Welcome to the first episode of the Eric & Chilah Show. Let’s start at the beginning. We hope you enjoy getting to know us more and come to trust us with your most valuable assets: your employees and the governments money (taxes).
Eric Jones: What’s up?
Chilah Weller: What’s up, Eric?
Eric Jones: So this is our first blog. Are we calling these vlogs?
Chilah Weller: I think we’re calling it the Eric and Chilah Show. Vlog number one.
Eric Jones: Oh, we are going to call them vlogs?
Chilah Weller: That’s what we’re going to call it. So when you first met me, what did you foresee for the future?
Eric Jones: You made me throw up. Not going to lie. I’m wearing that trench coat today.
Chilah Weller: I know.
Eric Jones: I walked in… So we met at MMS holdings. Should we say that?
Chilah Weller: Yeah.
Eric Jones: So we met at MMS Holdings, it was a pharmaceutical company. I’m walking in, you guys are in 100 North.
Chilah Weller: Yep.
Eric Jones: I’m walking in. I’m about ready to throw up. I love Meyer. So I drove to Meyer. I got there like two hours early. Then I went to Meyer, and then I came back. I was about ready to throw up the food I ate at Meyer.
Chilah Weller: Wow. That’s intense. So let’s get back to [inaudible 00:00:55]. So when we first started our implementation project at MMS, we were working in 100 North.
Eric Jones: You were way over your head.
Chilah Weller: You used to say that that was your dream. What was your dream?
Eric Jones: So I always wanted to be with a group of young professionals in an office environment, having fun and getting the work done.
Chilah Weller: And getting work done. So, do you think that you developed your passion for technology in 100 North, or do you think it was just further enhancing that passion?
Eric Jones: I think it further enhanced it, actually. I Actually built my first computer about the same time that I did my interview with you.
Chilah Weller: I had no idea you built your own computer.
Eric Jones: I told you.
Chilah Weller: Is it still working?
Eric Jones: I think I still have it, but no.
Chilah Weller: Yeah, so that’s not the profession you’re going to choose. No more building of computers. So I think for the audience and for everybody, what is this to you and then I’ll answer it. What’s the significance of 100 North to you?
Eric Jones: She’s asking this because we’re thinking about rebranding our payroll business to 100 North because that was where I first kind of met her, was in 100 North. That’s where we had a whole summer of implementation for like three months, getting that ERP ready to go. And then that’s where we did our first big pitch to make this a reality.
Chilah Weller: Yeah.
Eric Jones: And we got shot down.
Chilah Weller: And we did.
Eric Jones: We did. And thank god we got shot down.
Chilah Weller: Thank God we did, because we would have never launched. So yeah, 100 North, to me it is the beginning of going up, which is sort of funny because it’s North, and being really young and probably in over our heads, but fearless, and realizing that the sky is the limit.
Eric Jones: So how old were you back then?
Chilah Weller: I was like 25 or 26.
Eric Jones: And I think I was like 22.
Chilah Weller: Yeah. So, we were really young, had no idea what we’re doing.
Eric Jones: That was a long time ago.
Chilah Weller: And now we get to make our own dreams come true.
Eric Jones: I think we’ve known each other for what, a little over nine years? Nine years, now?
Chilah Weller: A little over nine years.
Eric Jones: [inaudible 00:02:55].
Chilah Weller: And no regrets, right?
Eric Jones: Mostly. Mostly.
Chilah Weller: Here’s the last thing I’m going to ask you. One of the things that people always ask me is how in the world do you make a partnership work? Because we see partnerships all the time-
Eric Jones: We’re not married. For everybody, we’re not married.
Chilah Weller: Never married.
Eric Jones: Never been. Well, I am married right now. [inaudible 00:03:14]
Chilah Weller: Why do you think that this partnership works?
Eric Jones: Could you let me have my way?
Chilah Weller: Fair.
Eric Jones: So there are things that I am passionate about you let me have. There are things you’re passionate about I let you have. And those things that we’re both passionate about, we generally already see eye to eye.
Chilah Weller: We generally do see eye to eye. I know one of the things that I think that you helped me do is to have further confidence in myself operationally. Like if I think a project is too hard, and I’m starting to kind of psych myself out, you just push me head first into it, and then I end up becoming the expert. So, I appreciate that about you.
Eric Jones: I like to push.
Chilah Weller: What do you like about me, Eric?
Eric Jones: What do I like about you?
Chilah Weller: What do I do for you?
Eric Jones: I’m curious why you think the partnership works.
Chilah Weller: I think the partnership works. Yes, the man and woman dynamic is good. But I also think that fact that we were in the trenches together. So, it wasn’t like we just found each other randomly, and we had already made it in life and we both just dumped like our fortune into this business, and had other people doing it for us. We had to be in the trenches. You took a second mortgage out, I joined a 401k, and we were head first in that together.
Eric Jones: Thank you, Scott, for that.
Chilah Weller: Yeah.
Eric Jones: I also think, too… I love what you said. We also had our own mid-life crisises together.
Chilah Weller: We sure did.
Eric Jones: So that would be not the 40-year-old crisis. That was like that late-twenties crisis?
Chilah Weller: I think what he’s trying to say is we grew up together.
Eric Jones: We did grow up together.
Chilah Weller: And we’ve been a part of each other’s milestones.
Eric Jones: She named her second child after moi.
Chilah Weller: It’s the middle name, but I believe that friendship and family first, and then the business, and when you start to put the business over that, that’s the collapse.
Eric Jones: I agree. So, we hope you enjoyed this first video. There’s going to be more of it. Hopefully this thing will get rolled out sometime in November of 2019, and look forward to the next one in December.
Chilah Weller: We hope you guys enjoy.
Eric Jones: Bye.
Chilah Weller: I have no idea what that’s going to be.
Eric Jones: [inaudible 00:05:16].
Chilah Weller: I don’t know. I think [inaudible 00:05:19].
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