In 1997 when Dean, Libby and myself founded SRC we had a 5 year plan. Little did we know that 5 years would bring 9/11, the dot com bust and some of the most difficult business times of our lifetime. By 2010 we had rebuilt and reimagined the company as Alteryx and are now 8 years into another 5 year plan. I have given my working life to this company and product called Alteryx and I am super proud of what we have created. But with so many 5 year plans come and gone, the time has come for me to move on to the next phase of my life. While I will no longer be working at Alteryx on a daily basis, I will be available as an advisor to the company and developers for the foreseeable future. I am proud to have earned the titles: “Co-Founder of Alteryx”, “Creator of the Alteryx Engine” and “Creator of the Alteryx Designer.” I will wear them with pride for the rest of my life. I consider myself extremely lucky and wish to thank everyone in the extended Alteryx community. So a huge thank you to everyone in the community and specifically to:
Co-Founders: I am lucky to have had the privilege to found this company (twice!) with Dean & Libby who have worked tirelessly to create something bigger than all of us. Thank you.
Investors: We have been very fortunate to have investors who believed in our vision. I think that we have built a foundation that will stand the test of time. Thank you.
Contributors to the product: I first want to thank Tara, Rob B and Linda. They were so instrumental to the creation of the product that it wouldn’t be the same without each of them. I also want to thank Adam, Amy, Ben, Chris K, Chris N, Dan, Darren, Gary, Jarrod, Josh, Kory,
Kurt, Melissa, Nathalie, Rob M, Scott, Steve A. and many others who have helped in so many ways to make the product better. Thank you. There is a much larger list who are continuing to work on the product today. I hope everyone gets to know them in the future, because the product is in great hands and I am excited to see what they accomplish.
Contributors to the company: A product is worth exactly nothing without a great company behind it. Alteryx is a great company and has so many people that are passionate about serving customers, users and other employees. It has truly been a pleasure working with everyone. In specific I would like to thank Anna R, Chad, Grace, Jack, Keith, Kim, Lonny, Margarita, Margie, Maureen, Mike C, Paul, Reed, Rod, Seema, Wendy and many many others.
Users: Without users, there is no product. From before 1.0 to the present day, we have always had an amazing group of passionate users. At any given time, there has always been a few users that have had my direct phone number and have given me invaluable feedback and advice. Never once has anyone ever abused that privilege. I hesitate to name anyone because there are so many I can’t fit them here, but in specific I would like to thank Adam, Adrian, Andy, Cady, Chris L, Gary, James, Jim, Joe L, Joe M, John, Ken, Mark, Mike, Nathalie, Ron, Sean, Steve P., Todd and Tom.
The Alteryx Community: The community that all of you have built around Alteryx is amazing. Never in the history of software has there been such a vibrant community of amazingly nice and kind people. You guys are amazing. Thank you. Alteryx would never have made it without you.
My Family: Thank you to my parents for buying me that TRS-80 when I was 10 years old. I think we can say the investment finally paid off. Thank you to my 4 children for being on the ride with me. You make life interesting and worth living. And last, but very much not least, a huge thank you to Nathalie – you are the love of my life and I am so excited to be with you every day. I couldn’t have done it without you.
I am certain that I have forgotten many people that I individually want to thank – so many people have helped me along the way. So a huge thank you for reading and sharing this journey with me. I would love to hear from all of you. Reach out to me on social media or ned (at) inspiringingenuity (dot) net. And if you find yourself in Colorado, lets get together for a bike ride, hike or coffee.