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)