Getting Ready: The four-step pre-negotiation analysis all business leaders need

Preparing properly is the key to a successful negotiation for all entrepreneurs and business leaders.  It is essential to view this time as an opportunity to broaden your perspective and to imagine what your negotiation partners are thinking as they prepare to meet with you. This is not easy. A pre-negotiation analysis requires being able […]

Mulesoft CIO in Residence

Mulesoft’s CIO in Residence has three ideas to help his peers manage their digital priorities

Steve Stone admits he’s still trying to figure out exactly what it means to be CIO in residence at Mulesoft. “I think that means you get the title but none of the benefits or pay,” he joked to an audience of his peers at CIO Peer Forum, an annual gathering of IT leaders in Toronto […]

Philip Smolin

Inside The Mind Of . . . Philip Smolin

A digital marketing innovator for a quarter century, Philip Smolin is an industry expert on data and analytics, programmatic media buying, audience targeting, and the emerging business models redefining marketing. As Chief Strategy Officer of Amobee, Smolin is responsible for driving their global strategy and key growth initiatives that integrate data, analytics and programmatic activation, […]

product positioning vs. category creation

The truth about all the self-described ‘category creators’ in tech

Most successful companies are not category creators – even though they may look like that to folks that come from large companies. Startups should be very, very wary of advice they get around this.  I recently had two startups come to me talking about their attempts “category creation,” for example, when what they were really […]

CROs tech skills

What the democratization of learning means for Chief Revenue Officers and their teams

Chief revenue officers may have all the career experience they need to hire a sales manager, but judging the skills of a software developer may be a bit of a stretch. Of course, most CROs probably don’t oversee teams of programmers today, but the increasingly data-driven nature of sales means they could be pulled into […]

Paddy Cosgrave Collision 2019 Toronto

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave explains his decision to pull Collision out of the United States

Paddy Cosgrave has heard his conference referred to as the “Davos of tech” before, but the CEO of Collision says there are at least two things that differentiate it from the World Economic Forum. “We’re not in the Swiss Alps — and poor people are welcome at our event,” Cosgrave joked to the audience at […]

SurveyMonkey Srinivasan

SurveyMonkey CMO Leela Srinivasan wants to answer questions across the entire enterprise

The best thing for SurveyMonkey CMO Leela Srinivasan to focus on is: Strengthening awareness and perception of the firm’s brand Educating the market about its enterprise capabilities Demonstrating traction with key customers As you might have guessed, the correct answer to that question would be “all of the above,” according to Srinivasan, who joined the […]