Huffington Post, 3/16/15
Ellen Rubin is CEO & Cofounder of ClearSky Data, which is in stealth mode, and is funded by General Catalyst and Highland Capital Partners.Her experience has been focused on enterprise infrastructure, with expertise in the cloud computing, business intelligence, data warehousing, and data center markets.She has built companies from concept stage through multiple rounds of funding and growth, with successful outcomes through IPO (Netezza) and acquisition (CloudSwitch, acquired by Verizon).
Ellen began her career as a marketing strategy consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College. She speaks regularly at industry events and has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in the Cloud by CloudNOW, as a Woman to Watch by Mass High Tech and Rising Star Entrepreneur by the New England Venture Capital Association.
Q: What does entrepreneurship mean to you, and what makes for a successful entrepreneur?
ER: Entrepreneurship is about creating something that gets customers so excited that they just want to tell everyone they know about it. If you can get that right as an entrepreneur, everything else follows. But beyond generating that initial enthusiasm, entrepreneurs need to be ready to wage a long, intensive battle to turn ideas into reality, so that even the most cynical or skeptical people believe in the vision. Enterprise IT guys, for example, have heard every claim out there. When you can get those kinds of customers energized about what you're building, that's a good indicator of future success.