The Artemis Update - June 2017
The Artemis Update - May 2017
In recent conversations, I've discussed organizational values and their affect on growth in tech. Does a focus on values improve or impede growth? Many companies, both in Canada and the US, are being torn between being values-focus (respectful, kind and trusting) and being delivery-focused (fast, effective). In the eyes of many, these are at opposite ends of a spectrum. But is that really the case?
We Canadians have a reputation for being nice - polite to a fault. This reputation has become a strength. In markets where customer and employee experience are critical, our inclusive and caring nature is starting to set our tech companies apart.
We know that the success of a tech company is tied directly to the ability to attract and engage the best people. We've seen this time and again as we've worked with multiple companies to build their executive teams. Talented people all want to be part of a winning team that is moving quickly down the path of success but they also really want to be respected.
Great people know how to get results, and they’d rather deliver those results for a company that shows them respect. The most talented people we talk to want to work with leaders who create an environment where it is safe to innovate and learn - where they are trusted and given both autonomy and direction.
A values-based organization is most likely to attract the best people. When inspired with the right mission, great people will care about customer and will deliver great solutions with speed and efficiency.
Tom Kane joined Virtek in December as VP Global Sales. As an international sales leader with extensive experience in growing and mentoring teams, he was excited to apply his learnings to help Virtek continue to grow and compete on a global level.
A few months into the new role, we caught up with Tom to hear about why he joined Virtek, why they are poised for global success and how to scale a sales organization.
With the new changes happening in the region and an exciting array of high-growth tech clientele the Artemis Team was at capacity. So we're happy to announce that our team recently doubled in size and we're delighted to welcome Nivedita, Yvonne and Joe to the team!
Armed with a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in International Business, Nivedita recently took the plunge into Canada's winter and exploding tech industry. With a background in digital marketing at an agency in India and a Fortune 500 company in Amsterdam, Nivedita is excited about bringing her dual perspective to the team.
Yvonne is a maritimer with a passion for helping people. She’s excited to be matching talented people with challenging roles. In Calgary, she helped build and develop engineering teams for the Energy sector, now she’s eager to help power innovation in KW.
A graduate of UW, UofT, and former doctoral candidate at McMaster, Joe excitedly made the move into tech and recruiting at a Fortune 500 before joining Artemis. He's thrilled to work with the finely-tuned team and to focus his efforts on driving innovation by championing it’s most critical asset: good people.
Sean Erjavec is the new EVP Sales at Bridgit. As a scale-up sales leader with global experience, he is responsible for building a team to drive revenue growth for this exciting KW start-up. Now 3 months into his new role, we talked to him about why he made the move and his approach to sales leadership.
“For a brand to ring true, and have real authenticity to it, it must start from the inside of the company. It must be inextricably linked to the soul - the very DNA - of the company. The company must live and breathe its brand from the inside out.”
- Daryl Weber
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