We are excited to announce that Keyhole Software Co-Founder and Managing Partner Chris DeSalvo has been interviewed and featured on StarterStory. Starter Story is an online publication that interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares the stories behind their businesses.
The article is titled On Starting A Software Development And Consulting Firm With 85 Employees and includes details about his growth as an entrepreneur, key strategies of Keyhole Software’s success, current and future business outlook, and tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.
About The Featured StarterStory Article
DeSalvo’s Journey To Entrepreneurship
In this article, Managing Partner Chris DeSalvo details the entrepreneurial journey that led him and David Pitt to found Keyhole Software in 2008.
“I’ve worked in the technology space since the 1990s when I met my (now) co-founder David Pitt…We worked for the Kansas City division of North Carolina-based CrossLogic Corporation. I’m happy to say that CrossLogic was successful, so much that it was acquired twice within the next few years…
As anyone who has been through an acquisition knows, it changes things. Through all of those changes, David and I found that we worked well together. Everything that we had accomplished for the various brands we worked under— well, we could do that for ourselves.“
Keyhole Software Growth Strategies
DeSalvo also provides an insight into what priorities, strategies, and tools have assisted in Keyhole Software’s successes.
“Maybe it was because we started Keyhole just before the 2008 financial crisis, but I’ve certainly learned the importance of staying lean and flexible. It was tough, but we learned valuable lessons overcoming that recession.
Things like not growing just to grow, but growing incrementally and organically. Keeping our overhead low—instead of buying a luxurious office with a receptionist as soon as we were in a position to do so, renting an office suite and expanding cost-effectively as we outgrew each of them. Spending our revenue where it counted, on our people.
This mindset showed its value in our growth over the years and in getting through the COVID-19 pandemic. Though 2020 was challenging for every business, 2021 looks positive with many projects coming down the pipeline and eleven new employees.”
Suggestions For Emerging Entrepreneurs
DeSalvo details tips and suggestions for aspiring entrepreneurs, including influential resources and tools that have helped him throughout his career.
“Another thing to remember is the importance of working with people with contrasting skills, backgrounds, and strengths. Something that has, time and time again, helped me is the ability to bounce ideas off of my technical counterpart, Dave. When we find ourselves with the need to make decisions, we help each other see both sides of issues—his technical, mine business—and make the best overall decisions for the firm.”
…I believe that if you have the right idea, enough determination, and a good partner, anyone can become an entrepreneur.“
View The Entire StarterStory Article
See the entrepreneurial article by Chris DeSalvo of Keyhole Software in its entirety at https://www.starterstory.com/software-development.