Jesse Lipson is the CEO and Founder of Levitate, a platform that helps businesses keep in touch with their customers. Prior to founding Levitate, Jesse founded ShareFile in late 2005, bootstrapping the company from zero to four million users in six years. He joined Citrix in 2011, when Citrix acquired ShareFile. At Citrix, he was the CVP & GM of the Cloud Services Business Unit, where he was responsible for the vision, market direction and strategy behind Citrix's cloud products, including ShareFile, ShareConnect, RightSignature, and Citrix Workspace Cloud.
Jesse is a self-taught software programmer and he has launched and led multiple cloud and e-commerce businesses since the age of 23. His first startup was Rapidata.net, a pharmaceutical market research company, where he served as CEO. While involved with Rapidata, Jesse helped grow revenues by over 500% and laid the foundation for the company's acquisition by Greenfield Online. Subsequent to Rapidata.net, Jesse co-founded and served as CEO for a web site development firm called novelProjects.
Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in philosophy in 2000. He currently serves on the board of directors of Yext and he's a founding partner of HQ Raleigh, a co-working space in downtown Raleigh and an entrepreneurial co-living space called ThinkHouse.
"I have a prediction with 100% in 10 years you're going to have a billion dollar ARR company emerge out of this category"
The Zero to One phase is the hardest stage because you're having to convince people to use a new product from a new company. And on top of that LaunchDarkly at the time was also a process change, and people weren't really used to continuous delivery.