After an 8 month hiatus, I have rejoined Marketo. Truthfully, I found myself using the sentence “At Marketo we _________ and it worked great!” way too many times. I know I missed alot of things about Marketo and am really surprised 2010 worked out this way. It feels weird, like a High School reunion with people you recognize but you are both older. My time at Adchemy was extremely fruitful and I gave them great stuff, but the fit was never quite right.
I rejoined Marketo last week and was greeted so warmly it made me blush. There are alot of faces I don’t recognize, but they knew about me. I felt very proud and vulnerable at the same time. It’s very exciting and new, yet with that familiarity and nostalgia there as well. I don’t think I have experienced something like this before.
The challenges are new too. Of course the product I originally designed (Lead Management) has alot of improvements in the backlog, but additionally, there are new hills to climb like Revenue Cycle Analytics and [Project: Awesome!]. Sorry, secret code name for super secret awesomeness.
That’s the thing about Marketo and its CEO Phil; the ideas are really, really good. Phil has a great vision of the future where Marketing is fundamentally different and better than it is today. He has a way of pushing my brain to think about really interesting problems. More than anything else, this is what drew me back. I feel inspired when I am here.
I don’t know what the future holds, but all I can ask is that my sequel with Marketo is as good as the original. I am aiming for Godfather II rather than Grease 2. But not Godfather III, that was a disaster. Rocky II wasn’t that good, but Rocky III was awesome! Anyway, I am off track. I am back at Marketo and so far, it feels really good.