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Fireside chat with Kevin Wilson, CEO of WebBoss

Who is Kevin Wilson?

Originally I trained in electronics and system automation and my first business was in that space. However, having a musical background, over the years I moved into various areas of  the music business and ran a number of recording studios and live music venues.

What’s the story behind WebBoss?

About 10 years ago my son Luke started to develop a new type of website building tool. When I looked at it I saw that it could quite easily be tailored to work for music related businesses, plus it’s modular system fitted nicely into the old sort of direct sales business model, which would make it more versatile than what was around at the time, so WebBoss was born founded by the two of us.

What was the most difficult part of your experience in the early beginnings?

Realising that developing a SaaS business was a lot different to any of the traditional businesses I’d ran before. It required outside investment, which I’m disappointed to have experienced isn’t easy to acquire in the UK for tech businesses like ours. Things have changed over the years, but we’re still miles behind the US and I believe a lot more technology could come out of the UK if funding was easier.

What are you most proud of regarding your business?

That some of the largest companies un the country use the WebBoss system for their clients, including Reach PLC and Ryman, along with a number of significant strategic partners such as Worldpay and Getty Images. Also, the worlds No: 1 seller, AppSumo selected WebBoss to be a ‘Featured Product’, which will be launched mid-August to its 1M+ global community.

What is your vision for the future of WebBoss?

For WebBoss to be the platform of choice for professional website designers.

What’s your advice for the businesses that are trying to adapt to this economic climate?

Embrace new technology and quickly adapt to use it to keep up with the fast changes in the business world since the pandemic.

Please name a few technologies which have the greatest impact on your business.

Systems that make remote working and meetings now acceptable such as Slack, Teams and Google docs.

What books do you have on your nightstand?

I’m not much of a reader, I generally read boring tech stuff like user manuals!

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