I had the pleasure of working for a man named Chuck Holland in the mid 90's. Chuck is a wonderful, bright and generous man, now semi-retired after a wonderful career as a high tech entrepreneur, even including a part in Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Winning Novel "The Soul of a New Machine." Chuck told me something I have never forgotten, and I'm happy to pass it over to you. "The only thing you should expect from a startup is that, when it's done, you can do it again. If that's not enough for you, then don't do startups in the first place, because that's all you should expect from it."
Well, Chuck, I want to introduce you to The Thomas Howe Company, the third company I have started. I am pleased to announce that my business partner and I have signed a lease on some space in Osterville, we've hired our first people, and most importantly, we've signed up our first four customers. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce ourselves to the world. Wish us luck.
Our mission is simple: we want to help our customers integrate real time communications with the business process. Why? Because it makes businesses faster, makes businesses more efficient and makes customers happier. How are we doing this? We take our own assets, including a yet-to-be-announced service and software components, along with our partner's assets and provide professional services to integrate them into our customer's infrastructures. Our customers? Enterprises of all sizes, especially in the healthcare and financial verticals. We long for the day that carriers will understand this new world of communications and offer it to their customers.... but I hope you'll forgive me if I seem dubious about that possibility.
To all of our friends, family, partners and well-wishers - thank you for all your support. We've appreciated it in the past, and we'll depend upon it in the future. If you are ever in Osterville, we'll buy the coffee.