Early in March, I was let go from Acronis software. Probably for the best because I got hired to build their Channel Program but the company had so much channel sales conflict I wanted to puke. I fought the good fight despite the company selling their product direct. Being out of a job is not very fun. Especially for a guy who has been working in some aspect since he was 15 yrs old. I kept myself busy redesigning some of my other sites, working with some companies on a project basis and most importantly, I got to spend a lot of quality time with my new boy.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next. Thankfully between savings and a little money coming in from other places, we didn’t become homeless in the process of me finding a new job. I looked far and wide. The economy sucks and I knew that finding a place to work was going to be difficult. The unemployment rate just kept going up and with that, my chances of standing out from the crowd was getting slimmer and slimmer.
Then came along Paragon Software. The company has a global presence in disaster recovery and disk maintenance. The great part about the company is the technologies are very similar to the company I previously worked for.
Paragon Software Group has been providing cost effective solutions for hard drive management, storage management and data protection since its inception. Known internationally for its innovative Partition Manager provides proven, full featured solutions for storage lifecycle management. Paragon enables midrange enterprises to effectively and efficiently manage, deploy and protect server and desktop storage resources.
I am driving the company’s Channel Business Development as well as working with the development team and marketing groups as a Product Manager. I will be using most of the same sales skills I have been using for a long time and I will be building on them by participating in the overall product strategies, industry research, analysis, requirements, and software development for new and emerging products.
I am excited for this position, not just because I was out of work but because this is a great place for me to actually use the information I have collected over the years. The company here in the US is small enough that I won’t have to deal with a bunch of legacy BS that typically does nothing more than cause distractions and create roadblocks in a company.