Starting & Running a Business Is Very Demanding

"Small business owners have to do so much! It’s tougher today than ever before." — Mike Kappel, Patriot Software's Founder

American Businesses Make It Happen!

(a 1-minute read)

You’ve come to our About page to learn more about us. But it’s not about us. It’s about you. You’re building your business to make your corner of the world a better place. And with our products and services, we will help you do exactly that. But, if you insist on knowing more about us, read on...

Startup We started in the basement of a factory (original 1986 video, 3 minutes) with no heat, no air-conditioning, and floors that would flood. Instead of customers, our only visitors consisted of rats, birds, flies, and snakes! Blankets became our office walls. We ran out of money, maxed out our credit cards, and we borrowed from relatives. It was 4 years before our employees saw anything that resembled a real paycheck. It was a very rough startup, but we had the grit to survive.

Patriot's CEO and Founder, Mike Kappel, from a 1986 video.

Growth Our fledgling startup eventually grew and spawned four additional companies — making five companies in total. Our first four startups were all successful, with two of them actually growing into medium-sized businesses.

Cash Our fifth startup [Patriot Software] was substantially more difficult and costly than the prior four startups combined. Bootstrapping and self-funding millions of dollars wasn’t enough. We needed to raise tens-of-millions of dollars. To do so, we nearly IPO’d on Nasdaq. We sold/spun-off our other companies. We dealt with vicious bankers. We conducted private capital raises. Yet, we retained our majority ownership, which has put Patriot in a very strong position as a large company.

Success Our decades-long journey was filled with successes, tribulations, and even some failures. But by the grace of God, we have fulfilled our dream and now provide the nation’s most simple and affordable accounting and payroll platform for millions of American businesses and their Accountants.

You're the reason! Regardless whether you’re in a small, medium, or large business, we know all too well the struggles you endure. We know how hard you work every single day, and we admire your grit and determination. But we also know that with a little accounting and payroll help from us, you are the true American entrepreneurs that will change the world! — Team Patriot

Our Mission It's plain and simple.

Our mission is to make accounting and payroll fast, simple, and affordable for millions of American businesses and their accountants.

Patriot's Edge ... EngineeringIt took 2 decades to create, but create ... we did.

We take our engineering seriously, because we know it gives us (and you!) a distinct and competitive advantage.

Our engineering quality leads to multiple daily updates that are tested, bug-free, and secure. We catch the problems before you do. Our software design and development process is built on a quality repeatable and sustainable process, without us needing to scale our headcount.

This Is Why...

We're able to keep our costs lower than our competitors, and have a happiness page on our website.

Why Are We Named Patriot?

We started in the basement of a factory decades ago. God graced us while we fought through the struggles of being a small, then a medium, and finally a large business. Our tests and trials were many. But we know that every American business (at every level) faces similar overwhelming complexities like we did.

So we looked deep within ourselves - and set the enormous goal to make accounting and payroll simple. Then we renamed the Company to Patriot to reflect that we will help millions of American businesses avoid the accounting and payroll pitfalls we encountered along our growth journey. We did this because we know that when businesses succeed, families are blessed, communities thrive, and our country gets stronger. — Team Patriot

Patriot's CEO and Founder, Mike Kappel, on the phone; also pictured are Patriot team members accepting the Best Overall Technology Success Story award for Patriot Software

Trust We're serious about earning your trust and confidence.

The safety and security of your data is our #1 top priority. We protect your data the exact same way that we protect our own critical data. We use some of the highest security hardware technologies and software techniques available anywhere. We adhere to all required federal privacy, anti-fraud, and security laws. We submit ourselves to outside audits and scrutiny by expert specialists. We hire for integrity and good moral character. Through reference checks, background checks, drug screenings, skill/aptitude testing, and insurance, we ensure a staff you can trust.

  • Encrypted Data
  • Audited Annually

Founder’s Heart Then - Still True Today

These 6 videos were filmed in 2013 with Patriot’s Founder.