I have been part of the unique, dense, and constantly-evolving Boulder, CO startup ecosystem for nearly three years. During this time, I have had the privilege of working closely with a few local startups as clients through my former marketing consultancy. I currently work directly with several local companies who are sponsors and partners of the inclusivity-oriented tech meetup I founded, Flatirons Tech.
Boulder’s unofficial startup community ethos is “give first,” a phrase coined by local VC Brad Feld. This philosophy drives the entrepreneurial community here in Boulder, and is part of why the community is so dynamic despite its relatively small size and considerable distance from the heart of Silicon Valley.
Andrew Hyde, the founder of Boulder Startup Week, reached out to me earlier this year asking me to be on the Boulder Startup Week organizing committee and help run an event within the “Change The Ratio” track, which focuses, broadly, on startup culture and inclusivity. I said yes, and worked closely with many great people, including local startup SendGrid and Boulder Startup Week organizer Amy Button, to put on an event called “Creating Inclusive Startup Cultures” at SendGrid’s Boulder office.
Panel speakers came from Silicon Valley and local tech community; ServiceRocket’s COO Erin Rand spoke at the panel, alongside QuickLeft’s Chris McAvoy and Gorilla Logic’s Rachel Beisdel, whom I spoke with on a panel last November as part of NewCo Boulder, and SendGrid’s Josh Ashton, with whom I work closely through Flatirons Tech meetup.
ServiceRocket’s COO Erin Rand also spoke at an another event organized by SheSays Boulder on creative entrepreneurship. It was an awesome night of inspiration from some of the best c-level talent in Boulder and beyond, who just happened to be women.
I loved attending and helping shape Boulder Startup Week this year. I look forward to next year and continuing to be involved in its success.
Gainsight Pulse Conference And Customer Success Updates
Earlier in the month, I attended Gainsight Pulse Conference on behalf of ServiceRocket, who sponsored. This was my second time attending the awesome annual gathering of the Customer Success community, of which I am proud to be a part.
We’ll be releasing several episode of Helping Sells Radio that include interviews with experts from the conference. In the meantime, here’s two episodes we launched during the conference featuring Customer Success experts Todd Eby and Catherine Blackmore.
Named Top 100 Influencer In Customer Success By MindTouch and Customer Success A-Lister By Amity For 2016
I was honored to be included in MindTouch’s Top 100 Influencers In Customer Success among such amazing leaders in the industry. Thank you to MindTouch for including me.
I was also honored to be named A “Customer Success A-Lister” by Amity.
Helping Sells Radio Listed In “What’s Hot?” Section Of iTunes
The podcast I co-host, Helping Sells Radio, was listed in “What’s Hot” section of iTunes in Tech podcast category. My co-host Bill Cushard and I have been speaking to more great technology experts, including Geoffrey Moore, Aaron Ross, and more. Listen to past episodes.
Thank you for reading. -Sarah