Accel Partners announces Top 100 most promising European SaaS startups – we’re on it!

OK, so this is a shameless piece of promotion for Cloud 66, but I’m super proud we got a mention so massive props to the team. Last week, Philippe Botteri of Accel Partners – one of the leading global VC firms specializing in early phase and growth stage startups, published the ‘Accel EuroScape’ hot list. Taking a comprehensive look at over…

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How to build the right Marketing team

I was recently asked my thoughts on what to look for when building a Marketing team. While there are countless attributes that should be considered when deciding on a hiring strategy (role objectives, person specification, needs gap, organizational hierarchy, company trajectory, et al), my personal tip would be to focus on two aspects of your…

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The Absurdity of a Superbrand

This weekend’s Guardian newspaper (a UK broadsheet) included the annual Superbrands 2016 supplement, which inevitably caught my interest. Billed as ‘independently commissioned research to identify the country’s leading brands’, the report reflects ‘the opinions of thousands of members of the British public and business professionals’. Hmmm…. fair enough. And then I got to the results page….

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DevOps and Containers and Rails Apps, oh my…

Last month I joined the Cloud 66 family. I was fortunate enough to spend my first week at our company retreat, offering me the unique opportunity to not only get better acquainted with my colleagues, but also be part of the conversation around strategic direction and the focus areas for the year ahead. It was…

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Leadership is often the things you don’t do

Many years ago, I was involved in a car accident. As a novice driver who had just received his license, I was unable to control my speed, subsequently crashing into a roadside pylon. Apart from some minor cuts and a bruised ego, I’d miraculously emerged unscathed, which is more than I could say for my…

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Dear Travel Industry: show me you know me

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a travel industry gathering. One of the guest speakers – Andreas Nau, Expedia’s Managing Director for Central Europe, talked about the necessity for online travel agencies (OTA) to scrutinize the sustainability of their business model today, in order to secure the longevity of their future…

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Innovate or die… or just ask your workforce

As physicist William Pollard once said; “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable”. One of the most distinct qualities of the tech industry has been the role it plays as an agent of change, acting as the…

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