PaperCut co-founder wins sailing World Championship

Dinghies with sails glide across the open seas off the coast of Western Australia. The surface of the water hides the white-pointer sharks that silently menace below. This sounds like a dangerous pastime reserved only for daredevils with a death wish. (We can’t help but think of the Jaws movie, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”).

But what has all that got to do with PaperCut?

Tasar Start Line

If you’re following us on Twitter, you’ll already know that our CEO Chris Dance is an avid sailor. His twitter handle is @sailespresso and when he’s not dreaming up the next big idea in print management software, Chris spends his time on his other two passions; sailing and good coffee.

The world championships

Chris headed to the remote town of Busselton, a small town on the south west coast of Australia.  (For those not familiar with Australian geography, it’s like flying from LAX to NYC then another two hours in the car.)  He settled into competition mode with his crew mate Peter Hackett. They readied their boat Doppio for the 10 individual races that make up the Tasar World Championships from January 2-9, 2015.

What’s a Tasar?

Not to be confused with a ‘taser’ electroshock weapon, this Tasar is a little bigger! It’s an international, one-design ‘sailing dinghy’ where all boats are identical.  The 14-foot (4.3 m) fiberglass boat races with 2 people and has a larger mainsail and jib (a triangular staysail that sets ahead of the foremast).

Where did the name Doppio come from?

In true PaperCut style, Chris can’t do anything without a coffee. So what is a Doppio? You guessed it… it’s a coffee!

The race

Peter and Chris set out on the seven day series, against 120 boats from all over the world. Each race is a 40 minute sprint, with the goal to stay in the top 20 as each day progressed.

  • Race 1: 3rd place.  Fantastic way to start
  • Race 2: 5th place.   Going the wrong direction guys… but still doing a great job
  • Race 3: FIRST!!! Woo Hoo!!
  • Race 4: Pulled out FIRST AGAIN!! We’re on a roll.
  • Race 6: 6th place.  Tough going today but still respectable.
  • Race 7: 3rd place. Still going strong… Doppio is in the lead overall, but it’s a really tight race
  • Race 8: Cancelled…. There’s that pesky white pointer shark in the way. Seriously!!
  • Race 9: 11th place. Giving the others a chance to catch up.

With 9 out of 10 races completed the Doppio team were neck-and-neck with another favorite, Coollit, from Sydney.

It all came down to a nail biting finish in the last race.

Chris and Peter (friends since childhood) were determined to do what they needed to do on that final day. They relied on the skills that had become second nature after the rigorous training in the Melbourne bay. Peter, a prominent leadership consultant, was calm and methodical as the pair rallied in that last race.

They came 8th.

But where was their rival Coollit? After all of the points were counted and double-counted, Doppio rose to take out the prize by the thinnest of margins.


Hailing from four generations of sailors, Chris has competed at national and international levels in various dinghy classes, meeting people from all over the globe. In fact, Chris met Geoff (PaperCut’s Head of Development), and Cam (PaperCut’s Canadian Authorized Solution Center Partner, ITC Systems) on the water.

What’s next for the champions?

Pending approval from the homefront, Chris and Peter will certainly be expected to defend their title in Gamagori, Japan in 2017.

If you’d like to see more, check out some video highlights from the event:

…and here’s an interview with Chris and Pete after getting first place in heat 3:

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New Year, New PaperCut

OK… you caught us. We were so excited about our new brand that we “accidentally” leaked it on our Christmas greetings. (And on Twitter.) We are terrible at keeping secrets, obviously…

So to avoid any further indiscretions, we proudly announce PaperCut’s new look for 2015!

A new look for PaperCut

It’s friendly, multifaceted and green – just like us! What do you think? (Send us your thoughts on Twitter @papercutdev)

PaperCut Cookie

What’s next?

In the new year you’ll start seeing the PaperCut conversation bubble popping up all over the place. The website, social media, events, and of course with our trusted ASC partners around the globe. You may even see some tweaks to PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF as we continuously improve our User Experience. What won’t change is our dedication to creating great software.

Thanks to everyone for helping make PaperCut the company that it is. Our new brand simply reflects the trust that you put in us every day.

Happy Holidays!!!

Behind the Scenes of the New PaperCut Brand

… A little more info if you’re interested in the process of how the new look came to be.
For newcomers to PaperCut, there are a four key things that Chris and Matt value that are incorporated into the design.

  • PaperCut is nimble - we release features fast and we release often. It’s important to get new things out to you, our customers, as quickly and easily as possible.
  • We are techno-geeks who love to use software to solve problems
    (The new PaperCut “P” is an A4 piece of paper, divided geometrically, with all sorts of techie rules.)
  • It sounds kitsch, but we really do care about every one of our customers, about our environment, and about the relationships that we’ve built during the last 16 years.
  • If you’ve been in our Knowledge Base, you’ll know that we’re as open and honest as we can be about pretty much everything. We don’t pretend to be something we’re not, and we’ll tell you how it is.

For those who know us well, we hope that our updated brand represents the company that we are a little more closely.

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PaperCut – 2014 EY AU Technology Entrepreneurs of the Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. The program spans 60 countries and previous winners include over half of today’s top 100 NASDAQ companies.

As we come to a close for 2014, PaperCut’s founders, Chris Dance and Matt Doran reflect on their awards a part of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year worldwide program.

Chris Dance and Matt Doran from PaperCut win the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Technology Category

Unintentional entrepreneurs

Chris Dance, Co-founder and Director of Systems Architecture

I very much see ourselves as accidental entrepreneurs.  We started out as two tech guys that loved technology and had a passion for solving a simple problem  - wasted paper.  The initial ‘little bit of software’ is now so much today.  This award has given us a little push to actually sit back and reflect on what we’ve managed to accomplish over the past 16 years.

Suits and bow ties in the office

Matt Doran, Co-founder and Director of Software Development

Participating in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program was an opportunity to reflect on our successes and how we’ve grown and matured as a business over the last 16 years.

Convincing 10+ judges (all business leaders and entrepreneurs in their own right) that PaperCut deserved to win was way out of my comfort zone. But to my surprise, I found the process exciting, energizing and confidence building. Definitely a personal growth experience for me.

To actually win the National Technology category was icing on the cake! Being recognized for our achievements from peers and business leaders is validation of what we’ve been working towards all these years.

Another comfort zone breached – I slipped out of my usual jeans / hoodie by splashing out with a black tie suit to celebrate with some of the team in Melbourne for the Southern Region Awards in July and again for the National Awards in November. The awards nights were a celebration of our teams’ success and the finale to a very rewarding experience.


I’ve really enjoyed including all of the PaperCut team in the process. This award belongs to the entire team …. it’s not about Chris and I as individuals.

Smart Company | Business Insider | Business Review Australia | Sydney Morning Herald

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