Don't even trip dawg, this one's a bit meta, but we got you on this one, broh. The Growth Stage Podcast explores the nature of problems being solved with products, and in this episode, we look at the problem of Product itself. Product is a proper noun here. We’re joined by Co-Founder of unicorn Pendo, Eric Boduch, and Rick Zullo, of Equal Ventures, to discuss Product's ecosystem and roots in every success story.
OPERATOR Eric Boduch | Co-founder, Pendo
Eric is a co-founder and Chief Evangelist of Pendo. Launched in late 2013, Pendo is a product cloud creator for digital products and data-driven product teams. The company’s products help clients engage with and understand their customers better through building a great digital experience for them. With Pendo, product teams can understand product usage, collect feedback, measure sentiment, onboard users, and announce new features in-app – all without requiring engineering resources. With their latest round of funding being a Series E and having huge customers like Salesforce and Cisco, Pendo has definitely made a name for itself in the product cloud creating space.
Eric went to Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. After completing his BS, Eric also completed the Entrepreneurial Management Program at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Eric has over 20 years of experience in the industry, serving as CEO and President to four different software companies.
INVESTOR Rick Zullo | General Partner, Equal Ventures
General Partner, Equal Ventures
Rick is the Co-Founder and a General Partner at Equal Ventures, a thesis-driven, seed stage venture firm focused on bridging the digital divide and evolving along the innovation cycle. Rick received an MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School and graduated from the University of Richmond where he studied Economics and Leadership Studies.
Previously, Rick has worked at Lightbank, Foundation Capital, Bowery Capital, Lightview Capital, and Deloitte Consulting. Throughout his time with these investment firms after working at Deloitte as a strategy consultant, Rick invested in technology companies across the capital spectrum from seed-stage to buy-out. At Lightbank, Rick led investments in companies like Riskmatch, Vettery, Neumob, Expel, and Catalytic. Rick has also served on the boards of Snapsheet and Benchprep in addition to angel investing in several industry-leading companies like Rigup.
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