Guests : Pat Sullivan, creator of ACT! and SalesLogix, ceo of Jigsaw Health
Aired : Sunday November 25th, 2007
If Pat Sullivan hadn't come along and created ACT! over 20 years ago to begin us all down the path of contact management and eventually customer relationship management, I might have ended up being an accountant. And probably wouldn't have co-founded a company called CRM Essentials. But he did and he's our guest on this week's show. Pat shares with us why he created ACT! and how the name came to be, and gives us his thoughts on why he feels CRM vendors may be overwhelming the user community. He also tells us what it takes to provide small businesses with the kind of CRM tools to allow them to be successful. Plus Pat fills us in on his new venture Jigsaw Health, compares building businesses before and during the Internet era, and how he's using social media to get the word out on chronic illness.
Also I talk with Michael about my recent trip to Silicon Valley where I had an opportunity to hang out with executives from some of the most important technology companies providing tools to the small business community, including Webex, Adobe, Intuit and Six Apart. I also had fun doing a three part podcast series with Webex user community leader Diane Davidson aimed at helping small businesses get found on the web. You can hear the first podcast in the series by clicking this link. And we welcome our new technology partner GotVMail, provider of on-demand telephone services for entrepreneurs. We're excited to have them on board as we now can provide listeners a toll free number for them to call and leave voicemail suggestions on how we can make the show better. That new number is 877-650-TFBS or 877-650-8327.
Pat Sullivan is widely recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the high-tech industry who created ACT!®—the best-selling contact manager—used by millions of business professionals around the world. Sullivan was named as one of the “80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History” among the ranks of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Jack Welch, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates. Sullivan was also honored with the prestigious Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award not once, but twice! First for creating and marketing ACT!®. And again for SalesLogix®, the leading mid-market customer relationship manager.Listen NOW!
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