Chris Junker is CEO of Chicago-based SpringCM, which does cloud content management for businesses. While he manages an expanding technology company, he finds that other things are better with age, like fine wines.
He has a collection of about 800 bottles in a wine cellar at his Long Grove home.
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"Once people know you collect wine, that's the only gift you will ever get again," Junker said.
His appreciation of fermented grapes started while working for some California-based companies. Whenever those executives got together for business meetings, they often talked about wines. So Junker felt he should learn about the wine industry as well.
"I had to understand what they were talking about," he said.
In 2000, he started collecting wines, mostly reds and, on occasion, he enjoys a sip of California red zinfandels. He's also traveled extensively, including France and Spain, and South America, all areas known for producing good wines.
And just as wine gets better with age, so did SpringCM, Junker believes.
After 7 years, the venture-backed company is quietly adding more clients and expanding its workforce.
While he declined to say what the company's revenues are, Junker said he plans to add about 20 more workers by next year, bringing the workforce up to 100.
"We deliver those services to companies without them being required to do any upfront infrastructure costs," he said.
More workforces are using smartphones and tablets to do their everyday tasks, and much of that content can be stored on the cloud, he said.
"It's changed the way people work," he said. "We have evolved into a mobile workforce."
Many companies now are embracing the mobile workforce and adapting their services and products, he said.
"The days of people sitting down at their desktop computer are over," he said.
Yet at the other end of the spectrum, and time on their side, fermentation continues at its own pace in his wine cellar, aging those fine wines. At least one product not fully impacted by the cloud.
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