Adriaan van Wyk is the CEO of K2, a software vendor that creates and helps run business applications, including forms, workflow/business process management (BPM), data, and reports. van Wyk and his co-founders have grown K2 from a small South African start-up into a global company whose software is used by millions of people and more than a dozen Fortune 100 companies. TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic talks with van Wyk one-on-one about his leadership style and philosophy and who has inspired him along his path to success.
with his two best college friends, the first version of the software did not sell to a single person, while the second made one sale only. But, van Wyk believed in his idea, so he didn’t give up. With the third version, he realized that he needed to build a larger strategic vision for his customers that offered them more than a software package, i.e., an entire partner ecosystem as well. Success grew quickly with Intel and Merrill Lynch as early customers in Asia and the U.S., and once van Wyk was