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My name is Sameer Patel. Pretzel Logic covers my thoughts on organizational performance and the enterprise software business. And on occasion, a healthy rant or two about unrelated stuff that’s on my mind. Content and opinion here, is mine alone.
On August 15th, 2016, I joined Kahuna as CEO and board member. Kahuna enables a new level of authentic engagement between brands and their customers wherever they are — the web, email, mobile, social channels —through personalized communication at scale. Powered by big data and machine learning, we help create delightful experiences for every customer with the perfect message, delivered on the right channel, at just the right time.
Kahuna is trusted by Yelp, Yahoo!, GoPro, Dollar Shave Club and other leading brands. The company was founded in 2012 and counts Sequoia Capital, SoftTech VC and Tenaya Capital as its lead investors. Kahuna was named Best Places to Work 2015, San Francisco Business. And yes, we’re hiring.
Most recently, I was GM/SVP of Products and Go-to-market at SAP Cloud / Successfactors. During my 4 year tenure, SAP Jam, SAP’s flagship collaboration platform grew to over 34 million subscribers and was named leader by IDC and grew at triple digit CAGR. Here’s why I joined. At SAP, I was responsible for P&L and privileged to head up an incredible team that includes leading Product Management, Go to Market Strategy and Sales, Developer Platform and Partner Ecosystem, Technology Partnerships, Customer Adoption and Engineering. More, here.
Prior to SAP, I’ve had 15 years of leading enterprise technology teams in the consulting and systems integrator business focused on the designing and executing customer, employee and partner networks and associated applications. Customers have included Intel, Nike, CA, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, XO Communications, Symex, McKesson, Wrigley and others.
I have an undergrad from Babson College in Corporate Finance and Economics and a Masters from Boston University in Management Information Systems.
Industry: I’ve been honored to keynote over 50 industry and venture capital/private equity events including CeBIT, IBMConnect, The Social Business Forum, Milan, SIIA, WebCom Toronto, KMWorld, The Future of Talent, Defrag, GigaOm Net:Work, GigaOm Mobile Enterprise Summit, amongst others. More here.
Elsewhere in the press: More, here.
I was a nationally ranked Squash Player and still love the game.
I live in Palo Alto, California.
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