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Happy 11th Birthday, CoachAccountable!

Alright, so CoachAccountable is now entering the tween years, so it might start to get a little awkward celebrating its birthday as it grows up and starts wanting to get more out of the house.

But like any bordering-on-obnoxiously proud parent, I’m gonna enjoy doing so while I still can.

Got a new ribbon this year to go with the Version 5 redesign. #6c9c31 is out, #68a921 is in!

Certainly the primary stride forward of CoachAccountable this past year is Version 5, a full-on aesthetic overhaul and major remix to make things both more beautiful and intuitive.  Judging by the overwhelmingly positive response, I’d say it worked.

I took my sweet time to build, polish, and perfect Version 5 before even mentioning it to anyone (with very few exceptions, one’s first awareness that I was even working on Version 5 came the very day it was launched and fully ready to go).  So while it may have looked from the outside like I was coasting or asleep at the wheel during that year long process, if that was all that got done in CA land this past year I’d call it a rousing success.

But Version 5 WASN’T the only thing to ship!  All told, the release notes reveal 111 entries from the last 365 days, detailing new features, enhancements and UI tweaks.  And that number swells to 168 entries if you include bug fixes1.

Speaking of which, one of those releases was Release Notes themselves: a detailed, publicly visible account of CA’s continued progression that can be seen in-app from the top right user menu under About >> Release Notes.  You can even subscribe to email updates, if you’d like to follow along.

This past year saw a growing both interest in and availability of what I affectionately call CoachAccountable experts, folks independently available for hire to help you go as far down the “do it for me” route as you like when it comes to setting up and even managing things in your CA account.  It has been nice on sales calls, especially with larger organizations having more complex needs, to be able to point to the existence of these CA experts to give comfort and a clear path to getting going fast.  You can find those experts here.

I only did one webinar this past year, but it might be my favorite.  “Sessions Where Things Get Created” is the distillation of LOTS of experience around the difference having a platform makes, namely making coaching more impactful.  If you’re already using CoachAccountable but haven’t seen this one yet, 30 minutes spent watching it might have you get a LOT more bang for your buck.

Drawing of the difference between sessions where things get created or not

Oh man: the difference between sessions where things get created versus not? Formidable.

Now that Version 5 is out and done and I’ve had a good rest, I’m excited to circle back to projects that AREN’T months-long affairs.  Last week I launched an enhancement to Appointments, and I’ve got another spiffy new feature that’s nearly done (one that I’d hoped to get out before CA’s 11th, but it’ll have to wait a few days more!).  All of which is to say it’s nice to be back on a more regular clip.

And there you have it!  A shiny new version, a burgeoning community of experts, and a whole lot of polish towards my aim of making some coaches’ definition of the Perfect.  Coaching.  Platform.

Eleven years in, it remains an honor and delight to help you coaches do the difference-making work that you do.  Here’s to the year and road ahead!

  1. 57 bug fixes might seem like a lot, but man, they are generally pretty darn low impact!  But don’t take my word for it: read through ’em yourself and imagine how many you might have encountered over the last year. :)


  1. Carla Reeves

    Happy Birthday! . I appreciate all you do and all the ways this platform continues to grow to meet and exceed expectations!

    August 30, 2023 @ 3:02 pm

  2. Corinna

    Happy Birthday!
    And congratulations, John, for 11 years of growing a robust platform.
    Here’s to many more prosperous and bug-contained years!

    August 30, 2023 @ 3:17 pm

  3. Gerilyn Alfe

    Happy 11th Birthday, CA! My team, my clients, and I appreciate you every day. And I’ve told John this multiple times, but your customer service team ROCKS! One of the best teams I’ve ever encountered, hands down!

    It’s rare to find any company, especially a tech company, that excels in delivering the “people” skills too. Your company checks all the boxes. Thank you for all you do for all of us, each and every day!

    August 30, 2023 @ 3:18 pm

  4. Peter Button

    Happy Birthday CoachAccountable and congratulations to proud Dad!!

    Thanks for the rock solid reliability and sustained development John!!

    August 30, 2023 @ 3:18 pm

  5. Martha Tween

    I am thankful to be able to use the platform. It makes my coaching better and my job more seamless. I am happy you continue to work on improving the platform, and cannot wait for my organization to start using version 5.

    Thank you for always working on being better and for listening for suggestions.

    August 30, 2023 @ 3:19 pm

  6. Stan Ward

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday, John and CoachAccountable!

