Pat Sullivan Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award

Honoring a career that’s spanned nearly three decades, Contatta’s Pat Sullivan has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award by The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC). Honoring a career that’s spanned nearly three decades, Contatta’s Pat Sullivan has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award by The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC). Voting began June 2. The… Read More

Singing and Dancing

I always want to know if an entrepreneur I meet can sing and dance.  That is to say, I want to know if he/she has the ability to sense any situation and adapt to it as needed. I always want to know if an entrepreneur I meet can sing and dance.  That is to say,… Read More

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Positioning Contatta

In my last post I talked about how the positioning of ACT! came about. We went from describing it by all the things it did, to what it was–the best-selling contact manager. Contatta has been the hardest product I have ever been involved with to correctly position and message. SalesLogix, my second startup was actually… Read More

And is a bad word

Why “And” is a Bad Word

I often get the chance to talk with entrepreneurs. One of the things I always wait to hear is their description of what they do. Most describe their product offering using the word “and” several times. As soon as I hear this, I know they are usually not focused. Their market positioning and messaging is… Read More

The Importance of Mentors

I was very fortunate to have had a few great mentors in my entrepreneurial career. I sought them out so I could learn from them. I was very fortunate to have had a few great mentors in my entrepreneurial career. I sought them out so I could learn from them. Even with Contatta, though I… Read More