Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

On Board

Next month, I’m thrilled to join Pingboard, a new Austin startup.

Pingboard sets out to solve one of the core problems faced by small and medium size companies: how to add, update, organize, and harness employee data. The problem looks like disparate Google spreadsheets and a hodgepodge of information silos; the result is overworked studio managers and disconnected employees.

I’ve had the privilege of working on interesting products during my time at Gowalla and, more recently, Return Path. My focus has been on consumer apps, but I’ve long been fascinated by products that solve problems for people at work. Watching and learning from great services like Intercom, Sifter, Basecamp, Asana, Slack, and Editorially is an ongoing pastime. As a product manager, I’m eager for the challenge of creating tools that make the hours we spend at work easier, more productive, and when possible, more enjoyable. I’m grateful for the chance to join this talented, thoughtful team building a great product and company in my favorite city.

If Pingboard might solve problems your company is currently facing, let us know and we’ll follow up with you. We’re currently running pilot programs with a few companies, but will be opening things up soon enough. This is just the first step forward.

I’d love to learn from you, too. Office managers who craft a thriving, productive culture out of chaos deserve great products that put them first. Startups and growing companies deserve solutions without the baggage that typically comes with “business software.” How can Pingboard made your work and your company better? Drop me a note and let’s talk.

Read more about the vision behind Pingboard in this post from Bill Boebel, Founder and CEO.

P.S. For those of you who know me through Uncommon, there is much in the works as we continue to reimagine online community together. See you on the front porch.