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  • My Story

    Every product leader has a unique story and path. Mine started as an architecture student and an almost accidental class in the journalism school. At the time, I used a computer for word processing and I had just received my first school authorized email account. I did't use it.

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    1994 : Journalism 101 : Intro to The World Wide Web

    My junior year at CU Boulder, I signed up for a crash course on the internet. It sounded interesting but was really just an easy elective and something I knew absolutely nothing about. The first week of class a new program called Netscape was released in beta. It fundamentally changed user experience of the web forever. That same semester, I built a 5 page website in place a 50 page thesis on the impact of ancient planning on modern civilization. It was the first time the professor had "surfed the web" and it set my career path.

    1995 - 1998 : CPS Design - My First Company

    Following my recent success at dodging a very lengthy thesis, I started taking on clients the following semester. Over Christmas break, I landed my very first customer. A local bank. I soon found a few others that had heard of the web and wanted in. I soon had a booming business. Well, honestly, website were pretty simple back them. This was a little more than a one man show. I made some money my last year of collage and had a nice little business running when I left school.
     

    1997 - 1999 : Conference Planners - My First Job

    I joined GPJ and shaped how they delivered conference registration tools. This was during a time when most event organizers still preferred registration by fax, phone and mail. My team delivered registrations products for large technology conferences for companies like PeopleSoft and Cisco. One of my home brewed projects was called the "onsite website". We build a website to be used on the terminals around the venue at Cisco Networkers in Las Vegas. Attendees used this site to access maps, the agenda, and session information. It was a first of it's kind in the conference industry. It was really just a reformatted version of the conference website!

    1999 - 2008 : WolfSmith Media - My Second Company

    My second company.

    2008 - 2010 : Salesforce Video

    Salesforce Video

    After selling WolfSmith to an employee I joined Salesforce at an exciting time. I was looking for an opportunity to build my business acumen and I landed in the right place. Soon after joining the marketing team, I became the product owner of the corporate home page and login page. I landed this responsibility because I have extensive experience with Macromedia Flash. And ...gulp.... the salesforce homepage used Flash heavily at the time. This provided me the opportunity to work directly with senior execs. Ultimately, I also became product owner for all video used within marketing, sales and support.

    2010 - 2013 : Salesforce Files

    My first "real" job.

    2013 - 2014 : Prosperworks CRM

    Amazing Product. Amazing Plan. Not a good fit.

    2014 - Present : Ideator

    Innovation networks. Created from the ground up. Our biggest customer is Blackstone.

  • My Work

    Now that you have my story, here are some of projects I have worked on over the years.

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    Files : One platform for all Salesforce files

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    Salesforce Live : Salesforce events broadcast worldwide

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    Flash Websites

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    Ideator.com - Innovation Communities

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    Salesforce Aloha Website Redesign

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  • What we do

    We fix implementations of salesforce that have not aged gracefully.

    Over the years, your Salesforce has slowly lost its luster. Maybe it never had luster. Most likely it's a total mess. With too many fields on every page. Too much custom code. Too many apps that don't always work. Too many triggers, Too many Reports. And way too much bad data. It's a royal mess.

    That is where Left at the Cloud can help. We will fix your royal mess. And give you the tools to manage your Salesforce implementation moving forward.

     

  • How We Do IT

    Any solution we recommend will be custom-tailored to your needs. Below is a general idea of how we will approach a solution to your specific problem.

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    Analyze

    We will have a small team analyze your existing system and dive into your stated challenges. This core team will usually include a Business System Analyst and Salesforce Architect. This team will quickly identify your pain points and document potential solutions.

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    Collaborate

    With this newfound knowledge, we will then sit down with your team to assess potential paths forward. This is usually coupled with a review and reprioritization of the existing backlog. From this, we will collaboratively define the best path forward with the least disruption of critical ongoing backlog items.  

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    Deliver on Backlog

    We deliver like an agile dev team. We will start with small measurable improvements with clear weekly deliverables. As we deliver improvements and build a solid working relationship across our teams the scope of the deliverables will increase too.

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    High Fives!

    You are on your way to having an implementation of Salesforce that will support your business needs and can be managed by your team without headaches. Typically you will want to maintain a basic service schedule and occasional maintenance. Otherwise, you are back in control.

  • Let's Connect

    Don't be afraid to reach out. We would love to discuss your challenges and offer some free advice.

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