Alex Barnett blog


Joining Intuit

Firstly - thanks to everyone who has reached out to me in the last three weeks via email, phone calls and comments since I shared the news of my pursuit for the next adventure - I have really appreciated everyone's support and interest in my next steps.

The great news is I'll be joining Intuit as a Group Manager working in a fast growing start-up team responsible for leading the Intuit Partner Platform. Below is a snippet and some links to blog posts and articles that should give you a fairly good idea about where my focus will be a week from now.

Although I'll be working from the Orem office (Utah) to start off with, the plan is to ultimately move to the greater Boston area - another new adventure. I've visited Boston three times in the last year or so and have loved it more and more with each visit, so watch out Boston!

This is a fantastic opportunity for me personally - the team has ambitious goals and an amazing set of existing assets to leverage (see some of the numbers below) in becoming a significant player in the cloud computing space. I look forward to sharing stories of my new journey with you.

"The Intuit Partner Platform not only gives developers the opportunity to build Web-based applications, but successful SaaS businesses by taking the complexity out of managing infrastructure, hosting, user management, integration and billing. Now developers can focus on developing innovative on-demand software solutions that solve unique and important problems for the four million small and mid-market businesses across the U.S. that use QuickBooks and the 25 million employees that work in those companies.

The platform-as-a-service offering allows developers to combine the powerful open source Flex framework and Adobe Flex Builder and the proven database of Intuit QuickBase to build rich Internet applications that work with QuickBooks data. They can also leverage Adobe AIR to provide additional desktop-like functionality in their applications, such as pop-up notifications, local file system access, local data storage, and the ability to create a fully branded user experience.

"We have now accepted more than 1,000 developers into the program and it is exciting to hear their ideas and energy about what they want to build," said Alex Chriss, business leader for the Intuit Partner Platform. "Customers will benefit greatly from the imagination and expertise that developers use to solve problems facing their specific industries." "


Dion Almaer said:


Congrats. Sounds very exciting indeed. Sorry that we didn't get a chance to meetup at Web 2.0 Expo NYC!



# September 21, 2008 5:03 PM

Disgruntled Quicken for Mac user said:

Say hi to the Quicken for OS X development team. I hear he's very lonely down there in the basement, all by himself.

# September 21, 2008 7:24 PM

alexbarnett said:

Dear Disgruntled Quicken for Mac user - I looked around to understand a little more about Quicken for Mac...I don't know if this will cheer you up: (built for Leopard...makes full use of Spotlight)


# September 21, 2008 9:11 PM

Alan said:

Congrats on your new position Alex!  

I hope you enjoy your adventure to Boston.  I've never been there, but there is something alluring about it and is one of the places I could be persuaded to live in.  Onward and upward!

# September 21, 2008 10:23 PM

Betsy said:

Congrats Alex! Let me know if you move to Boston - I grew up round there and can give insights.



# September 21, 2008 10:55 PM

Sandy K said:

Congrats.  Glad to see you landed on your feet so quickly!  Boston might be my favorite city and Intuit makes some really great products, so I see great things ahead for you. Good luck!


# September 21, 2008 11:27 PM

Mike said:

Congrats Alex!  I've worked in Boston a bit with my last company - it's a lovely city, one I could definitely spend a lot more time in, am sure you'll love it.

# September 22, 2008 3:26 AM

tabs farooq said:

well done mate! Great news, hope it all goes well for you.



# September 22, 2008 7:31 AM

Ted Haeger said:


Great news to hear that you so quickly found a new gig.

For the record, I'm NOT pleased with the idea of you moving away. :) Until you do, the Happy Sumo awaits.


# September 22, 2008 11:29 AM

Daniel Posch said:

Glad to hear it!

I moved to California less than a week ago, and I'm loving it. Best of luck in Boston.

# September 22, 2008 6:14 PM

Korby Parnell said:

Awesome! Be thee Alex of Alston or Alex of Arlington I wish you great happiness and success.

Beware bellicose Bostonians, particularly the little Bill Bellicieks clad in gray. They're taciturn trolls, I tell you. And frowning is contagious.

Keep in touch!


# September 25, 2008 3:47 PM