Loss of Control of Personal Schedule

Earlier this week I was talking to a successful entrepreneur that had recently sold his company. After the normal conversation topics I asked, “What’s changed the most for you after selling your business?” Without missing a beat he said it was loss of control of his personal schedule. Before, he set the agenda and dictated…

Culture Drives How You Feel

Tonight we had a Technology Executive Roundtable event in the new Atlanta Tech Village conference center. Tom Noonan, one of the panelists, made several excellent remarks (as well as memorable ones — ask about the purple shoe). One of his comments really stood out to me: corporate culture drives how you feel. Think about the…

Atlanta’s Silverpop Acquired by IBM

Yesterday Silverpop announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by IBM (press release). This is great news for Atlanta and helps cement Atlanta’s role as one of the largest digital marketing software hubs in the world. With great local brands like MailChimp, IgnitionOne, WhatCounts, Pardot, Silverpop, and more, there are thousands…

Notes from the Zendesk IPO Filing

Zendesk, one of the hottest and fastest growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies just filed their S-1 to go public. Zendesk makes help desk software for support teams to interface with customers in an efficient manner. Zendesk started at the same time as Pardot back in 2007, so I have a sense of nostalgia watching our respective…