in full.  Ted’s 5 things to consider should be top of mind for anyone picking a vendor – but in particular a BPM vendor.‘Selecting a delivery

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Austin’s Best Places to Work in 2016: BP3 Places #2 on the List!

Our team at BP3 has once again voted us to the top of the list for places to work in Austin.  75 companies participated in 4 categories.  We finished #2 this year in the our category (50-249 employees), just behind

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Best Burgers in Austin

Thrillist occasionally produces great content about Austin, and a series of “bests” in Austin has really done well with it.    Recently they posted a list of the 25 burgers to eat before you die (no comment as to whether

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BP3 and Student Loan Genius

Plansponsor.com has published a profile of BP3 and our Student Loan Repayment benefits.  It’s great coverage of the benefit that we provide to our employees via another Austin startup, Student Loan Genius. From the article:SOLUTION: Two years ago, Francis heard about

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A Warm Welcome in the Nordics

When people in the past asked me about the value of culture, I likely would have said that good culture was important for any of the following reasons:it makes it a better place to workit makes it easier to recruit

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For Release: BP3 Global Announces the Acquisition of Futurum IT’s Interests

Editors Note: This is a copy of BP3’s press release announcing our acquisition of Futurum IT in Denmark. This team is a really wonderful group and we are looking forward to our continued success in the Nordics. London, England 10 June

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Contributing back to the Community

We spend a fair amount of time giving back to the BPM community by sharing our best practices.  But we also like to give back when it comes to our experiences and know-how in other areas. Two recent posts on

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Nine Years

BP3 was formed 9 years ago in May.  We’ve come a long way since then.  In 2008, we attended Lombardi’s “Driven” BPM conference in Austin, with our first two additional partners in crime, Flournoy Henry and Greg Harley:(Note: pre-sweater vest!

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Proud Moment for our Team

It’s a proud moment for our team to announce our incorporation in Holland today.  Better yet that we were able to share the news with our customers and partners in Holland this week with our team on the ground.  As

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Doubling down on Decision Management

There are rare opportunities to combine forces with another company that really embodies everything your company stands for.  In Teknovare, we have found such a company, and earlier today we publicly announced our acquisition.  Teknovare has in many ways been

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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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