As Infusionsoft's CEO, Clate leads the company's vision, strategy and growth. His entrepreneurial spirit sparked early in his career and evolved into the software industry while he was at About.com. From there, Clate co-founded Infusionsoft with brothers Scott and Eric Martineau as a way to give small businesses a leg up with smart marketing automation tools designed just for them. His passion for helping small businesses grow is the driving force behind the company's success.
InfusionCon 2013 is less than three weeks away and I can’t wait! The anticipation is building for our largest sales and marketing conference for small businesses yet … it’s like Christmas in March.
Our first InfusionCon was held in a rented training room next to our offices at the time. We had about 35 people who came together to share ideas and learn best practices in building their business. Every year since, the conference has become better and better. Every year I remember its modest beginnings and how much it has grown. Last year, we hit ‘sold-out’ status with 1,400 attendees (at a venue that was probably better suited for 1,250 people). This year, we’re expecting over 2,000 enthusiastic small business owners to attend InfusionCon 2013.
InfusionCon is different from typical conferences. Yes, there are amazing speakers with world-class content to share, as you might expect, but there’s something special about it that’s hard to fully understand if you haven’t experienced it yourself.
Here are four reasons why I love InfusionCon:
- Infusionsoft customers are awesome! Where else in the world do you have thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses gather like this to work on their business? It’s electrifying to feel the passion and energy of our customers as they interact with each other and with our employees. Every year, I leave InfusionCon completely charged up.
- We get to see our vibrant ecosystem in action. It’s a thrill to see our growing partner community come out in full force to support our customers. Certified consultants, certified developers, referral partners, and strategic partners all come together with an unwavering focus on customers.
- We pack the conference full of great content and amazing speakers. It can be difficult for attendees to decide which of the concurrent sessions spanning across five different tracks they should choose. We have some well-known speakers to come speak (and they are fantastic), but I especially love hearing the Ultimate Marketer finalists share what they are doing as Infusionsoft customers to grow their businesses.
- It’s fun to see the product enhancements unveiled. We’ll reveal to our customers and partners what the Spring 2013 Release will hold — and it’s totally exciting. I love seeing the response to all of our hard work, which is focused on making your life better. Last year was especially fun because our Chief Product Officer, Richard Tripp, and our CTO, Marc Chesley, surprised us with a special arrangement of ‘Walk This Way’. I’m stoked to have you see what’s coming in our Spring Release this year to make your life as an entrepreneur easier.
As a parting thought: don’t be left out. It broke my heart to have to turn people away last year when we sold out of tickets. If you are on the fence about whether you need to come to InfusionCon, let me be the one who pushes you to do it. You won’t be disappointed. This is the best conference on the planet for entrepreneurs who want to grow a successful business and still have the life they want.
I hope to see you in a few weeks!
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I’m eager to tell you about an exclusive special event I’m hosting for successful entrepreneurs in December called The Elite Forum: From Entrepreneur to CEO.
Our company has grown aggressively over the last five years… and in that time I’ve learned what it takes to scale a business. Add to that the work that we’ve done with thousands of business owners in helping them grow their businesses, and it became clear that it’s time to share the knowledge and help more business owners gain from our lessons learned. We can help you if you’re craving that next level. (more…)