Julian Stone here, CEO of www.proactivesoftware.com, developers of www.proworkflow.com (Project management software). I’m a serial creative thinker and have a passion for creativity, business and entrepreneurship. This blog is where I share my thoughts and ideas.
Since the early days at school til the current adult days I’ve been involved with many businesses, in many forms, but the real passion I have is designing ideas from scratch and seeing them through to completion. I love startup businesses and their associated challenges; the fact that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know! Every day is an opportunity to meet a new person, learn a new skill, tackle a new challenge!
My personal background is 15yrs in graphic design, ad agencies, 3d animation, video editing, multimedia, print, prepress and other creative persuits.
About 1999 I was made redundant, mostly due to a failing internet company I was working for at the time. It was also about the time of many ‘.com bombs’ where many startups failed due to a distinct lack of any real business plans, paths to revenue or just crazy and unrealistic business ideas.
I saw from the inside out, what happens when a company collapses. It was messy, complicated and a lot of people were hurt, both emotionally and financially. However, amidst all this came a blessing! I met my wife, Sarah, who was was also working for the company. Out on the street at age 25 and not many jobs available, it was ‘sink or swim’. I chose to ‘swim’, and started contracting initially, then business, and haven’t looked back.
There have been hard years, and I’ve learned a lot, but heading down the business path rather than employee path was the best decision I’ve made career-wise.
I’ve surrounded myself with many like-minded friends and look forward to an exciting ride ahead!
This blog is designed to discuss my thoughts on matters (yes, I’m very opinionated) and to share lessons I’ve learned from people, books, experience or the school of life. ;-)