The 2013 Seven Small Jewels: Blue Stone International

Jay Laabs never envisioned he’d run his own company. Oddly enough, he always dreamed that he’d work at a big firm, but “coming out of college, none of those places wanted to hire me so I ended up working for a small software company of about 40 people,” he says.

Blue Stone International - Jay Laabs Jay Laabs never envisioned he’d run his own company. Oddly enough, he always dreamed that he’d work at a big firm, but “coming out of college, none of those places wanted to hire me so I ended up working for a small software company of about 40 people,” he says.

“Because it was a small firm, I was exposed to a lot of different aspects of the business—marketing, product development and sales—even though I was a project manager. The owner pulled me in to help in all of these other areas and I got to have input into various aspects of the business.”

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