Mike Jones?

May 30, 2007

Yes, Mike Jones is my real name.

I am the least liked guy in the whole company. I am the one who has to say no. No to the fully enclosed domed cubicles with sliding doors and skylights. No to the quad processor quad core desktop PCs. No to 6 flat screen 30 inch monitors for each developer (3 is plenty). No to the recumbent Herman Miller massage desk chairs. No to the offices large enough to fly more than 3 RC toys at any one time. No to the “must haves” outside the budget. In short, I am the evil CFO. Some have even called me Iron Fist.

In spite of my constant no’s, we have built an amazing culture of innovation by saying "yes", a lot more often than saying "no" over the last two years.
Here are some of the things we've said yes to:

  • Yes to 10 of us starting the company when no one believed we had a prayer of surviving.
  • Yes to outside investment.
  • Yes to going ahead with the idea of a private network.
  • Yes to building out data center space not knowing when or if we would ever see that first customer.
  • Yes to not taking salary the first year to get the business started.
  • Yes to investing in programmers to build a portal that gives customers what they want.
  • Yes to spending extra money on infrastructure to allow us to build server farms on a scale never seen before.
  • Yes to the API project.
  • Yes to giving our developers time to be creative and come up with new ideas.
  • Yes to Muenster Fest!! (Lavosby or Samf can explain in a future blog)


In the future, I hope to be able to share more with you from a financial standpoint about how we make this business work.

-The Real Mike Jones (CFO, SoftLayer)

p.s. To put the rumors to rest, this is not me. In fact, none of these are either.

Comments

May 30th, 2007 at 4:41pm

Solid, that means I can have one more monitor.

May 31st, 2007 at 8:55am

Yes to Muenster Fest!!
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You wouldn’t happen to mean the awesome beer festival in a certain fantastic little German town north of Dallas (west of Gainesville) that goes by the same name? Don’t be the guy that says no!

Is anyone at Softlayer from Muenster and/or the surrounding areas?

May 31st, 2007 at 8:56am

That's the one :)

May 31st, 2007 at 9:14am

I have been known to roam that area from time to time and have even called the place "home" when I was younger. It's a good little place to be from and a great place to go back to (esp during the 'fest).

May 31st, 2007 at 7:12pm

Say NO to Muenster Fest? And miss out on all the fun and festivities? Even a CFO has to have some excitement!

Muenster Fest will always be in this company's budget. Seeing how we just made the last payment on that new fiber run from Dallas to Muenster, we have to go back.

June 22nd, 2007 at 8:23am

I've had to deal with "NO" for the last 26 years. You guys have just had to deal with it over the course of a couple of years. :-)

Good Luck!

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May 30th, 2007 at 4:41pm

Solid, that means I can have one more monitor.

May 31st, 2007 at 8:55am

Yes to Muenster Fest!!
--

You wouldn’t happen to mean the awesome beer festival in a certain fantastic little German town north of Dallas (west of Gainesville) that goes by the same name? Don’t be the guy that says no!

Is anyone at Softlayer from Muenster and/or the surrounding areas?

May 31st, 2007 at 8:56am

That's the one :)

May 31st, 2007 at 9:14am

I have been known to roam that area from time to time and have even called the place "home" when I was younger. It's a good little place to be from and a great place to go back to (esp during the 'fest).

May 31st, 2007 at 7:12pm

Say NO to Muenster Fest? And miss out on all the fun and festivities? Even a CFO has to have some excitement!

Muenster Fest will always be in this company's budget. Seeing how we just made the last payment on that new fiber run from Dallas to Muenster, we have to go back.

June 22nd, 2007 at 8:23am

I've had to deal with "NO" for the last 26 years. You guys have just had to deal with it over the course of a couple of years. :-)

Good Luck!

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