Andre Durand

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Cisco buys Jabber

September 19, 2008 By: Andre Category: Entrepreneurism, Life

News of Cisco buying Jabber hit the street this morning. This is a really nice landing for the company and all of the employees of Jabber, as I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cisco as a company that really cares for its people.

Jabber was an incredibly fun (albeit short) ride for me personally, and it’s nice to see this really great technology along with all of the passionate and dedicated people achieve a great outcome.

Congratulations Jabber! Congratulations Cisco!


Ask. But ask the right person.

September 09, 2008 By: Andre Category: Entrepreneurism, Life, Musings, Ping Identity

If you’re a visionary entrepreneur, the last person you want to seek advice from is another visionary individual. What’s contradictory in this statement is that often times, ‘future’ ideas are intriguing to other visionaries, so it’s easy to get their attention.

As a general rule, the smarter the individual, the farther out they are able to project a plausible outcome within any given market. The danger of surrounding yourself with these types of individuals as a startup is that you chase ideas who’s time has not yet come. If you’re part of a larger company, you need to have these forward scouts looking for the discontinuities in the market, as it takes longer for the big ships to change direction. But as a startup, being too early will most likely kill you.

To add insult to injury, when the market does finally break out, you’ll look back and say, “I saw that coming”, but you will not reap the benefit from your insights.

I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. The people that I needed to talk to early at Ping were the very ones that seemed near to impossible to get to. These were the people who actually did the work, not talk about it. Typically, these individuals are more introverted and their opinion rarely asked. However, THESE are the guys you need to get to. These people will tell you where to connect your vision in todays reality.

I know, it’s counter-intuitive, like so many things in life, which makes the insight that much more powerful if you realize it.

Keeping our Cool with Hot Sauce

May 19, 2008 By: Andre Category: Entrepreneurism, Life

Keenan Adams (pictured first) developed a love for hot sauce at an early age. So much so, he and his family, Steve and Laurie Adams started making a homemade (and very secret) batch of Keenan’s Killer Hot Sauce and giving it out at Christmas. They sent a batch to our Special Forces in Iraq, and they returned the favor by sending Keenan a Special Forces T-shirt, and taking pictures of the Keenan in action. How friggen cool is that?

Keenan hot sauce is indeed killer — and also addicting. Batch 1 is in short supply. I hesitate to even talk about it, for fear we’ll run out. That said, the K sauce made it to Moab with me this weekend (last pic). Just doing my part to keep it real with the K sauce.