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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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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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Clarity and Authority

Another article that leans toward founder-CEO as ideal: Product development requires vision. […] [then, quoting Dorsey:] “You should expect Twitter to be as easy as looking out your window to see what’s happening. […] But Twitter can’t just be the

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OTB 2015

 We recently threw our fourth OTB conference for Trilogy Alumni right here in Austin, Texas.  It was another fantastic event, leveraging the value of a great entrepreneurial network. I’ve become a big believer in the value a conference can add

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Wie geht’s, Frankfurt!

A new direct flight from Austin to Frankfurt is launching in 2016.  It looks like a seasonal route to begin with, just making two round trips per week, but it is a start. I’ll be curious to see how well

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Congrats to MWD: 10 years!

I just saw this post from Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors. It’s 10 years since we started MWD Advisors… a time before the launch of the iPhone, Twitter and Amazon Web Services, and when Facebook was still a hobby site.

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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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Advice from Jean-Louis Gassée

Jean-Louis Gassée has offered advice on the HR-less performance review, and now also has a post on Firing well.  In both cases while I, and BP3, don’t do it the way Jean-Louis advises, our approach is closer to his than

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Founders Grid: Austin Startups You Must Know About

Nice post from Founders Grid giving a shout out to 50 (Fifty!) startups in Austin that you should know about. Austin is rising as a magnificent hub for tech startups. Not only is Austin host of SXSW Interactive Festival, but

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Is There a Process for the Pitch?

Lots of people have advice for the startup pitch.  Austin’s own Joshua Baer has given a presentation, several times, on the art of the pitch.  If I remember his three step process correctly it was: Make the case for change-

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Human Resources in the Era of Age Stereotypes

Last week I was honored to be invited to participate in a panel discussion at the AHRMA Workforce Readiness Day 2015 conference.  Especially honored because I am not, technically, an HR professional. Before our panel began, I listened to a

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Build + Grow

Whenever we reach an inflection point at BP3 and need to evaluate the right next steps, I’m always grateful for the ability to read about all those who have come before us and their experiences.  It is upon their examples

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Bob Metcalfe, Internet hero, on Austin Startups

Loved this SiliconHills article on Bob Metcalfe and his goals for Austin.   Right down to the picture of him holding forth in a UT classroom, presumably, where he is mentoring University of Texas undergrads and professors on the art of

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Congrats to WP Engine

Nice to see the local investment climate in Austin is going strong.  Spredfast raised more money, and so have several other companies, and today comes the announcement that WP Engine has raised $23M to invest in growth: We now serve

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Capital Factory, Austin, and Ireland at #SXSW

An interesting trend at SXSW interactive over the last few years has been the increasing presence of delegations from other countries.  It starts with their spaces on the Expo floor- increasingly large, welcoming, and showing off startups from home right

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The Trilogy Alumni Effect Recap: Slides and More #sxsw

Sunday morning I and three of my favorite Trilogy Alumni gave a panel discussion on the Killer Network – Trilogy Alumni and their affect on Austin and startups.  If you want to rate our session, use the SXSW Go application,

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The Trilogy Effect at #SXSWi

It’s been 3 years since Lori Hawkins wrote about the Trilogy Effect in the Austin American-Statesman.  She and anyone else with an SXSW interactive badge will have another opportunity to look behind the curtain of the Trilogy recruiting and networking

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Leveling Up

Start from the Premise: You want a Promotion I read everything Jocelyn Goldfein posts because her writing is so good, so clear.  After reading her post “How to ask for a Promotion” on Medium, I’ve been thinking about writing on

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Austin’s Good Year: 2014

Built in Austin has an annual report out on Austin startups. It has some great stats: $993M in funding, 123% increase. 1115 companies founded 31 exits $437M+ from exists! The article gives great props to Capital Factory, Bootstrap, Brett Hurt,

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The 30th Angelou Economics Forum

Since 2009 I’ve been attending the Angelou Economics Forum at the Austin Convention Center.  For 30 years, Angelou Economics has been providing the best insights into the Austin economy and its place in the overall economy of Texas and the

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Smoke Signals

I’m not a big believer in managing by smoke signals.  When you read about Fortune 500 companies in magazines, the authors often write about CEOs and leaders in those organizations, and key moments in their tenure. They almost always discuss

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2014: Year in Review

2014 was another great year for BPM, and for BP3.  2014 Lacked the fireworks of some previous years – fewer acquisitions and fewer existential arguments between ACM, BPM, and ECM proponents.  What we did see was BPM vendors acquiring capabilities

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Open Source and Making Money

“It’s hard to make money when you give the shit away” – Dave Kellogg Dave Kellogg wrote a great blog post on the subject of making money in open source, and how challenging it is.  He chose the Hortonworks S-1

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A Year in BPM Blogging, 2014

Again our Blog had a good year.  Page Views per month were sitting at around 9,000 at the end of 2013… But by the end of 2014, page views were in the 13,000 to 14,000 range. Interest in Brazos and

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14 Best New Coffee Shops

Thrillist is out with a list of the 14 best new coffee shops.  Well, they did themselves a favor by saying “New” because otherwise they’d have a monumental task to sort out the “best” in the US. I haven’t been

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FounderDating: Trilogy the #2 Most Entrepreneurial Network

No, not talking about alumni of universities.  We’re once again talking about the alumni of companies, and FounderDating’s take on who is most entrepreneurial (last published 13 months ago).  Last year, Trilogy’s alumni network ranked 3rd.  This year, second. And

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Austin Startup Scene and the Trilogy Effect

This is such a cool resource about Austin startups that I had to share.  Openview Partners has published a quick guide to the Austin startup scene.  And it is just a great way to get a quick grasp of what’s

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WP Engine, Local Austin Startup Goes Big

Recently saw this news in the AustinStartup blog, about our hosting company, WP Engine.  In just about any business, these numbers are exceptionally good: [T]he company has surpassed 23,000 customers with 200,000 + domains, representing a customer increase of 130

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Fred Wilson on Values

Such a great read from Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, on Values: Most companies have a mission statement and many have a values statement. But not so many companies live their values so much that they permeate the company and

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Austin-London Connection: New Nerd Bird?

