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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.

2 responses to “Naomi Bloom, one of the Top 10 Most Powerful HR Technology Experts”

  1. Neil Raden


    My favorite HR story:

    I had to switch from property and casualty actuary when we moved from NYC to St Louis (too any kids for NYC). I ended up in a pension and health benefits consultancy doing contribution, loss reserving and reinsurance for a few large self-insured companies we serviced. This was around 1982. I was bored to tears. There was an old Data General Nova 8-bit mini in the office that was never used. I asked my boss if it had a Fortran compiler (it did) and if was being used (it wasn’t). Since they had just come out, I asked if he would mind if I developed a 401(k) participant record-keeping system we could syndicate.

    So I did. My first customer was what was then McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing). As was the custom at the time, I took the Benefits Manager out to lunch, he had at least three drinks (also the custom in St Louis in the summer) and we went back to the office.

    I gave him my pitch, but he slept through half of it. When I stopped talking, he stirred awake and said, “That looks good , Neil, what do we do now?”

    “I need a census of all of your employees, broken down by sex,” I told him.

    He replied, “I don’t know if we have any of those, but we have quite a few broken down by alcohol.”


  2. Neil Raden