C3 PORTRAIT: Jared Gould
WHO: Jared Gould
EDUCATION: Undergrad: University of Rhode Island. Graduate: Master of Leadership from Northeastern University
TYPICALLY FOUND IN C3: In the middle section with no windows, where the phone cubicles reside. “I make a lot of calls in sales, so I use the booths a lot,” he says.
CELEB HE’D LOVE TO LUNCH WITH: The Beatles. “These guys were the greatest band of the last century. I just want to find out what it was like for them.” Gould is a musician who played with a band [name - Fairhaven] for several years, where he even opened once [more than once - Twice] for the Doobie Brothers.
WHAT HE OFFERS: Enthusiasm, energy, and excitement. Networking and educational offerings for small businesses.
FAVE CIC/C3 FOOD: French Vanilla Yogurt and granola cereal
Bookkeeping isn’t generally considered one of the more exciting things on this planet.
But spend a few minutes with Jared Gould of Supporting Strategies, which provides accounting services to small businesses, as I did recently in the Venture Café, and you might just find yourself feeling really upbeat about numbers!
“There’s nothing sexy about bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is bookkeeping,” admits Gould. “But the way in which we deliver these services is innovating the industry and helping small businesses and startups be more efficient.”
Zeal comes with being in sales, yes. But there’s a fresh vitality to Gould’s nature that he also attributes to being so new to CIC/C3, having taken space here just a few weeks ago.
“Everyone is so passionate about what they are doing here. Even with their heads down, everyone is working so hard. It makes me want to work harder,” he says. “Some of the inventiveness around here blows my mind!”
Gould is not an inventor — “I’m sales, I don’t come up with ideas,” he says — but he has a startup spirit. His entrepreneurial activities concern pioneering a new role with an established company, Supporting Strategies, which assists start-ups and small businesses with their accounting and bookkeeping.
What excites Gould about Supporting Strategies is that its services allow entrepreneurs to off-load number-crunching tasks so that they can focus on the innovative work they do best.
As Gould tells it, the Supporting Strategies’ professionals are impressive. Many of them are CPAs and/or have MBAs and several years in corporate business, with an average of about 10-to-15 years’ experience, he says. They are frequently stay-at-home parents who have a few hours each day to do some ledger work after they drop the kids off at school in the morning.
Gould’s voice rises as he tells how he wants him and Supporting Strategies to be known at 1 Broadway as “the networking guys.” With over 260 clients and about 70 coming on board each year, Supporting Strategies has a lot of great connections. “We want to make those work for the community,” he says. The expertise that Supporting Strategies’ clients possess will be made available to business folks in special educational events, as well as in Small Business Bootcamps, or what he calls a “1 Day MBA.”
Gould is planning regular networking events, beginning next Tuesday, February 4, in the Havana Room on the 5th floor of 1 Broadway. He will be hosting Bootcamp Replay, with speaker Charlie Popkin, who will be presenting: “Business Growth & Risk Management: Proactive Steps & Pitfalls to Avoid.” It’s free, educational, and a great way to network with other startup owners. More information can be found at www.bfbootcamp.com/replayfeb.
Gould’s job with Supporting Strategies — he’s been there about 3 months — was made possible by the fact that the 10-year-old company has been enjoying greater success, and is developing markets elsewhere, like Santa Monica, S.C., NYC, Stamford, CT, South Shore Boston, and Southern NH. Gould is focussed on the Boston/Cambridge area.
Gould’s secret to success? “Hard work, and a process-driven approach,” he says. Every morning he makes a to-do list that includes two categories: one for items he needs to react to right away, and another for proactive items that will yield payoffs later.
“So much opportunity,” he says.