The Austin Business Journal has a great article about the increasing business ties between Austin and Britain – but specifically London – thanks to the new direct flight service on British Airways.  Having just made this trip, I can attest

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Austin Fast 50

We are happy to report that we have appeared for the fourth time in the Austin Fast 50 list this year – #23 on the list.  The competition was, as always, steep.  Once again the list is full of a

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ABJ: Austin’s BP3 Acquires Overseas Consulting Firm

Hopefully you’ve seen our Press Release, and read Lance’s post on the subject. Now the Austin Business Journal has weighed in: Consulting firm BP3 Global Inc. has acquired London-based Modexe Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. The Austin-based business disclosed Tuesday

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For Release: BP3 Global Announces the Acquisition of Modexe Ltd Interests

We’re excited to welcome the Modexe team to the family – a great delivery team and a great culture fit. Here is the official press release for our acquisition of the interests of Modexe Ltd: BP3 Global Announces Acquisition of Modexe

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Congratulations to Conjur

My old friend and former office-mate, Kevin Gilpin, is in the news. Better yet, he and his company are in GigaOm.  There’s a lot to like about this story. Kevin (CTO) and wife, Elizabeth Lawler (CEO), co-founded Conjur and I

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Amazon’s Moat

Quartz included a great article a few weeks ago on Amazon Prime – the retail world’s most unbreachable “moat”.  In general, reading about Amazon’s business strategy is an interesting proposition.  And even if we can’t all run a retail juggernaut

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Proud of Our 2014 Interns

Our 2014 Internship program really stepped it up a level this year.  This is the fourth year BP3 has had an intern program, and every year it just gets better.  If you’re an Austin firm and wondering how you can

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7 years of Gratitude, and Fortunes that Come in Threes

Seven years ago, I joined Lance to help start BP3.  I’ve shared this story before, but recently retold the story and thought I’d share again here. I had a good conversation over dinner at First Chinese BBQ in Austin, with

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BP3: Finalist in Customer Service at the GABA Awards

Last night we attended the Greater Austin Business Awards dinner, as a finalist in the Customer Service category.  While we didn’t take home the hardware, we’re very proud of our team that put us in as a finalist among 400

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BP3 in the Austin Fast 50 for Fourth Straight Year

We just concluded our annual meeting last week, and then this week notifications went out from the Austin Business Journal for the Fast 50 awards.  For the fourth straight year, BP3 is in the Austin Fast 50, based on our

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Thinktiv Rewrites the Business of Startups

Thinktiv just relaunched their site, with an emphasis on clients.  Over 200 companies launched and transformed, 120 products, and pretty amazing investment and exit values generated ($1.3B and $2.5B respectively). We sought Thinktiv’s help with our mobile product strategy –

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Congratulations to 21CT

21CT is a local Austin success story (and a BP3 customer!).  Yesterday there was a bit of great news coverage for 21CT’s “Torch” offering on the local news in Austin: On Monday, Austin company 21CT launches a new computer system

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The “Dr. Koop Building”

The building that BP3 leases space in has been an iconic building in Austin.  During the dot-com years, it was the “Dr. Koop” building, and that’s how I’d referred to it for years.  You could almost identify how long someone

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Process, Recycling, and Conference Tables

We wanted something special for our conference table in our new office.  I knew just who I wanted to call – Bryan at Jobe Fabrications. I’d seen his work thanks to a friend, he manufactures everything local in Austin, and

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Great Coverage in the ABJ Today for BP3

“The thing with Business Process Management is that there is no finish line” – Lance Gibbs, CEO of BP3.   BP3 has been growing leaps and bounds lately.  So it was a great surprise to see this article cross my

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Taking the Easy Way Out, Instead of Doing the Hard Work

Recruiting is hard work for a growing company.  First of all, it is hard in that you have to put a lot of effort into it.  Secondly, it is hard to make good decisions about who to hire and who

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Have Your Own Convictions

I love this post by Jason Cohen, “No *I’ll* tell you the answer!” – in which he perfectly captures how much conflicting advice you’ll get on your startup journey.  Of course, replace “startup” with “career”, or “company”, or “investments”. There’s

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Investing in People is Part of the Culture

This year we started working with SLB (Student Loan Benefits) – an Austin-based startup that helps companies (and their employees) help pay off their team’s student loan debt.  Education is a critical enabler of what we do as an organization,

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Austin’s Best Places to Work: Local News Coverage

It’s always cool to get covered in local news.  In this quick video on our local Fox affiliate, they talk about the winners in each category of the ABJ’s Best Places to Work survey.  But while they’re doing that, a

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Austin Startups: It’s What’s for Dinner

I’ve previously commented on the trend of Austin eateries exporting good food (or clearly, building up the kind of operational capability to handle multiple local or regional locations).  Austin makes some great food.  And it travels well. VC’s may not

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