I’ve always had the firm belief that all consultant were w^#$ers – charging lots of money for stating the obvious, living the fat cat life and doing nothing productive – yep when it comes to consultants I have a pretty “blue collar” attitude.

I had an email exchange with a friend though who told me that you’re only a consultant if you’re charging for the advice you give – at the moment I’m sitting in Chennai, India while here for a week helping out Zoho fortunately I’m doing it for “love” not money so I’m not yet a consultant ;-)

Anyway – the following sign greeted me at Zoho. Thanks for the welcome guys and stoked that I’m not a consultant – welcome signs or not!

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

  • Neat, would have been a nice surprise for you.

  • So that job you did for Telecom wasn’t consulting? If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck,…

  • Remember way back when entrepreneurs and consultants were thought of as folks who couldn’t get a real job? Now it just has to be about the adventure doesn’t it. I did a similar gig to Brazil a few years ago and can’t wait to return. Make friends, have fun and bring lots of stories home for the kids Ben. Safe travels buddy.

  • @Jim – ouch (although I can always count on you for an ouch 😉 )

    The Telecom thing isn’t consultancy – they’re sponsoring a community I’m helping build. (and yeah maybe some of the earlier stuff I did for them bordered on consultancy)

    Basically I’m trying to differentiate myself from the blood sucking vultures – I’d like to think that I’m a little different from them…. maybe?

  • @Steve – Thanks for the kind thoughts (and words!)

  • Does this mean we have to call you Mr Ben from now on? 🙂

  • We spent a few months in the middle east a couple of years back – they’re big on the Mr Ben thing there to so I can handle it.

    How ’bout you Mr Raf?

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