HuffPost News, November 11th, 2017
Ellen Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, an enterprise storage company. She is an experienced entrepreneur with a record in leading strategy, market positioning and go-to-market efforts for fast-growing companies. Most recently, she was co-founder of CloudSwitch, a cloud enablement software company, acquired by Verizon in 2011. Prior to founding CloudSwitch, Ellen was the vice president of marketing at Netezza, where as a member of the early management team, she helped grow the company to more than $130 million in revenues and a successful IPO in 2007. Ellen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.
How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?
I’ve made a lot of sharp left turns in my career. Working in consulting, then moving to a startup in analytics then cloud and now storage, I have a broad background. The most important thing that has taught me is to be adaptive. When I started a company in Tel Aviv, I discovered there are so many things you have to figure out on the fly working in another country, like how to understand cultural differences between technical and sales teams in two different places. There was one prominent message throughout each of these experiences: Being a successful leader is all about trying new things, while also learning how to iterate over and over again.