Kevin, looking back on your career, starting with the early days of Claris up to the most recent release of FileMaker 15, what are you most proud of during your time at FileMaker?
Firstly, I think FileMaker is one of those evergreen products that continues to get better all time. When you think about it, there aren’t many other apps that have lasted as long as 30 years, as FileMaker has, and for all I know, it will probably continue well past another 30 and more.
But when I’m asked about some things I’m most proud of, I think of organizations who just could not exist without using FileMaker. And in terms of their mission, more recently, we learned about an organization called GoodWeave. GoodWeave is a non-profit organization out of New York and they are battling child slavery, which doesn’t get a lot of play in the media these days. Just every once and a while you might hear about the problem. And even today, especially in third world countries, there are companies making things like carpets and other goods that are sold in the first world, using child labor. Well, GoodWeave is out to eliminate child slavery and they’re using FileMaker in the field to document companies that are using children as labor. And there’s nothing that could make me feel more proud than knowing that FileMaker could help eliminate that problem – and it’s a big one.
So what is it about FileMaker that’s given it its staying power over so many years and where do you see the future of FileMaker heading?
[FileMaker’s staying power comes from] the fact that it continues to meet the needs of users who need to manage their data themselves. We’re always at work on first listening to our customers and evolving FileMaker based on their needs. We see the ability to access information anywhere and anytime as a key trend.
Kevin, what’s your favorite memory of working with FileMaker?
Over the years, I’ve loved working with the media to represent FileMaker and the FileMaker community to the public. Secondly, it’s always been fantastic to work with FileMaker developers. They’re on the front lines and have always helped us to better understand what customers want. Last but not least, working with FileMaker staff has been a great experience. They’re all amazingly talented and dedicated!
With your retirement from FileMaker just around the corner, what are your plans for the future?
My plan is to be a connoisseur of life. You know, I like to travel and that gets me in a lot of trouble and takes me in a lot of different directions. I may continue to do some PR consulting now and again, but you know, primarily travel. And like I say, a little bit of consulting and a little bit of enjoying life.
Kevin, from all of us at CoreSolutions Software, we thank you immensely for your dedication to and passion for the FileMaker platform. You are truly, “On fire about the promise of technology!” We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, as you continue to explore this beautiful world.
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