I’ve always been big on commemorating important events. Birthdays, anniversaries, I’m a fan of them all. Whenever it’s an employee’s birthday at Wave, we celebrate. These milestones are important to me, and worth drawing a little attention to. So it seems only fitting that I take a moment to recognize today’s important milestone, Wave’s first anniversary.
It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come, from the excitement when we hit our first 1,000 signups, to now, when we’re getting thousands of signups every week. In only one year, we’ve had 100,000 small businesses sign up with Wave, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down.
I have to say, James and I are honored that you've chosen to bring us into your businesses. We understand the level of trust involved in letting anyone (or anything) into your small business. Your business is a very real part of who you are, and each and every tool you use reflects that. It’s no small feat to be embraced as someone’s business tool of choice, and I assure you, it’s an honor we certainly don’t take lightly.
Wave has come so far, and James and I can’t, nor would we want to, take all of the credit. We made a point when Wave first launched to surround ourselves with incredible people. The Wave team works hard, but to leave it at that would be a gross understatement. Every time we walk into the office, we're surrounded by passion, energy, enthusiasm, and innovation. We're a growing group of talented people (up to 24 from our original 10), and the team never fails to impress us, always finding new ways to think outside the box, outdo themselves, and raise the bar every single day.
With this remarkable group of people, and all of the amazing customers who have already embraced Wave, I know that this is just the beginning. We have all sorts of incredible features and improvements coming up, and Wave is just going to keep improving. You’ve chosen to make Wave a little part of how you run your business, and we promise we'll work hard to make this one of the best decisions you've made.
So, to our loyal customers, the amazing Wave team, and my rock-solid co-founder James, thank you for a great first year. And now, it’s time to celebrate with a little cake!