The year was 1999. When you weren’t thinking about the imminent doom of Y2K, you were likely gelling your hair, listening to “Mambo No 5” and still reeling over how Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time. It was an era full of opportunity, and the value of technology in the workplace was just starting to become globally recognized. It was also a time when a group of people sat around a table and decided to start a company that could help schools.
In that moment, The Dude was born.
Though hot off the heels of The Big Lebowski, The Dude didn’t begin as an ode to Jeff Bridges. Rather, it began as a way to help people, to turn their not-going-so-well work or even their pretty-good work into great work that would improve their lives and the lives of those they served.
We’ve been head down since then, working to become what we always knew we could be. We now have 12,000 clients, nearly 700 employees, and software we’re really proud of serving a variety of private and public industries. And now that 2019 is upon us, it’s got us thinking about how far we’ve come and where we’re headed next.
Which is why we’re so excited to introduce... Year of The Dude.
That’s right; it’s been 20 years, and it’s time to celebrate. We’ve hit a lot of milestones and helped a lot of people in these last 20 years, and that deserves to be recognized. The accomplishments aren’t all internal, though — a big part of what has made The Dude work is the heart and dedication of our clients to go on this journey with us, and we’ve had a front-row seat to how they’ve worked to shape and bring home wins for the organizations they’ve served.
In what we’re crowning Year of The Dude, you can expect a lot of fun, nostalgia and insight into where our company has been and where it’s going. We’ll be taking a look back at how it all got started and what happened along the way, as well as looking forward to what the next 20 may bring, both for us and the industry as a whole. There will be flashback photos, did-you-know data, powerful client stories and more — all culminating in The Dude’s official birthday at the end of the year. It’s an exciting time for not only the Dude family, but the entire tech industry. Advancements in software are enabling providers to help people like never before, and this is definitely a time to celebrate the innovation marching us toward the future.
Keep up with the fun by following the #yearofthedude hashtag. We can’t wait to celebrate 20 years of hard work and great friendships with employees and clients near and far.