My Boston Startup Journey to Stackdriver

BlogPictahCommunity, content, creativity: these three things have been my fuel for life since I was young. They’re the reasons I made videos to supplement my class projects; why I loved planning themed celebrations for every occasion; the cause for the enthusiasm I have for art of all forms. My passion for these “three c’s” is what led me to the wonderful world of startups and, ultimately, to where I am today as Stackdriver’s new Community Marketing Manager.

In college, my envisioned career trajectory was pretty standard for that of an aspiring advertising exec: intern at an ad agency (read: fetch coffee), become hired full-time (read: route phone calls), and after years of climbing the hierarchical ladder, become the Art Director or Copywriter of my dreams. But after a short time at an ad firm, I realized this was not the path for me — so I decided to make a change. It was then that I stumbled upon the Boston startup scene, a phrase I hadn’t even heard of at the time but now one I use frequently and with adoration. I spent two years building a community and content at a technology startup, all the while getting to know the amazing people, companies, and events that comprise the growing startup community.

I knew my next move would have to involve, of course, my three c’s, as well as a continued involvement in the Boston startup scene I love so dearly. Lucky for me, Stackdriver also happened to offer another c AND two t’s: culture, team and timing.  I’ve learned that “culture” is more than just getting to wear jeans every day and flexible work hours; it’s the personality of the company, its unique identifier. And I can truly say that Stackdriver’s culture is unparalleled. Not only did I want to be a part of this quirky, hustling, fun-loving culture, but I wanted to be a part of making all of Boston – scratch that, the WORLD – know about it too.

A culture, of course, is only as good as its team. Which, in Stackdriver’s case, is pretty darn good (understatement of the year). I’m ecstatic to be surrounded by some of the smartest and most innovative people around, who also happen to be super passionate about their work AND know how to have fun.

Finally, timing: Stackdriver’s product exists at a time that cloud computing- especially AWS – is growing by leaps and bounds. Stackdriver is solving a real need for DevOps and has truly found its product-market fit. There is huge growth potential in this space, and I’m thrilled to have joined in time to experience the growth first-hand.

I can’t wait to build and grow Stackdriver’s community of customers, prospects, fans, and influencers, both online and off. I can’t wait to be challenged day in and day out, expanding my skills and learning about a new space. And I can’t wait to shout from the rooftops about how awesome Stackdriver is.

Speaking of community — I’d love for you to join ours! Follow Stackdriver on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin. And don’t hesitate to say hi — follow me on Twitter or shoot an email to kelly@stackdriver.com.

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