Azus has labored at Cisco, RingCentral and most just lately Zoom. In his earlier roles he held a variety of gross sales titles, together with his ultimate position at RingCentral the place he was its government vice chairman of worldwide gross sales and companies.
Zoom wants little introduction, having crossed over from enterprise software program success story to consumer phenomenon during the COVID-19 pandemic, throughout which era firms, teams, people and households leaned on the video chat supplier to remain in contact.
Azus has been on the helm of Zoom’s cash engine since mid-2019, which implies that he has sat atop it throughout one of many most impressive periods of sales growth at any software program firm — ever.
So we’re glad that he’ll be at TC Early Stage this yr, the place we’ll pepper him with questions. Carry your personal, in fact, as we’ll be reserving round half our time for viewers Q&A.
However the TechCrunch crew has a plethora of issues we need to chat about too, together with the significance of bottom-up gross sales in the course of the pandemic, particularly in distinction to the extra conventional gross sales bullpen mannequin that many startups have traditionally used; the way to steadiness self-service gross sales and human-powered gross sales at a tech firm that presents each choices to clients, and their relative energy in 2021; modifications to gross sales incentive metrics at Zoom over time from which startups would possibly be capable to study; and the way to preserve order and tradition in a shortly scaling, distant gross sales group.
We’re additionally curious how Zoom managed to adapt to the pandemic itself, like how lengthy it took the corporate to succeed in full-strength from a gross sales perspective because it moved to distant work and clients that have been additionally out of the workplace. The easy reply is that his firm merely used extra of its personal product, however there’s extra to the story that we need to hear.
Usually at TechCrunch occasions we spherical up a cadre of executives from well-known expertise firms after which hammer them for information. Early Stage is a bit completely different, focusing as a substitute on extracting data, suggestions and what-pitfalls-to-avoid from tech people occupied with serving to startups do extra, extra shortly.
Azus received’t be coming alone. Bucky Moore from Kleiner can be in the home, together with Neal Sales-Griffin (a managing director at Techstars) and Eghosa Omoigui (a managing basic accomplice at EchoVC Companions). The checklist goes on, as you’ll be able to see here. (We’re additionally having a big pitch-off, so be certain that to come back to each days of the occasion.)
TC Early Stage continues TechCrunch’s current spate of digital occasions, so regardless of the place you might be, you’ll be able to tune in and study. Register today to make the most of early fowl pricing, don’t neglect to carry your greatest questions, and we’ll see you in early April!