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1186 Why Assembla Sold to Venture Equity Firm, Using GDPR to Hit 60% yoy Growth
As the CEO of Assembla, Paul Lynch is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the company. Prior to Assembla, Paul held multiple executive roles within cloud businesses where he drove revenue growth and international expansion. Paul has a Marketing degree from Dublin City University and is fluent in Spanish.
1185 Bagalore Based Cisco Engineer Quits To Help You Build B2B Apps, $7k MRR
A tech entrepreneur who is always up to something. Studied at IIT Kharagpur (India) and started the career as a software engineer at Cisco. Moved into product management role there and then joined a small startup Calm.io. Calm.io got acquired by Nutanix. Has witnessed the Nutanix IPO and has a software patent filed in his name. Currently, he is working on his new venture Clappia that bridges the business apps innovation gap.
1184 California Mom Bootstraps HR Tech to $5m in ARR
Reena, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, interestingly dove into entrepreneurship when most women take a career break, after her first child was born. She began with a staffing company, Avankia, then moved on to TargetRecruit, the most innovative talent management platform built on the Salesforce platform, that modernizes the recruiting cycle at organizations, from front to back office. Reena was featured as CRN's 2016 Women of the Channel, in Entrepreneur Magazine, Power 50 Solution Providers and much more. From supporting girls education to providing job opportunities to stay-at-home mom's at her firm, Reena always strives to do her part to support women. In this pursuit, she has embarked on the journey of Mom Relaunch- an initiative to bring women on a career break back into the workforce. Mom Relaunch is a one-stop solution for moms to have a fulfilling and sustainable career in the HR and IT industry.
1183 Why 200 Enterprise Clients Pay Him $10m+ to Scale Video Production
1182 Supercharged Mailchimp for Ecommerce passes $2m in ARR, Bootstrapped
Rytis Lauris is the Co-founder and CEO of Omnisend, the powerful marketing automation platform that’s focused on moving ecommerce marketers beyond the generic email marketing tools. Rytis is a successful entrepreneur who has spent the last 10 years building and driving a few startups which has brought him to ecommerce field.
1181 How MovableInk Broke $40m in ARR with 1 Pricing Axis to Drive Expansion Revenue
Vivek co-founded Movable Ink in 2010 and has led the company through rapid growth to a leading market position with 200+ employees serving 500 of the most innovative consumer brands. Through his leadership, Movable Ink is helping digital marketers embrace a visual world with intelligent creative that adapts at the moment of engagement. Prior to co-founding Movable Ink, Vivek headed Eastern North America and EMEA sales for Engine Yard. Earlier in his career, he held senior engineering roles at Blue Martini and Cisco Systems. Vivek graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
1180 How He's Making $30m/Quarter Mining Ethereum Blockchain
Harry has extensive contacts and experience in Canada's capital markets. He served as Managing Director of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. from 1985 to 2015 and as Managing Director of Espresso Capital from 2015 to 2017, investing in and advising startups in the technology and natural resources sectors. A cryptocurrency evangelist since 2013, Harry is the founding CEO at HIVE and is responsible for the company's overall vision.
1179 Why Co-Founder of $20m ARR Company Took Sabbatical to Write "Dream Teams"
Shane Snow is an award-winning journalist, celebrated entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of Smartcuts and the forthcoming DREAM TEAMS (June 2018), as well as the co-author of The Storytelling Edge. He is co-founder of the content technology company Contently, which helps creative people and companies tell great stories together, and serves on the board of the Contently Foundation for Investigative Journalism. Snow's writing has appeared in Fast Company, Wired, The New Yorker, and dozens more top publications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a recipient of Columbia University's Innovator Award for furthering the cause of journalism. He’s been called a “Wunderkind” by The New York Times, a “Digital Maverick” by Details, and his work “Insanely addicting” by GQ—though he wishes they had been talking about his abs.
1178 How QASymphony Used Integrations to Drive 115% Gross Revenue Retention, $20m in ARR
1177 Then Turn Your Customers into Advocates, North of $12m in ARR
1176 How this Developer Made $250k+ Selling Powertools He Didn't Own Via Amazon Ebay Arbitrage
Alex is an intellectually curious life-hacker, software developer, and small business owner based in downtown Austin. Formerly a Management Consultant with Accenture, he currently runs Austin Data Solutions, a five-person consultancy specializing in solving business problems with some of the latest technologies.
