Asia Bridge Forum Taipei – “Business Revolutions in the Cloud”

Payroll Hero co-founder Michael Stephenson was on stage at the Asia Bridge Forum in Taipei speaking on a panel about “Business Revolutions in the Cloud” to Entrepreneurs Organization /Young Presidents Organization members from 16 countries.

Joining Mike on the panel was the Simon Huang the Chairman of WPH Holdings which the largest electronics distributor in Asia, David Siu a VC from Hong Kong and Koki Uchiyama a Japanese internet pioneer. 

(Michael Stephenson)(Pictures courtesy of Julia Chen)





NAWBO LA – The 26th Annual Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon

I had the honor of being invited to speak at the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Chapter’s (“NAWBO LA“) 26th Annual Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon.  It was a pleasure being at the event with so many amazing entrepreneurs.

I was on a panel called “KEEP MONEY: How to save money and increase your bottom line” that was focused on cost cutting measures, online tools as well as tips and tricks from the panelests personal experiences.

The panel included Jason Nazar, co-founder of, Marylou Garcia, Managing Director of Expense Reduction Analysis and myself.  The moderator was Rita Dailey, SVP of Union Bank.

After the panel was the luncheon, where NAWBO LA awarded 7 people from all different backgrounds awards for their contributions to “legacy and leadership”.  The winners were Luisa Acosta-Franco – Head of Specialized Distribution for Farmers Insurance Group, Lubov Azria – Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, Frieda Caplan the Founder & Chairman of the Board, Frieda’s Inc., Cookie Johnson the Founder & Co-Owner of CJ by Cookie Johnson, Byron Reed the Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo, Julie Schoenfeld the CEO of Perfect Market, Inc., and Patricia Watts the President/CEO of FCI Management Consultants.

It was a fantastic event!

The panel (left – right) moderator was Rita Dailey, SVP of Union Bank, Jason Nazar, co-founder of, Stephen Jagger and Marylou Garcia, Managing Director of Expense Reduction Analysis.

Kalika Yap, NAWBO LA Chair and Stephen Jagger

Magic Johnson introduced his wife Cookie Johnson

Salesforce Cloud Conference

I dropped into the Salesforce Cloud Conference the other day in San Francisco at the Moscone Center to check out what Salesforce was up to and to meet up with fellow Canadian Daniel Debow.  Daniel sold two companies, Workbrain and most recently Rypple to  It was great to sit (in huge beanbag chairs) at the event and chat with Daniel about his experiences in the technology world.  He has amazing experience and expertise.

Can We Be Lean In All Stages?

Payroll Hero sponsored the “Can We Be Lean In All Stages?” meetup in downtown Vancouver the other night by providing a few copies of The Lean Startup for their raffel.  If you have been reading this blog you know we purchased a few copies of Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup.  So, if you have an event in British Columbia that would benefit from having a few copies of the Lean Startup to give away then let us know more.  Take a moment to write a note on our Facebook page as to why your event would be a great fit.

Verne Harnish in Beijing With Payroll Hero Team

Some of the Payroll Hero team flew into Beijing China to attend Verne Harnish’s Gazelles conference with the EO Beijing Chapter.  Verne’s company Gazelles is focused on growing companies and leaders around the world.  Verne is also the founder of EO.  EO is a worldwide organizing that fosters entrepreneurs and helps them grow their businesses.  I’m a member of the EO San Francisco Chapter and my business partner Mike Stephenson is a moment of the EO Manila Chapter.

(L – R: Ron, Tin, Mike, Verne Harnish, Adam and Bryan)