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Derek: I’m an experienced Sales leader with a strong operational skill set. I started my career in sales as an SDR making 200 cold calls a day for an investment management company called Fisher Investments in the Bay Area.
I love sales because it’s so hard yet rewarding at the same time. Also, I kinda secretly like that while many people think of salespeople as a necessary evil, there are many others that believe we’re the secret sauce to the success of some organizations.
I was the 4th employee and first salesperson at Wildfire. During my time there, I lead the group to over 300 people in my organization, nearly $50m in revenue in year 3 and an acquisition by Google. Currently, I’m Founder and CEO at Pattern, a sales productivity tools company currently in stealth mode (see screenshots below).
Interviewee: Michael Cardamone, Managing Director at Acceleprise San Francisco
Interviewer: Jorge Soto, Host at Sotoventures
“Great leadership begins with great compassion.”
BIO: Tomasz Tunguz is a Partner at Silicon Valley based Redpoint Ventures . Tom blogs at www.tomtunguz.com and is super active on social media. Tom is also a well known public speaker and thought leader within the software-as-a-service (“saas”) space.