What does a Cloud CEO do for a summer vacation?
It’s been a while. According to my new editor-in-chief, Leslie, I have not blogged since mid-summer. I do tweet regularly, though, at @lounibos. The fact that she’s not too happy about means it’s time for us to catch up.
What’s been keeping me away from blogging? Was it the lure of the beach? Nope! Was it my love of baseball? Nope! It was what it always seems to be for fast-growing Cloud startups: fund raising! Yep, I spent the summer rummaging around the Venture “Forest” that we call The Silicon Valley.
However, this time was very different as I had not planned to forage for cash until the spring, when fresh capital begins to bloom. This time we got started under the heat of the summer sun because, unexpectedly, a private VC decided to go rogue and preemptively offer us capital in which to grow. That’s how it all began.
I’ll tell you the rest of the story and more about our growth in time. And so here we are, 90 days later, and I’m emerging from the forest realizing that the summer has passed and that it’s time to update my blog.
That’s the short version of how I spent my summer vacation, along with the general business of talking to our customers, prospects and employees about their challenges and how we can solve them.
Leslie has made me promise not to disappear again!
About the Author
As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.