1175 He'll Process $100m in Business Travel This Year
1174 Planning a $50m ICO for Property Investing, 55% Unlevered IRR Historically
Andrew is the Co-CEO of Aperture, a real estate tech and investment company that has systematized the acquisition, rehabilitation and sale of distressed residential real estate across the US and is producing unlevered IRRs in excess of 50%. Aperture is launching its Property Coin ICO (security token), the first professionally managed portfolio of real estate assets and loans available via the blockchain to help fund the growth of its existing business. Prior to forming Aperture, Andrew was co-head of capital markets at the largest fix and flip operator in the US and before that was an investment banker focused on the residential real estate and mortgage industries for 12+ years. Andrew graduated from Babson College with a major in Finance.
1173 Loyalty Perk SaaS Hits 2300 Locations, $2.3m in ARR
Sunil is Founder and CEO of Perkville, a rewards platform for local businesses. He started Perkville to help SMBs compete with large companies by giving them a powerful, yet affordable program. He now works with companies of all sizes with over 2,000 locations and 1 million consumers participating each month.
1172 How He Pivoted to $30m in Funding, 10,000+ Jobs Placed with Recruiting AI Tool
Eyal Grayevsky is the CEO and Co-founder of Mya Systems (formerly FirstJob), creators of Mya, the industry's leading AI recruiter. His 12+ years of experience co-managing his family's recruiting agency and operating FirstJob inspired him to solve the major inefficiencies in the recruiting space. Prior to Mya Systems, Eyal co-founded FirstJob, a job site for companies looking to attract, engage and hire qualified early-career talent from the company's network of over 11M active millennial job seekers. Eyal is also a Founding Partner at DoubleTap Ventures, a community of startup founders that provides an environment for entrepreneurs to share advice. He received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Colorado.
1171 New Founder Talks First 30 Days, $160k in Revenue, Next Steps
Guillaume Moubeche is Co-founder & CEO at lemlist.com. He's a SaaS lover with a passion for Growth Hacking and traveled the world for a year using social networks to stay at locals' for free. He holds 2 Masters degrees, one in Chemical Engineering and one in Marketing.
1170 Playbook he used for taking 3 companies public f\rom scratch
Will Herman is an entrepreneur, active angel investor, corporate director and startup mentor. He has started and managed five companies, resulting in two IPOs and two corporate sales. Will has also invested in over seventy startups, sat on the boards of twenty and has advised over a hundred more.
1169 From $40CPA Model to $900/mo SaaS, 100% yoy growth
Will Fraser is CEO and co-founder of SaaSquatch. He studied electrical engineering and business before starting his first company. Since becoming an entrepreneur he has worked with some of the world's largest companies to help them build digital growth channels that have touched many millions of people around the globe.
1168 Social Media For Lawyers Doubles YOY to $1.5m ARR, Raising $1m?
Adrian Dayton is the Founder of ClearView Social and author of two books on social media for lawyers. His software is being used by over 20,000 professionals including 25 of the 100 largest law firms in the United States.
1167 How FloQast Grew 300% YoY to $8m ARR Selling to Accounting Teams
Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FloQast. Prior to that, he was the fifth accountant hired at Cornerstone OnDemand to help prepare for their IPO. Mike began his career in audit at Ernst & Young in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor's in Accounting from Syracuse University.
1166 He Invented Mattress in a Box 20 years ago But Casper Out-Marketed Him
1165 Coveo CEO: "We'll pass $100m ARR imminently" on $150m raised for AI powered search
Louis Têtu is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Coveo. Prior to Coveo, Louis co-founded Taleo Corporation, the leading international provider of cloud software for talent and human capital management. Prior to Taleo, Louis was President of Baan SCS, the supply-chain management solutions group of Baan, a global enterprise software company.