    I really do love your product. Since I work from home, I feel like logging into CA is the equivalent of “arriving at my office.” I’m able to sit down with a cup of coffee, review my appointment schedule for the day, and get to work.

    And with version 5, my “office” had a very nice “remodel.” So, thank you for the upgrade!

    August 30, 2023 @ 4:26 pm

  7. Rudy Upshaw

    Congrats, John and Happy Birthday CA! We are new to the platform and are learning new things everyday! Excited to see how the platform can help us grow and serve our clients powerfully!

    August 30, 2023 @ 6:54 pm

  8. Lorette Farris

    Happy birthday to CoachAccountable, and congratulations to its proud creator!

    We appreciate your visionary initiative in developing a platform that consultants and coaches can depend on to fulfill their professional tasks. Your evident enthusiasm for providing value to your subscribers shines through, and it’s a good look!

    August 30, 2023 @ 10:38 pm

  9. Jasmin

    Hi John,

    Happy 11th Birthday to CoachAccountable!

    It’s been an incredible experience using your platform for my coaching endeavors. The dedication and effort you have put into it over the years is truly commendable. I’ve checked out the retrospective on the blog, and it’s wonderful to see how far CA has come with Version 5.

    Thanks for being a key part of my coaching journey. Here’s to many more years of continued success and collaboration!

    Warm regards,

    August 31, 2023 @ 1:15 am

  10. Alvin Brown

    Rest assured, your baby is growing up and making an impact!! Here’s to many more years of impact and growth.

    August 31, 2023 @ 6:01 am

  11. Morgan Meredith

    Congrats, John! It’s been a ride over these last 11 years. Always honored to have you refer folks to me – thank you for including that, and so happy the list of those eager to serve CoachAccountable coaches is growing!

    August 31, 2023 @ 10:00 am

  12. Trina Newby

    Happy Birthday John and CA! Congratulations on an incredible platform that I consider to be the best on the market. You rock!

    August 31, 2023 @ 12:09 pm

  13. Barb Williams

    Happy Birthday John and Team!!

    CA has everything I need, and some I look forward to using in the future. Love sharing CA to those seeking a system of ease of use, looks, functionality and most importantly a team that cares and responds! Happy to be a member of the CA community.

    August 31, 2023 @ 1:41 pm

  14. Cindy Gross @ Befriending Dragons

    Happy Birthday to Coach Accountable! I’m turning 55 myself next week, so this is timely. :-) My newest client can’t stop raving about the ability to reply to texts with her daily metrics – she loves how easy it is and how it keeps her focused on what she’s measuring. Since my clients are all women in tech I think this site just hits a sweet spot with them.

    August 31, 2023 @ 7:41 pm

  15. Shorombo Mooij

    Happy birthday! Onwards to many more :)

    September 1, 2023 @ 1:58 am

  16. Charlie Moon

    Thank you for the work you do….and the view you bring. You make our world a better place to be. Keep going…. please.

    Charlie Moon

    September 1, 2023 @ 2:50 pm

  17. YG

    Happy birthday, John! :) Thank you for your dedication, perseverance, and consistently high standards in continuing to maintain, develop, and improve this amazing platform. I came for the fact that your platform was one of the only ones with features that could be adapted to be accessible for the blind and Deafblind people who are part of my practice. I stay enthusiastically for the ethos and skill you apply to all your work. May you go from strength to strength.

    September 2, 2023 @ 5:06 am

  18. Max

    Great job!

    September 6, 2023 @ 7:12 am

  19. Ravneet Panesar

    Happy Birthday and thank you for supporting coaches to achieve success

    September 7, 2023 @ 1:33 am

  20. Coach B. Gilbert

    Happy birthday! I appreciate all you do to help people succeed!

    September 7, 2023 @ 1:28 pm

  21. Marney

    Happy Birthday to CoachAccountable and deepest thanks for the ingenuity and integrity you bring to all you create. Cheers! ~Marney

    September 10, 2023 @ 12:55 pm

  22. Roxanne

    Happy Belated Birthday! I love how this platform keeps growing, changing and you have a clear vision of what the possibilities are! I feel honored to be one of the people you refer people too, and honestly, I have never met such incredible people. Thank you for your availability to all of us.

    September 15, 2023 @ 3:04 pm

  23. Bonnie

    Happy Birthday John and Coach Accountable! Thank you for all you continue to do to make this a good experience for us and our clients as we endeavor to make a difference doing what we do!

    September 25, 2023 @ 10:46 am