Brothers Chris and Andrew Clark moved to Colorado Springs from Australia more than two years ago and knew one person in the state. Since then, the founders of fusesport, a software solution developer for sports events and federations, have grown the company to become one of Colorado Springs’ most promising startups. According to Chris, the company has seen eight-fold, top-line revenue growth during the past two years, and fusesport is expected to hire additional employees very soon. Chris Clark discussed with the Business Journal some of the company’s strengths and challenges, as well as what is presently happening with one of the city’s fastest-growing companies.
Why did you start the company? Why this field?
I have a passion for sports and the impact the industry can provide to communities all over the world. It’s an exciting industry, and we see our role as not just providing technology, but helping to amplify and grow the benefit of sports participation.
What makes your business stand out from others in your industry?
We focus on growth. Everything we do in our sports software platform is geared to increasing participation. We help create a better experience, a more efficient experience and our tools help spread the word.
Do you have advice for other business owners?
Seek out advice, but trust your instincts.
What do you think about the Springs’ business environment? If you could change something, what would it be?
Colorado Springs is a great brand nationally and internationally. The community has every reason to be proud. I’d like to see a unified vision that plays to amplifying the strengths with focus on identifying and supporting the individuals who stand up to make a difference.
What are some of the challenges you face? How did you overcome them?
Access to talent [has been a challenge], which is mainly a function of population size. We’ve been active in the startup community to help build a base of entrepreneurially minded individuals that will in turn help to grow our business. Not just those willing to start a company, but those driven to think big.
Is there one thing about your business you want people to know?
We would like to announce that our chief operating officer, Ian Fitzpatrick, is heading back to his hometown of Perth in Australia for personal reasons and will be leaving fusesport. We, and the many friends he has made here, wish him well and thank him for the two years spent in the Springs, helping us to establish a base for further international expansion. The departure provides us the opportunity to structure new roles within fusesport, with our commitment as strong as ever to be a long-term, active contributor to the Pikes Peak region.
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