About Us

Bob FarquharLife can take twists and turns you don’t expect.

I was a reporter and editor for The Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Times for 22 years and had no reason to believe I’d ever leave.

But I became an editor who got hooked on technology, and that brought me to the East Coast where I spent another 20 years working in the computer industry and – you guessed it – doing business planning and business coaching.

But let’s start at the beginning.

As the editor in charge of the editorial content of for the morning and evening dailies (combined circulation of 300,000), I had reached my goal, set while in college. And I loved it. Each day was more exciting than the previous day.

But then we decided to automate our front office – editorial, advertising, circulation – and I got hooked on technology. I led the automation of our newsroom and was influential in automating the rest of the enterprise.

Almost from the first, Digital Equipment Corp., which was headquartered in Maynard, MA, at an old mill, played a huge role in that success.

I would become president of the Newspaper Computer Users Group (NCUG), an organization of 400 publishers worldwide who used DEC equipment.

Our Oklahoma City newspapers would field-test virtually everything DEC built.

In 1980, we built the first online full-text retrieval library system designed for use by newspapers in-house. A year later, we were selling those million-dollar systems to other newspapers and re-selling their information to lawyers, doctors and other business people.

DEC took notice and asked me to move to New England to run its media industry marketing group. For 14 years at DEC and another five at IBM, my job was to port software valued by the media industry to our hardware platforms.

I then would sit down with the owners of the software and we’d create a business plan that would spell out how we were going to make money together.

The seed was planted.

Today, YourPlanYourFuture, LLC is about helping small businesses succeed in business through business planning and business coaching.

Whether you’re just starting a business or you’ve been in business for a while and would like to reach that next level, we can help.

For almost 20 years, I did business planning and coaching with some of the best known names in the computer industry. Microsoft, Adobe, Unisys and Quark, to name a few.

I bring big-company planning knowledge to the table and use that knowledge to help small companies like yours succeed.

Are you ready? Let’s get started…

 

YourPlanYourFuture, LLC

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Bob Farquhar / President

bob@yourplanyourfuture.com
www.yourplanyourfuture.com