Manage Smarter 206 — Neil Day: Managing Tech Startups

Neil Day from R-Zero on the Manage Smarter Show by SalesFuel

In the cutthroat world of tech, Neil Day is a battle-​tested veteran. With 40+ years of experience in the industry, he’s led technology teams at Walmart​.com, Shutterfly, Blue Bottle Coffee, and more. Now he’s fighting a new battle as CTO of R‑Zero, the first company built from the ground up to tackle the transmission of pathogens in the COVID-​19 era.

In this podcast and vodcast for sales managers and sales leaders, Audrey, Lee and Neil discuss:

  • Differences managing at a startup vs. a large tech company
  • Balancing learning quickly and getting to market
  • How tech must support sales so they have max credibility in go to market strategy
  • Leadership who “fly to close to the sun” and mix ego with the brand launch 

"One mistakes startups make is overinvesting in platform too early. You just don’t know what your final product is going to look like."

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Audrey Strong

Audrey Strong

Vice President of Communications at SalesFuel
Audrey Strong heads all external and internal communications for SalesFuel, including public relations — which she has directed since 2014. Prior to SalesFuel, she founded her own public relations firm and served years as an award-​winning journalist in television news. Audrey earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Ohio University.
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