1164 Want Your Own Alexa, Without Amazon Influence? Mycroft Raises $8m For Opensource Voice Stack
Joshua Montgomery is the Founder and CEO of Mycroft AI - the privacy-focused open source voice assistant. Joshua has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience to bring to Mycroft. He previously built one of the few gigabit fiber networks from scratch in the United States.
1163 How Jazz HR Used $6m in New Funds to Add $1m ARR in 3 Months
Pete has 25 years of experience in leadership roles with high growth companies, spending the majority of his career with technology solutions designed for the global small business community. Prior to joining JazzHR, Pete was Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Carbonite where he was responsible for all revenue and led the company's expansion into the SMB market, which grew to exceed 100,000 paid small business customers. Pete was a member of the Carbonite IPO leadership team. Previously, Pete served as SVP & GM for NameMediaâ€™s SMB-focused Domain Marketplace, the largest of its kind in the world, and Chief Operating Officer of Monster Worldwide's consumer relocation division, helping small businesses convert new movers into lifetime customers. Pete is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Business School.
Luke Skurman is the Founder and CEO of Niche.com. Luke holds bachelors and masters degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of its Board of Trustees; Luke is the Vice Chairman of the Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship committee, he is also a member of both the Finance and the Property & Facilities committees. Luke is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Ascender, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), focusing on bolstering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh region. Luke is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Pittsburgh Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Luke has won national awards related to entrepreneurship from BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Inc. Magazine and has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Fortune. Luke was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pittsburgh region in 2016.
1161 How 4m Freemium Users Power Enterprise Content Offering at Scoop.it
Co-founder & CEO of Scoop.it, a SaaS platform that helps marketers publish content using data science. Entrepreneur since 2000: Musiwave (first mobile music platform, acquired by Microsoft), Goojet (pre-iPhone mobile widget platform). Startup advisor and investor: Tedemis (email retargeting, acquired by Criteo), The Refiners, Impact (cross-border accelerators in San Francisco).
1160 Convoy, The Uber for Trucking, Charges Avg $4/mile on 100 mile trip, Takes Less Than 20% Per Unit Shipped
Dan Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Convoy. Convoy is building the largest connected network of trucking companies in the country, helping businesses ship freight more efficiently, improving drivers' livelihood and reducing the 7% of all greenhouse gases that come from trucking. Before Convoy, Dan served as General Manager of New Shopping Experiences at Amazon, as well as Vice President of Product and Operations at Wavii (acquired by Google), and Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Dan started his career in technology and supply-chain consulting for Oliver Wyman, after studying cognitive science at Yale University.
1159 SF Company w/ $50m Raised "Of course we're burning cash!"
Zack pioneered the first large-scale Drupal website for the Howard Dean campaign in 2003, co-founded the world's first Drupal development shop, CivicSpace, co-founded a successful Drupal development shop, Chapter Three, and also co-founded Mission Bicycle. What started as a professional website development epiphany ”We're doing it wrong!” evolved into an all-in-one platform after he and a few trusted colleagues got together and started solving problems.
1158 School teacher developers software, other teachers buy it, $3k MRR
Highschool Teacher for over 8 years, entrepreneur in web design for over 15 and gamification expert for 8 years (3 as international expert).
1157 From Artist to $200k MRR SaaS Company for Content Publishing
Taj Forer is an experienced publisher, digital media executive, entrepreneur and artist. He currently serves as CEO of Fabl, the cloud-based publishing platform for content marketing, serving a global client base including CBS, Cond Nast, GE and Ducati, among others. Forer is Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international publisher of art books and is the author of two books of his own critically acclaimed art photography.
1089 Workato CEO: "We're Enterprise Version" of Zapier, Segment, Elastoic
Vijay has led the creation of market leading integration technologies for over 25 years. Prior to Workato, he was the CEO of Qik, a consumer video communications company acquired by Skype. Before Qik, he helped create two multi-billion dollar integration products. He was part of the team that created world's first middleware platform, TIB (The Information Bus) at Teknekron Software Systems, which was acquired by Reuters Plc, in 1994. He was also on the founding team and SVP, Engineering of TIBCO through its IPO. As Chief Strategy Officer, he then helped launch Oracle's Fusion Middleware platform in 2005.
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