Learning to be wonderly

  • Sep 10, 2018


“I am brave, I am bruised, this is who I’m meant to be, This is me.”  Yes, please sing along for all the other Greatest Showman junkies out there. No judgment here if you just burst into song.

Last winter I watched the Greatest Showman in the movie theater.  I laughed, I cried, I bought the movie so I could laugh and cry some more. J

 This movie resonated with me for many reasons. Like many of the characters in the movie, all of us are on our own unique journeys.  And yes, some of us do indeed go off and join the circus to showcase our magical talents. I have also decided it is time for me to join the circus- the startup circus. 



Truth be told, my journey in the circus began over 13 months ago and I am finally ready to talk about it. I’ve spent my career implementing SAP technology. I still love it and actively implement it and that’s not changing right now. I have an incredible amount of respect for SAP and the industry they have built. They have a very powerful software brand.

 But last year, I came across a problem that just bugged me.  For the first time, something new bothered me enough to want to do something about it. I had always implemented software that others built. In my heart, I knew that change was afoot.  The time had arrived for me to build software. What do you do when that quiet voice inside tells you there is something more? Could I dare build my own circus?


Any ringleader building a great circus understands that a wildly divergent cast of characters is necessary to create a delightful experience for the circus going customers. Each character possesses their own unique skills, and together they create something truly magical and dazzling. I’m approaching building wonderly software solutions the same way. I’ve worked with many local partners right here in Minnesota each with their own beautiful and amazing talents. You’ll hear and see more about them and from them over time.

 Using the latest tech in circus building technology (called human centered design), I’ve engaged the circus-going target market to ensure I’m delivering software products they want to purchase.  Wonderly has been a very well kept secret- over 150 people have either participated in giving feedback or have been part of my partnership team. It’s an incredible honor to have so many people aid in this journey. And now we can finally talk about it, the cat is out of the bag!


There is so much to share about the journey of a ringleader- more than can ever be covered in one post. I look forward to sharing the lessons I’ve learned, and including even more of you on that journey.

 For those in the Minneapolis area, I will be speaking about wonderly during Twin Cities Startup week in How we built this- a team approach for wonderly software solutions.  I’m speaking with two partners I’ve worked with along the way on the genesis of the wonderly name and brand. We’ll also talk about why finding strong partners you can trust is essential along the journey.



Let the show begin!

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