This is the 2nd post in our graduate series. Post 1 is here.
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The first graduate success story we’re proud to highlight is Blindside Networks. We’re huge fans of the work they’re doing and have been extraordinarily privileged to watch them grow for the past eight years.

For those of you not familiar with Blindside Networks, the company was co-founded by Fred Dixon, CEO and Richard Alam, CTO, around the open-source project “Big Blue Button”. At the time they were introduced Richard Alam was a master’s student in the Carleton University TIM (Technology Innovation Management) program developing Big Blue Button and Fred Dixon was an experienced entrepreneur interested in new opportunities. The two of them have been hard at it building both their company and the BBB open source project.

The Big Blue Button project takes the online classroom to the next level and allows students to be able to attend classes from anywhere in the world. Fred, Richard and the Blindside Networks team keep Big Blue Button users happy by providing a world class open source project with contributors from around the globe and excellent customer service. Blindside Networks and Big Blue button are generating sustainable growth one customer at a time. Check out the following video where they highlight their secrets to success and lessons learned:

To reiterate, the key lessons learned by Fred and Richard throughout their Blindside Networks journey were:

  1. Survive.
  2. Find customers, make them happy and repeat.

We’re thankful to have been able to participate in at least some small way in Blindside Networks’ growth to this point and we’re even more excited to see what the future has in store for them.

Stay tuned for our next graduate interview with Ken and Phil of Insight Design Labs!

-GG