Heather and I recently had a conversation about "who are today's Fred Rogers and Bob Ross"? It seems that there aren't any such prominent role models today that seem to be so wholesome, caring, and just good (both on screen and off). As we probe this further we do find some other examples that perhaps fit the bill (Steve Irwin, Dolly Parton, and Betty White were all suggested). It doesn't take long before we question this person or that person, and we need to define some values on which we're going to determine who deserves to be on the list or not. After further reflection, I decided that this is a good exercise to explore our personal core values. With our company retreat coming up, knowing our personal core values will help us be prepared for updating our company core values.
Brian is a self-taught computer geek and business owner. He grew up in a small business household (family business is electricians), running a BBS in middle school, to installing Novell Netware networks (from cabling up) in high school. He has been using Linux as his primary OS at home since ‘99, built and hand-tweaked his own spam filtering boxes for businesses for about 10 years, was a one-man IT shop for a manufacturing company, computer programming on Linux, Windows, Mac, PalmOS, and other embedded systems all the way down to assembly. He also learned to operate a 70’s scanning electron microscope.
Prior to founding Gozynta, Brian was part of a small MSP that grew through the 2008 recession. Brian was hired as the 5th employee to do server support, but his responsibilities quickly grew as did the company. Including several years of travel doing software consulting for manufacturing companies, built and led a custom development arm of the business, and finally spent 2 years as CEO and co-owner. His drive for excellence led to Gozynta’s motto, “All software sucks, we’re just trying to make it suck less."
Software is a process that’s executable by a computer. As a software developer, Gozynta is a process creation company above all else. We write code that executes business processes for our customers, we write business processes for ourselves to follow, and we write documentation to help our customers follow the right processes for using our software.
QuickBooks Online has a feature for receiving receipts that makes it easier for you to categorize them and have transactions ready and waiting when you run your bank feeds. However, you still have to manually forward each invoice to QuickBooks, and setting up automatic forwarding for Gmail is a pretty problematic affair .
In America, we pride ourselves on being resilient. Facing challenges and not shying away from them.
Unfortunately, in this crisis, I’m seeing vanishingly little of that. The rallying cry isn’t “let’s work together to adapt to the new situations” but it’s whining about “when can we go back to what it was like before”.
At Gozynta, our company motto is “We understand that all software sucks, even ours. Our mission is to make it suck a little less each and every day.”
This motto developed organically, but it has its roots in the values that I’m trying to build the company on.