The Secret Ingredient to Building Effective Relationships

The Power of Mutual Perspective

A wise man once said to “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It seems increasingly rare to find leaders who harness this mindset. Seeking to understand others first is not anyone’s natural tendency. I think this is why it stands out so much when we experience it. In the VC world, we often […]

How to Succeed as a CMO Today

Evolution of the Modern CMO

In 2006, I took my first role as a CMO of a B2B software company. I can remember the reaction of my friends and peers like it was yesterday. A neighbor asked how I became a Chief Medical Officer (a different kind of CMO) so quickly, and I think the rest thought I had simply […]

5 Key Factors to Create An Active Startup Ecosystem Flywheel

This Blog Post has been Adapted from its Original Publication in October 2015 One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role with Hyde Park Venture Partners is getting to see some of the most dynamic tech ecosystems around the country. As a firm we focus on high growth, recurring revenue type businesses – usually […]

4 Ways to Ignite Your Workforce

Unlock the Power of Your Company’s Greatest Asset

I love hearing details about a company’s growth story when they pitch to me. But, revenue alone certainly doesn’t provide a clear picture of everything that is happening. The tell-tale sign of organizational health is the quality of employee engagement. Success in this area takes a group effort. Of course, the CEO and other key […]

Buying Software Should Not Require Magic

Some things just don’t make sense, but somehow, we tend to accept them at face value. It’s amazing to me that we can get far more detailed, credible, and real-time reviews on where to go to dinner tonight than I can for a CRM or HR software platform, yet companies spend billions of dollars each […]

Terminus and the Account-Based Marketing Revolution

If you take a look back on the waves of innovation in marketing cloud technology, you will notice that a big category seems to emerge every four to five years. Dating back to the dotcom era, it was the emergence of CRM platforms, then email marketing platforms, followed by social, and marketing automation. In these […]

The 5 Key Trends Driving a Transformation in SaaS

In the past five years, SaaS has become a global phenomenon. As Tom Tunguz recently pointed out, SaaS is not just a trend… it’s here to stay. The past twenty years have seen the software industry increasingly migrate from on-prem solutions to the cloud. SaaS has gone from being the exception to the norm. Last week, […]

The Secret Weapon for Building Great Culture

On Sunday, we witnessed an unbelievable finish to Super Bowl LI. Love the Patriots or hate them, they know how to win. Being a Colts fan, I’m personally not a card-carrying member of the Pats’ Fan Club (not even close), but the power of the Patriots’ culture is hard to deny. They have built a […]

Why Saying “No” is Essential to Success

Saying "No" Can Lead to a Better "Yes"

I have a confession to make…somehow I fell into the trap that you can do it all. And the way to “do it all” was to just keep saying yes. Another meeting? Ok. Another “quick” phone call? Why not. Another board role? Sure. You get the idea. The problem is, it’s all a big lie. […]

Must-Have Metrics for your 2017 Marketing Dashboard

5 Key Metrics to Drive Marketing ROI

Every SaaS marketer I know is in full-swing planning for 2017. After signing up for your marketing commit of demand generation, you’ll have a very specific set of measurable goals to manage. But what else should marketers be evaluating on a regular basis to make sure things are on track? Over the past several years, […]