Our Friends of the Firm series: For a seed to grow, it’s best if it falls on fertile soil. We believe that a lot of what determines a company’s success depends upon community. Our Friends of the Firm series is our attempt to highlight some of the friends, family, mentors, advisers, customers, and more that play a part in the SimplySocial journey.
Dean Bear Baker, of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy, has been a long time supporter and friend. I first met Bear at an evening BBQ up at Allan Johnston’s house (one of our investors / mentors) when I was still 16. I was a little embarrassed as I was pitching him about my business in shorts and a t-shirt while he was (as usual) impeccably dressed in a suit and tie. Bear was one of the first investors in my previous business, Tyler Systems, and has been a mentor of mine ever since.
Thanks Bear for everything you do!