Phil Burns, whom I have described in the past as a Web 2.0 native that makes me feel like an old, slow, immigrant, is now heading up one of the most exciting things we are doing at Provo Labs. He describes in a recent blog our new Provo Labs Consulting services and how we will are utilizing our employees, our portfolio companies, and their extended networks to provide excellent technology and business solutions for its customers. Phil is on fire with this concept. He has had a very successful career as a business analyst and applications developer. But never has he had hundreds of resources (our employees, their contacts, our portfolio companies, and all their solutions, including hundreds of open source projects and Web services APIs) at his fingertips. His ability to solve business problems is magnified many times because of all these connections and resources. As Phil is able to hire more developers and consultants, if he can train them to think like he thinks, and act as quickly as he acts to match up solutions (people and companies and software that we know) to problems (business needs), this system may become the greatest asset we have at Provo Labs, because we’ll use it for customers as well as for our own startup companies.
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