This Mother-Daughter Team is Changing How You Live in "The Cloud"

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Jenn: Here are my three tips for managing relationships within a family business:

- Defined Roles. Have clear roles and responsibilities within your organization to prevent any misunderstandings that could lead to a larger issue down the road.

- Listen to Your Parents. Carefully consider what your partners have to say, even if they are your parents. They may be right... sometimes.

- Speak Your Mind. You may be the child in the family, but in business you are an equal partner.

Kathy Nelson

What was a game-changing moment in your life?

Kathy: When I started my first business, Main Street Music, in 1999, I was so happy. I had always been a mom and wife, and then suddenly I became an entrepreneur. Then soon after that, a customer came into the store to show me all the CDs he had just downloaded for free. That was Napster, and suddenly the music industry changed. I had to change my business model and be very creative, thinking outside the box.

What's next in cloud services? Where are the growth opportunities in this field?

There is no doubt that more and more of what is seen today as traditional technology services will move into “the cloud.” This transition is dependent only on the imaginations of technology leaders, but in the end the real winners are the small businesses and solopreneurs. The continued shrinking gap between large and small businesses will lead to significant growth in the economy as individuals realize the benefits. The cloud as we see it today is still relatively small.

That being said, Ovaleye wants to bring cloud services to the small business owner and solopreneur. For Ovaleye, the growth opportunity is in these large groups that have not yet adopted the cloud services model.


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