By Rajat Bhargava Posted June 11, 2014
JumpCloud is happy to announce that our new Chief Marketing Officer, Robert Phillips, officially started this week here in the JumpCloud office in Boulder. We’re really excited for the expertise Robert is bringing from his past from companies such as SendGrid, NetFlix, and, most recently, Kapost.
We thought that it would be fun for all of us to get to know Robert better, so we decided to interview him! Here’s the back and forth:
1. Hello, what is your name and your new title here at JumpCloud?
I am Robert Phillips, the new Chief Marketing Officer.
2. Where are you from originally? And how did you end up in Colorado/Boulder?
I’m originally from west Des Moines in Iowa. I ended up in Colorado through a long route of tech companies which took me from Minneapolis, to Dallas, to San Francisco, to San Diego and ultimately here to Boulder.
3. What are your favorite Colorado/Boulder activities?
Mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter are big for me. Whenever I lived by oceans I loved to surf, in my mind, I’m still surfing. And I’m always up for spending some quality time with my wife and kids.
4. Favorite vacation you have taken?
I think probably my trip to Vietnam and Thailand was my favorite vacation, it has great beaches, warm water, and great food. It’s tough to top that.
5. What lead you to getting involved in the internet and software space?
Soon after I first moved to San Francisco, a friend approached me asking about working for a company called PeoplePC, and that was my first jump into the world of tech startups. Back then these kinds of companies were called ASPs (application service providers), because this was all long before the cloud and SaaS came about. Probably around 1998 or 1999, which is a long time in Internet time. I quickly realized the potential for growth for this kind of company. Being able to charge recurring revenue each month is an excellent way to bring money in, especially because you don’t have to resell customers on a product every month.
6. How did you become interested in this position at JumpCloud?
I knew Rajat and Brad Feld, and had worked in some of the Foundry Group companies before. I really enjoy working with the Foundry Group family, and I thought JumpCloud had big potential. Another factor was seeing how difficult life is for operations folks in companies. I’ve found they’re often some of the busiest and hardest working people on IT teams, and I thought JumpCloud had the potential to help them change that.
7. What are you most excited for in your work with JumpCloud?
It’s a chance to make lives better for ops people, to be part of creating a platform that can help them manage their multitude of tasks and responsibilities on a daily basis. I also love to grow companies and revenue, that’s something that always gets me excited.
8. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
I always wanted to meet Bruce Lee. I was a big practitioner and fan of mixed martial arts for a long time. I always thought he was a fascinating person who really revolutionized mixed martial arts.
9. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take?
I suppose I’d want my computer, wi-fi, and an umbrella for shade.
10. Answered like any true tech rockstar. 🙂
Welcome, Robert! Glad to have another rockstar hop on the JumpCloud train!