Listen in as we sit down to chat with marketing leaders from the Waterloo Region.
Chief Marketing Officer
In this Part 2, a follow-up to 2019-01, Jacqui and I picked up where we left off and had an insightful chat about growth marketing, corporate culture, investing in people, acquisitions, learning from others—and additional important topics including sexism, mental health, the wisdom and liberation that comes from experience, and how to look out for each other.
VP, Marketing at P&P Optica
Growth Coach and Mentor, Startups and Scale-ups at Communitech
Sessional Instructor at Conestoga College
Board Chair at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Heather’s one of the most experienced marketers in the region, and I’m grateful to her for finding time in her packed schedule to meet with me. We met a few years ago, but recording this episode was the first time we’d had a long one-on-one chat about technology marketing—and boy, did we ever cover a lot of topics!
Special Guest Host: Matthew Trushinski
After a diverse career in tech spanning almost two decades, Lee started Cromulent Marketing to help (primarily, but not exclusively) B2B tech companies reach their potential. In this chat, he talks about the KW tech marketing scene, the risks to marketers when our companies don’t grow, why something as crucial as sales enablement is so often overlooked or ignored, and some steps we can all take to get better and help each other.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jacqui is easily one of the faces of the Waterloo Region’s vibrant technology scene, owing to her extensive work in venture capital, her long-time support and involvement with Communitech, and the genuine long-lasting relationships she’s forged.
It’s difficult for me to convey just how much I loved this convo…it was the pure essence of what I hope to do with this Crommunity podcast: an easy, free-flowing conversation that explores interesting and important topics (including community, the Canadian technology scene, building relationships, supporting each other, the ‘dark side’ of high-stress jobs, mental health…), without agenda (either in the structural sense or in the ‘mission’ or ‘objective’ sense).
Matt and I originally got together for a Q&A-style interview, which I intended to record and subsequently type up into a blog post, but a few minutes in we just decided on-the-fly to turn it into a podcast.
In our meandering chat, we touch on a number of subjects, including the unusual path that brought Matt into marketing, the importance of solution and use case messaging, and anticipating buying barriers.