Alistair Deakin

Company: KaleidaCare
Founded: 1995, purchased by Alistair in 2006

What inspired you to start your company?

I believed that foster children could be kept safer and given an increased opportunity for life success if the organizations caring for them used quality software that reinforced best practices and leveraged outcomes data.

What is your company mission?

To be a leader in extending best practices throughout child and family service agencies.

What has been your proudest moment as a Founder?

Every time a customer agency is able to report success with a client, I take pride. But I’m most proud of the fact that no matter how tough times were, the people that stood by me and the mission never had to miss a paycheck.

What has been your most challenging moment as a Founder?

I put everything I had on the line to buy the company, right before the financial crash of 2008. I sold my house and moved into my office. Worked without a salary. And, had to motivate the team to keep growing the company.

Favorite quote:

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

— Proverbs 27:17