Recognized as a visionary leader in the small business community, Clate has been educating and inspiring entrepreneurs for more than a decade. His passion for small businesses success stems from his personal experience taking Infusionsoft from a struggling startup to a six-time Inc. 500/5000 winner. As CEO, Clate is leading Infusionsoft on its mission to create and dominate the market of all-in-one sales and marketing for small businesses.
Under Clate's leadership, Infusionsoft has landed three rounds of venture capital including a recent $54 million Series C led by Goldman Sachs. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends, and Business Leader of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council. Co-author of the New York Times bestseller Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy, Clate is a national speaker on entrepreneurship and small business success. Clate has a B.A. in Economics from Arizona State University, as well as an M.B.A. and a Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University.
The economy took a nosedive in December 2007 as the Great Recession began its crippling effects on the U.S. economy. The rebound took a few years and began to show improvements in the latter half of 2009. Those initial steps toward recovery were on the backs of hardworking, committed small business owners who refused to give up. Over the last few years, we have seen these small businesses survive and beat the odds.
This is the year that we will see small business leaders move past surviving and into thriving. Here is how they are going to do it, and how you can too. (more…)
I’m very pleased to announce that Infusionsoft has hired Brent Stumme as our CFO. After more than two years of searching, I’m thrilled with the match we found. You might be asking yourself, “Why did it take so long to find the right person?” and “Why should I care?” (more…)
A cornerstone of the 2013 Spring Release is Infusionsoft ID, a new way for you to log into and connect all of your Infusionsoft related applications, such as the Campaign Marketplace and Sync for Gmail, with a single email address and password. (more…)
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.
Today is a big day for Infusionsoft and our small business customers. I’m thrilled to announce that we have acquired GroSocial, a social media marketing software company. You can read the press release announcing the deal and you can sign up for the webinar where we’ll demo the two products together. (more…)
I always love this time of year. It’s the time when we take stock of the previous year, look ahead to this one and set goals and key milestones for success. Last year, I shared my predictions for our company and I’m happy to report all of those came true. In similar fashion, I’d like to share with you my top predictions for Infusionsoft in 2013. (more…)
At Infusionsoft, we’re up to something big. We’re building a company that’s built to last. Today is a big day on the road to fulfilling our purpose to help small businesses succeed.
I’m pleased to announce Infusionsoft has secured $54 million in growth capital financing from Goldman Sachs. This is super-exciting news for our customers, partners and employees. We’ll put this investment to good use, fueling our product development, accelerating marketing and sales, and growing our partner and education programs in the U.S. and internationally. This ultimately means we will reach more small businesses around the globe and enable them to succeed with our all-in-one sales and marketing software, services and education. (more…)
I was honored when the ASU Venture Catalyst asked me to be a keynote speaker at their Techiepalooza event. The event brought together several hundred members of the Phoenix entrepreneurial and tech community for education and networking. Right away, I knew what topic I wanted to speak about. (more…)
If you’ve followed Infusionsoft for any period of time, you know we’re huge proponents of culture. Our culture is an incredible competitive advantage for us, enabling us to hire the best people who make a great impact on our customers and the company. We have been named one of the best companies to work for in Arizona for six straight years. And last year, we were named #15 on the list of Best Companies to Work for in America. (more…)