Erick is an entrepreneur and full-stack web developer and currently runs Arbé Digital and Golf Web Design. He has built software and websites for clients in numerous different industries. He’s also started (and sold) several different companies over the past 15+ years. Most recently, his venture into the law-tech industry has led him to build Willio.com – an online estate planning tool with a focus on digital Wills.
He’s also been a PGA Professional since 2005 after graduating from Methodist University. His most recent online golf venture is Backswing.com – a golf instruction platform that connects golfers to top golf instructors around the country.
Episode 58 features 4x Founder Nicolas Vandenberghe currently of Chili Piper, a buyer enablement platform for Sales & Marketing teams to better connect with their potential future clients. I really enjoyed the conversation a lot and especially the lessons Nicolas shared about the early stages of many of his companies, co-founding a business with John Sculley, having $42 million pulled out from under him, going against big competitors like Salesforce, and much more.
Started selling newspapers in the streets of Paris in high school, studied Maths at Ecole Polytechnique then Business at Stanford GSB, started and sold 3 tech companies with up to 65 employees and $11M in revenues, ran Sales for a $2Bn telecom company negotiating billion dollar deals with companies like Google, now co-founder of Chili Piper – on a mission to create a new software category around Buyer Enablement – helping businesses help their buyers.
In my spare time I re-read the 27 chapters of “Neuroeconomics, Decision Science & The Brain” by NYU star professor Paul Glimcher, in the hope of bringing its findings to the science of Sales & Marketing.
Episode 57 will forever be one of my favorites as I speak with good friend and software founder, Doug Neumann. I went on location to Doug’s house to talk with him about his entrepreneur journey, making the switch from corporate america, getting support from his wife, and much more.
Doug is the Co-Founder of Arpio, a Data Redundancy Software built specifically for Amazon Web Services customers.
This is a really special episode as Doug isn’t known to many but not only is he a tremendous human being but he’s living the “Just Get Started” life by pressing forward through a lot of fear and uncertainty to follow his passion to start his own software business.
One of the people on the “short list” I wanted to speak with was the Co-Founder and CEO of Pendo, Todd Olson, and was thrilled when he accepted my invitation. Todd lives right in my backyard in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and I have been an admirer of Pendo for many years. Todd and I have some mutual connections but we’ve never had the opportunity officially meet before. I was interested to understand how he came to be a Co-Founder of Pendo, how they’ve scaled, and what lessons he learned early in life that has propelled him to this success. We cover those topics and more on this episode of the Podcast!
About Todd Olson:
Todd Olson is co-founder and CEO of Pendo, a product experience platform that helps product managers deliver successful products. Before Pendo, Olson served as VP of products at Rally Software Development which he led through its public offering.