Last week, SolidFire held its inaugural Analyst Event. Such activities tend to be the preserve of larger organizations, so the fact it happened begs both a comment and a question. The comment is to give the SolidFire team kudos for pulling off a well-executed and insightful day…it certainly punched above its weight. The question is to wonder what made the management team at SolidFire decide to undertake this exercise? And the two main answers to that – well, at least my two main answers to that – are what makes this particular startup interesting right now.
First of all, “things” (that means the basics of engineering, sales, recruitment, customer implementations – all the important things) are of course going along pretty nicely…you don’t tend to hold your first Analyst Day otherwise! There’s money in the bank, the company is functioning well, users like what they are getting (we had full, easy access to the three guest users), and the product is performing admirably. As a Colorado-based company, growing like a weed (!) is encouraged! That said, SolidFire feels like – indeed, has always felt like - a very measured management strategy and approach – and that leads us to the second answer.