I always knew that I wanted to start my own company. I did so back in 1993 when EPS Software incorporated. I was 19 years old at the time. EPS Software has now been in existence considerably more than half my life. And what a ride it has been!
I have always had a passion for computers and software, and, perhaps more unique for a geek, a passion for business. Thus creating my own company, even though entrepreneurship like this is not common in my native country Austria, was kind of a given for me. There were quite a number of hoops to jump through (especially since getting business licenses for someone “that young” was not easy at the time), but it all worked out. I am glad it did.
There is no such thing as “being self-employed” in Austria, hence EPS has always been a properly incorporated company from day one. However, a few years later, when it became clear that was cost prohibitive to grow a business in Europe, I “outsourced to America.” It simply made more sense to do so, especially since EPS already had many customers in the US (such as Microsoft, Qualcomm, and others). After jumping through more hoops, EPS Software Corp. opened its doors in Houston in 1999, and we are still here today. (And BTW, “EPS Austria” still exists, although the company was re-established a number of years ago and it is not a direct continuation of the original company).
Throughout the history of the company, a lot has changed. Technologies have come and gone several times over. We have even adjusted and tuned our services and our approach to business in general. But at core, our purpose has always remained the same—We help people and companies build better software! The specifics of this may change, but this core mantra will always remain the same. Everything we do revolves around this idea. This is our purpose!
Founder, President, and Chief Software Architect