Her resume reads like she took one giant leap from university into entrepreneurial success. She argues the reality was much different (despite leading the HR software company to grow 300 percent in 12 years).
Cariss started a software development company with her husband and CIO, Simon Cariss, in 1997. The small business consulted to clients from small to big corporates. However, like all consultancies, the ability to scale was constrained.
“We really had a strong desire to build a product rather than a consulting service,” says Cariss who recognised that in order to reach the success she dreamed of, the business needed to create a product they could build once and then sell lots of times.