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Presenting at Walnut Street Labs Startup Meetup


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be presenting at the Walnut Street Labs Startup Meet up next Tuesday morning at 9.  I’ll be presenting a two-part talk:

Part 1: Opportunities for Startups in the Microsoft World

For various reasons the startups getting the lion’s share of the attention are focused primarily on the non-Microsoft world of Apple, Google, Ruby, PHP, WordPress, etc.  Basically ABM – Anything But Microsoft.   In this discussion, we’ll look at reasons why the Microsoft startup ecosystem is a great place to be and one that is simmering beneath the headlines.  We’ll discuss everything from tools and platforms to market share and opportunity.  You might be surprised at how amenable the evil empire is to startups and realize that you ignore this potential market at your startup’s peril.

Part 2: Moving from Consulting to Product

Consulting is easy money, but it’s not sustainable.  I’ve been a consultant for 19 years, but I can’t do it for another 19.  Over the past year, I’ve been positioning my company to make the jump from the grind of consulting to the sustainable, recurring revenue model of products.  In this session I’ll talk about things that have worked for me and things that haven’t, lessons I’ve learned, and ideas I have for the future.  If you’re in a similar place, or want to be in a similar place, then maybe you can learn from my experience and avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made.

The presentation will be live-streamed so pay attention to Twitter for the URL.  If you’re in the West Chester, PA area feel free to stop by – 23 N. Walnut St, West Chester, PA next Tuesday at 9AM.  There will be lots of time for questions and discussion and I’d love to hear your experiences.

Announcing Aptillon

Things have been crazy lately, but I’m excited to announce a project that has been in the works for the last couple of months…a brand new SharePoint consulting company that I’m a founding member of – Aptillon (  There are 7 founding members and we’re all pretty jazzed about finally being able to announce this publicly.  We are:

  • Todd Baginski
  • Darrin Bishop
  • Dan Holme
  • Gary Lapointe
  • Matthew McDermott
  • Maurice Prather
  • Little ol’ me

Our official company announcement is available here:

Why a new SharePoint consulting company, you ask?  Why not just stick with Mann Software?  Well, Mann Software isn’t going away, Aptillon is just sliding in on top of it.  Largely it comes down to the fact that there is a lot of SharePoint work out there; there are a lot of companies that claim to “do SharePoint” but tend to do it badly and that needs to change.  By banding together with a couple of like-minded individuals, I can work better, faster, smarter and serve my clients (current and future) better.  I have a group of partners that I can work with, bounce ideas off of, share things and that can help me when I need it and get help from me when they need it.  We’ve already worked together on a few projects and they’ve all gone swimmingly well.  Here’s to more of the same…