Fishbowl is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! Let’s look back in time to show just how remarkable Fishbowl’s rise to prominence as the #1 manufacturing and warehouse management solution for QuickBooks has been.
Fifteen years ago, this month, Fishbowl got its start when a small group of software developers created a new inventory management solution for a manufacturer. The manufacturing company’s owner invested in a new company to further develop the inventory management solution, which came to be called Fishbowl.
By 2004, the company had gone through several CEOs and was about to be closed down. The owner asked David K. Williams to shut the company down, but once he arrived on the scene he came up with a new plan. He asked the owner for a little more time to allow him to get the company on its feet because he believed in the developers and the product they were creating.
Williams took the reins as CEO and by the end of that year the company finally turned a profit and became self-sufficient. He and his associates realized there was a huge market for inventory software among QuickBooks users. Thus, Fishbowl became one of the first companies to receive Intuit’s Gold Developer Status, which is the highest honor it gives to third-party software developers. This partnership is the key factor that propelled Fishbowl to long-term success, helping it become the top choice of inventory software for QuickBooks users.
Since then, Fishbowl has introduced a growing number of products and services, including:
- Fishbowl Manufacturing
- Fishbowl Warehouse
- Fishbowl Canada
- Fishbowl Go
- Fishbowl Anywhere
- Fishbowl Commerce
- Fishbowl Time & Labor
- Fishbowl SalesPoint
- Fishbowl Hosted Services
Fishbowl has also gone on to win dozens of awards for its incredible lineup of products and services, as well as the way it conducts its business, its employee benefits, annual revenue growth, and more. Here’s a sample of the awards Fishbowl has won over the years:
- B2B CFO Smart Awards (2012)
- Best of State Awards (2012, 2013, 2015)
- Deloitte Technology Fast 500 (2008-2011, 2013, 2014)
- Inc. 500|5000 (2008-2014)
- MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100 (2007-2014)
- The Principal Financial Group’s 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security (2015)
- Red Herring North America and Red Herring Global (2012)
- Utah Business Fast 50 (2008-2010, 2014)
The future looks bright for Fishbowl. Here’s to the next 15 years, and Fishbowl’s commitment to making them great for its customers!
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.