Businessfriend: The New Kid on the Block
Businessfriend, a start-up internet company located in Southern California, has revealed it's ready to take on the giants of social media, with what they believe is the latest professional social networking utility – www.businessfriend.com.
Back in the latter half of 2011, a small team of just ten people got together to kick start the development and design of their new product. Inspired by a new vision for professional networking based on what they felt was lacking in the industry, the small team of digital experts got to work. Just one year later, in June 2012 (having recruited just one more team member), they quietly launched a Beta version of the site.
“When you have a site that’s dedicated as much to social identity as it is to professional productivity, you want to be sure you achieve a good balance,” says Freddie Pierce, the VP of Product Development. “Young professionals and experienced professionals have different needs and desires and we’re trying to accommodate all of that.”
While still in the first stages of funding, Businessfriend has no misgivings about going up against well-funded and well-staffed public companies.
“We get it. We’re going up against social media giants at home and abroad. That’s what fuels us,” says Rhonda Marable, the Communications Director for the start-up. “There’s always room for something new at the table and I think we’re bringing that.”
The registration-based Businessfriend platform combines social networking with common business utilities like email, calendar, and CRM tools, housed in their unique “drawers”. Additionally, the cloud based storage and sharing system, the Doc Manager, provides each member with 1G of storage for free.
“By Christmas, we’re going to begin active testing of our recruitment tools to be launched and marketed in early 2013. Businessfriend Jobs is going to be a major game-changer next year,” says Freddie.
“We’re working with hiring managers and a variety of companies to make sure that we get our recruitment manager right,” Rhonda adds. “I have 2500 free job posts to give away and I’m not afraid to use them. Especially here in San Diego.”
For more information about Businessfriend, please visit www.businessfriend.com
Businessfriend™ is a professional networking site that operates under their signature BUSI™ platform. A Business Utility with a Social Identity, Businessfriend provides members with the opportunity to meet contacts, collaborate, and communicate in an environment that melds social networking with software-like tools to conduct business online.
Dark Wolf: accelerating security for USAF
As a small company whose biggest customers are the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, Dark Wolf Solutions (Dark Wolf) is a triple-threat, specializing in Cybersecurity, Software and DevOps, and Management Solutions. Dark Wolf secures and tests cloud platforms, develops and deploys applications, and offers consultancy services performing system engineering, system integration, and mission support.
The break for Dark Wolf came when the Department of Defense decided to explore software factories. Rick Tossavainen, Dark Wolf’s CEO, thinks it was an inspired path for the DoD to take. “It was a really great decision,” he says, “Let’s pull our people together as part of this digital transformation and recreate what Silicon Valley startup firms typically have. Let’s get into commercial facilities where we have open windows and big whiteboards and just promote ideation and collaboration. And it creates this collaborative environment where people start creating things much more rapidly than before.”
It has been, Tossavainen says, “amazing to watch” and has energized the Federal Contracting Sector with an influx of new talent and improved working environments that foster creativity and innovative ways of approaching traditional problems.
“We originally started working with the US Air Force about three years ago. The problem was at the time you could develop all the software you wanted but you couldn’t get it into production – you had to go through the traditional assessment and authorization process. I talked to Lauren Knausenberger and she told me about Kessel Run and what eventually came out of this was the DoD’s first continuous ATO [Authority To Operate].”
The secret to Dark Wolf’s success – and its partnerships with USAF and Space Force – lies in a client-first attitude. “We’re not looking to maximise revenue,” Tossavainen explains. “We tell all of our employees, if you’re ever faced with an issue and you don’t know how to resolve it, and one solution is better for the customer and the second is better for Dark Wolf, you always do number one. We’ve just got to take care of our customers, and I look for other partners that want to do that. And let’s work together so that we can bring them the best answer we can.”
Rapid releases and constant evolution of software are common themes among USAF’s partners. Like many firms operating in the commercial and public sector spaces, Dark Wolf leads with a DevSecOps approach.
“Failure is tolerated,” says Tossavainen. “If it’s not going the right way in three months, let’s adjust. Let’s rapidly change course. And you can tell really quickly if something’s going to be successful or not, because they’re doing deployments multiple times a day – to the customer.”