In this episode, we talk to Shelley Harrison, owner of LaunchPad. She has helped start more than 200 tech companies over the years, including cc:Mail (acquired by Lotus), Socialtext (acquired by PeopleFluent), Postini (acquired by Google), Vermeer (acquired by Microsoft) and others. She often follows a serial entrepreneur from startup and startup, and spoke to us about what makes for great partnership between founder and director of marketing. She offers plenty of advice on how startups can pivot properly, take effective action to market their products and services, and how she has gotten along — or not — with the founders and product managers over the decades she has been in the tech business. Chemistry counts for a lot: if you don’t have it, chances are the marketer is going to have issues down the road getting her ideas and programs approved.
Shelley also mentions what attributes the serial entrepreneurs she has worked for over the year have in common that make for compelling marketing of their businesses: she presents a very long list, which happens only a fifth of the companies that she has worked for. And she talks about what happens when a marketer’s advice conflicts with the founder’s vision, and the people whom she has been able to persuade, or at least listen to her point of view.
Follow Shelley on Twitter at @launchpadmkg.