Tony Summerville, Fleetio

Tony Summerville, Fleetio

BirminghamTech, Generation 2.0 In 1982, a novelty band calling itself The MBAs released the album “Born To Run Things” — a title which fairly well describes Tony Summerville. “Growing up, I always knew I would start my own company. It runs in the family. My father and my grandfather both started their own businesses.” That […]

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Can you believe he actually would do it differently? As HubSpot’s former SVP of Worldwide Sales — who helped take the company’s customer base from 1 to over 12,000, and revenues from near-zero to more than $100 million — it’s safe to say Mark Roberge can sell anything. Anything, that is, except vacuum cleaners. Yes, […]

Tom McDougal, AlternaVisit

Tom McDougal, AlternaVisit

Routine healthcare that’s anything but routine Tom McDougal is wearing a long sleeve Nike t-shirt, Mountain Khaki pants, Dockers shoes and Nike socks. Not just the day he and I met for lunch. Right now. Assuming “right now,” as you’re reading this article, is a weekday. Weekends, Tom dresses down a bit. Call him predictable. He’ll […]

Joe Wortmann, QuiNovas

Joe Wortmann, QuiNovas

A Take-The-Hill Guy. Assuming You Need The Hill. It’s about 9:30 in the morning local time on a Monday in March, 2006. After 20+ hours in the air, Joe Wortmann lands at the Hamburg Airport — where he takes a cab straight to the I.T. offices for Awarix’s first European customer, and starts work on a […]

John Peinhardt, DirectorPoint

John Peinhardt, DirectorPoint

Entrepreneur by nature or nurture? Both. John Peinhardt isn’t the kind of guy who lives to impress people — as evidenced by this childhood memory: “I was the only kid at Career Day in second grade who wrote that I wanted to grow up and be a management consultant.” And where does a kid get […]

Gary York, Help Lightning

Gary York, Help Lightning

“Focus on your mission, not just ‘the business’.” Gary York still vividly remembers that moment when the foundation was laid for his future as a successful entrepreneur. It was 1997. He’d joined a startup founded by a charismatic man with a great idea for healthcare software, and his boss had just returned from a meeting […]