Dharmesh Shah

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If for some reason, you're simply curious about my personal background and what I've done, feel free to read on.

I am a software entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CTO of HubSpot, a software company that offers a full CRM platform with marketing/sales/service/CMS software. HubSpot was started on June 9, 2006 and is now a publicly-traded company (NYSE: HUBS). It employs 3,500+ people and a market capitalization of $12 billion.

Deep down inside, I'm a technology guy (more specifically, a software development guy). I've built and shipped about ten commercial software products across my various startups. I still write code as it keeps me in touch with reality and makes me a better entrepreneur. Plus, I enjoy it.

My most recent weekend dev project is WordPlay - The Wordle Practice Game. (If you like Wordle, you'll probably like WordPlay).

Prior to founding HubSpot, I founded Pyramid Digital Solutions, an enterprise software company in the financial services sector. Bootstrapped with less than $10,000 in capital, Pyramid went on to demonstrate exceptional growth and was a three-time recipient of the Inc. 500 award. If you don't already know what the Inc. 500 is, reading up on it will not likely impress you, so don't worry about it. After acting as CEO and chief software architect for the company from 1994-2005, I helped the company get acquired in August 2005 by SunGard Business Systems, a large $11 billion technology company.

Since the sale of Pyramid, I have been an active member of the entrepreneurial community in the Boston area and have made several angel investments in early-stage technology companies. I am also a current member of CommonAngels, a well-known angel investment group in the greater Boston area.

I recently graduated from MIT with an M.S. degree as part of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. As part of my graduate work, I wrote a thesis focused on software startups. I also have a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB).

I'm currently working on a new HubSpot project, the HubSpot Network.