TBLP025 | Farhan Thawar: Building Together is Genius

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of a Helpful.com. Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and the VP of Engineering at Pivotal Labs.

Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world.  He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people.

Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy.

Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The  experience growing Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world
  • The benefits of paired growing and the best practices to managing it successfully
  • Mobile and the enterprise, what is missing
  • How the acquisition of Xtreme Labs by Pivotal helped change his leadership style
  • How businesses can utilize AI for talent selection and how it will impact future jobs
  • Some leadership myths not to follow

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TBLP004 | Paul Teshima: Company Culture Trumps Strategy

Paul is the CEO and Co-founder of Nudge.ai, a modern sales platform that uses artificial intelligence to provide sales teams with actionable insights on their target customers.

He is a successful technology executive who has run Services, Customer Success, Account Management, Support and Product Management teams.

As part of Eloqua’s executive team, Paul helped lead the company from $0 to over $100 million in revenue, then through IPO and a successful acquisition for $957 million by Oracle.

He’s a firm believer that company culture trumps strategy every time, and that storytelling is an essential part of creating a business. He has a successful track record as a leader with a strong focus on sales and customer engagement.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why he is leading Nudge with a product first strategy
  • Hear his personal experience taking Eloqua to $100M
  • His thoughts on the difference between great managers and great leaders
  • Why he believes culture trumps strategy and  betting on people
  • What is the biggest thing he learned from taking a company public
  • Why it’s important to have a Customer Success Manager first
  • How he is finding work-life balance while running a startup
  • What he does when he finds awesome talent
  • How you get your team to ask you the right questions

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.