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Off the Cuff: Get to Know.... John Buni

Co-founder, CleanCloud

CHICAGO — In this latest installment of Off the Cuff, where readers can meet and learn more about someone from the fabricare industry, let’s get to know John Buni, Co-founder, CleanCloud.

Tell us where you were born, grew up, and reside today?

“I was born and raised in Brighton, on the south coast of England. My co-founder David and I grew up together there, and it was a great place for us to be kids. Not only are you on the beach, but Brighton has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most tolerant and progressive places in the country. Then I moved to London, where I have been for almost my entire adult life.”

Hobbies (that you’ll admit to)?

“Whenever I get a chance I like to read the latest business books. I prefer a crazy story to a bland leadership manual. Lately I’ve been reading Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World. I’m a big sports fan too. I’m a lifelong Tottenham fan and there has never been a more exciting time to say that! I try to get to a game once a month.”

What gets you excited at work?

“Coming up with new features for our system, rolling them out, and seeing how it impacts our customers. Getting positive feedback from our 5,000 users, which changes their stores and how they do business, is a thrill that I will never get tired of.”

Lastly, tell us a secret (keep it clean) nobody knows about you?

“Until CleanCloud I never thought I would be able to stay focused on one business for more than a couple of years at a time. I was too impatient to get going on the next idea! But with this business going from strength to strength, for the first time in my life, I don’t feel like I’m standing still.”

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