Pamela O’Hara

CEO & Co-Founder

pohara@batchblue.com
@pamohara

Pam is CEO of Batchbook, which she co-founded in 2006. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

As a businesswoman and a mother, Pam is committed to running a company that can adapt to the unique needs of both its employees and its customers to foster better organization, increased productivity, and a more balanced life. She balances the fast pace of running a technology start-up with other roles including:

  • Chair of The Small Business Web, the international trade association of cloud software for small business. Since Batchbook co-founded the group in 2009 it has grown to more than 250 web-based applications and has been described by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as “a fundamentally different way of doing business.”
  • Mentor for Betaspring, a start-up accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs
  • Head of the “Geeks for Good” food pantry drives that reach out to Providence Geeks members

A seasoned conference speaker, Pam regularly shares her experiences as an entrepreneur and expert on data management tools and methodologies in a voice mixed with Yankee practicality and Southern charm. Past events include:

Often quoted in the media, Pam is grateful to have received several honors, including:

Previously, Pam co-founded and managed operations at Matrix Group International, a web development firm in the Washington, D.C., area that develops web-based technologies for large and small trade associations. A former consultant to small businesses, her web career started in 1994, when she designed websites and managed online communications for U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn and the Food Marketing Institute.

Pam holds dual degrees in English and History from the University of Richmond. She resides in coastal Rhode Island with her husband, two daughters, and one son.

See Pamela’s posts on the BatchBlog.

A Little More About Pamela

What’s your favorite tech gadget?

My Nexus 7; it’s the perfect size to go with me everywhere in my busy life.

What are some of your favorite small businesses?

Dorothy Lane Market has the best brownies in the world AND was one of the first independent grocers in the country to do e-commerce. My favorite mompreneur making very cool stuff is A La Mode at alamodestuff.com. My favorite small business world championship baseball team is the Boston Red Sox. OK, so maybe they aren’t a small biz, but I had to get them on this list somewhere.

What tab or feature would you be on Batchbook and why?

I’d be the “Recent Activity” window. I just love watching folks using Batchbook.

The website you’re most likely to be on when you’re not on Batchbook:

There are other sites on the web?

Most surprising fact about yourself:

I don’t like sweet tea. It’s a southern thing. I have to eat twice as many grits to convince folks I really am a belle.

If not a computer geek, I would have been a:

Political cartoonist. Make a living drawing pictures that mock political figures. Hmmm, maybe it’s not too late…