Success 1 with Chris Mahl

Success 1 with Chris Mahl

By Dave Carvajal on November 28, 2016


During rough tech industry times, @Informatica was one of the few software companies to continue to grow #Insights [Click to Tweet]

#Innovation and recreating the market year after year helps keep companies on top #Insights [Click to Tweet]

@Informatica started from 20 people in a garage to just recently being acquired for about $5 Billion #Insights [Click to Tweet]

Chris Mahl: I have to say that Informatica, for those of you who know, they were just acquired for about five billion dollars in private, which I joined in 1995 as one of 20 people. So there was minus nine customers, there was zero revenue and I have to say I’m going to share two perspectives on what I was most proud of.

Chris Mahl: One is we grew that, we took that public profitably over the next five and a half years, built it from the ground up with great people, great passion, define the market, own that market. And so I’m certainly proud of all those achievements from a sales/marketing perspective, but what I’m really proud of is when the bubble bursts we were one of the only companies to actually truly grow during that nuclear time we grew the company 10{f7a32599756963b989bde631f1a44401cc789db6f847c3735c9e8f651be632a4} with no revenue.

Chris Mahl: If you take the whole software category and you look at real returns in that particular year which is roughest in the tech industry, that was a pretty amazing achievements. So it’s actually that, I love the IPO don’t get me wrong, but building it from a garage of 20 with Groap, Diaz and Mark Burton who’s now on the board of Mongodb and tremendous executives but it was actually sailing the ship through the tough storm that I’m most proud of. So I’d say that.

Chris Mahl: I have to say that after that I went to SalesForce and I was there for just about four years leading a bulk of sales and strategic sales. I have to say the early milestones I’m most proud of was the teams who I worked with who closed the first 400 seed deal. At the time when I joined it was 50 and 40 and Kevin was there and the board was curious so that would have been AOL with a fellow named Greg Brown and his team in the southeast.  Wow we can do 400 and shortly thereafter there was the Sungard deal which was 1,000 seeds.

Chris Mahl: Common at the Sales Force at that time, an on demand model trusting 1,000 people to put all my customer data in the cloud, not happening. And that was actually Eric Poley who actually works for me now, it runs outside sales now through JW Player so Eric they do a tremendous job and great work with Mark on that.

Chris Mahl: The following year, the first 2,000 seed deal so these were 6 million dollar plus deals- unheard of. Nobody does this with on demand and Sun Guard was the big bag in the Southeast and the ADP. Teams are all part of my organization so these major milestones really made the industry say this is real.  Everything up until then wasn’t real so I have to say those.

Chris Mahl: Up to where I am now, certainly Right Media don’t get me wrong Right Media was a remarkable run, really brilliant. Guys like Mike Walrath had an amazing model going I just helped scale it before Yahoo purchased it. Seven months to a year there, did I play role definitely. Was the course set, clearly- these guys innovated on the exchange model and really understood how to create that and I loved being a part of that.

Chris Mahl: But I have to say right now which is JWPlayer and the present folks on the commercialization and scaling of the business. When I joined with some great founders, you know the company had done well, huge footprint but relatively small commercial presence. We doubled that business year over year with phenomenal innovation, recreating the market, recreating the value there.