On course to a ‘blindly bright' future for Web application firm
Patrick Quinn is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Webapper, a Fort Collins-based web application software firm. Patrick leads a dispersed team in all aspects of Web application engineering. Webapper has an impressive client list including Ernst & Young, NASA, Visa, Cornell University, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and numerous agencies of the U.S. federal government, to name a few. Q: How long have you been in business? Ten years this May. We currently have five full-time and two part-time employees. Q: Any startup costs? No. We followed the bootstrapped method of starting up. For the first few years, my partner, Mike Brunt, and I shared work that we each had won through independent contracts. It wasn't until 2004 when we first put ourselves on payroll. Q: Did you use a business plan? No, but I was the CTO for another startup in Los Angles where we went through an in-depth business planning process, and I'm an advocate for business planning. One of the best books on the topic in my mind is “Business Model Generation.” In the software world, it's far easier to generate immediate cash flow in the beginning than it is to create a sustainable business model around the software you've developed. Q:
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