Bootstrapping to a $93M exit with the diagonal aSaaSin, Jesse Lipson, CEO and Co founder of Levitate
"I was the only employee in the company until we had a thousand customers".
Jesse Lipson, CEO and Co founder of Levitate and ShareFile, joins the show to talk about
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.
"Our first set of furniture in our coffee shop, my Dad took from our house. The couch and table that customers were sitting on and using came from our home."
"The result is the by product of your process. Your process is what is revolutionary" - Shane Battier, Former VP of Analytics, Miami Heat