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Lief Larson is the president of Workface Inc., a Minneapolis-based enterprise software company. Larson is a software engineer who has over fifteen years experience in human-machine dynamics, including six years in self-service kiosk systems and nine is web-based applications. He has been working in web-based marketing sciences since 2001, specializing in the area of social computing. Larson's company is on the cutting-edge of internet marketing, most recently featured in Dow Jones MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, Finance & Commerce and CNN.com. He can be found on the internet at http://lieflarson.businesscard2.com.
He was first introduced to self-service transactional kiosks by a large client when he was in his teens. Although he was working on many different types of technology projects, He also would take any kiosk-related project he could get. Larson had just wrapped up a programming project for a client and decided to reach out to Craig Keefner, who had a small but growing website located at Kiosks.org. Three months later, in Fall 1999 they launched the inaugural issue of KIOSK magazine. The magazine of course was not about making money, but about learning more about the technology and helping to share that knowledge with others.
In 2001/2002 he acquired the URL www.kiosk.com. He used it as the online version of KIOSK magazine.
In 2003, Larson started The Kiosk Show to have a small and intimate format event where kiosk solution providers and customers could come together. At the 2004 KioskCom he was inducted into the Kiosk Hall of Fame. This was a very difficult milestone for him. He was …”27 years old and if I hit my pinnacle, where in the hell was I supposed to go from there???” So, when I got back to Minneapolis I talked with my wife. Within a week I was on the phone with NetWorld Alliance, KioskCom, and a couple of other companies. I basically decided I was going to sell off everything. If what I started was going to grow and get better, it needed to go to the right party. Later in 2004 he sold everything to NetWorld Alliance, a company with the same principles, passion, and protective attitude that he had about the industry.
“During my years in the kiosk industry I met numerous people who were willing to help me, believe in me, and give me a chance. There are too many names to name, but they know who they are. Even to this day I can not walk by a kiosk without stopping and playing with it. I still concern myself with issues of hardware usability, GUI design, and the wow factor. Kiosks were, are, and always will be deeply rooted in my heart, but not nearly as much as all the great people I met and the friendships I formed. “