I’m excited to join Ordway as head of Sales because in my 30 year career I’ve often been hampered in my ability to serve the needs of my customers, chiefly because the Finance team couldn’t support an ideal commercial relationship.
Founders from the Rise of the Rest portfolio (ROTR) descended on Washington DC to network, learn from each other, and take advantage of top-notch programming from the ROTR team.
Prior to the official kick-off of the summit, we welcomed Founders from across the country for a bit of pre-networking with other DC Tech leaders. We were happy to facilitate good discussions on a wide number of topics including scaling up.
Our business is about eliminating manual workarounds in scaling businesses’ billing process from the initial sale of their service, through upsells and renewals, to revenue recognition. When I was an accountant, my training and education centered around basics of double-entry bookkeeping, credits and debits, T accounts, etc. It turns out I learned and implemented 500-year old methods to keep my clients’ books in order.
As companies scale, especially in this SaaS-dominated economy, management teams will sooner or later be confronted with a build vs buy decision. All companies large or small, tend towards wanting to control everything they can. Compounding this natural inclination, if something is painful but “working,” they push making hard choices down the road. It's difficult to uncover what an organization is best suited to own fully, and what is worthy to hand off to external partners.
Like a performance vehicle's suspension, or the spine of a world-class sprinter, alignment is key to outpacing the competition. For businesses who want to change the world, it comes down to more than a great idea. It comes down to the alignment of three teams: internal, external, and home. The Ordway team here in DC recently celebrated a wonderful 2018 with good food and conversation about what we accomplished in 2018 and the opportunity that lays ahead for 2019.
Recently announced as one of DC Inno’s 50 on Fire, a “collection of the people, companies and organizations that are heating up D.C.’s innovation economy across six categories,” Ordway is on a mission to eliminate manual invoicing and revenue management workarounds by building the world’s most effective billing and finance platform.
Customers across many industries use Ordway to automate billing and revenue recognition. The platform simplifies finance operations so teams can focus on strategic growth activities. Ordway is efficiently solving the age old problem of getting paid by your customers, by marrying modern technology and talent, with decades of finance, accounting, and billing expertise.
When we heard the news that Ordway was among the DC Inno 50 on Fire recipients, the team saw it as a validation that we are helping our customers automate painful back-office processes around billing customers and proper revenue recognition.
The main reason we’re on the list is the great team we've assembled to tackle really tough billing problems on behalf of our customers (we're hiring, so if you want to join an awesome crew, we'd love to hear from you). Our goal has always been to bring together a set of finance experts and top engineering talent to shape Ordway's modern billing platform.
The combination of modern technology, coupled with decades of finance, accounting, and billing expertise mean we’re able save companies money, uncover lost revenue, and let them “manufacture time” they didn’t have before. We save our customers 100s of hours each month, and that newly discovered time means freedom to focus on scaling their business.