the August 10, 2001
invests in future by sharing wealth
few years ago, if you were to ask Asif Bakar about his vision, his
response would have been filled with dollar signs.
As president of Milwaukee-based Xorbix
Technologies Inc., Bakar set out in 1998 to make a fortune with
his then two-person computer consulting company.
But as the company started to grow and change, so did his vision.
"My motivation changed from making
a lot of money for myself as a business owner to making money for
the company and sharing it with the people who are making this company
grow," says Bakar.
Xorbix started as a software consulting company focusing on client/server
consulting and Web application consulting.
It has grown from one to 15 full-time employees in the past
three and a half years.
"There were challenges when we
were starting," says Bakar, "In the beginning, I was the
only guy consulting and the first person I hired was a salesperson.
All she would do was make calls; I knew if we got placement,
we could make it."
And the company did get placements.
It landed its first major deal when it developed a software
program for Accurate Reimbursement Provider.
The trend continued as Xorbix decided to expand its services
and acquire specialized expertise in Internet/intranet development.