Innovating From Within: How To Push For Change Despite Current Success
Clay Olivier, CEO, Volusion, Inc.
It all started on a pleasant September day, where, at the 2008 Web 2.0 Expo, I was impressed by the potential that a killer API could present. Back at Volusion, Inc. headquarters, my business partner and I had often talked about the idea of building a new platform to disrupt the market. But to that point, it was nothing but an idea — and why wouldn’t it be? Here we were, reaching new heights as an organization: gaining and retaining new customers more efficiently than ever, looking to expand office space, and executing on plans to dominate the SMB e-Commerce space.
After attending this conference, however, I knew we had to look past our current success and turn this idea into reality — we just had to figure out how to do it. And now, five years later, we’re rapidly approaching the release of our new enterprise commerce platform, Mozu, to the world. Looking back on what we’ve accomplished since that day in 2008, I realized that it all stemmed from an ability to innovate from within, despite our existing success and continued plans for growth on that path.