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March 5, 2018

The Colossal Spider Web of Constant Contact Alumni

Constant Contact is one of the leading email marketing companies. They provide small-and-medium sized business the tools to create compelling campaigns for their customers. 

The company was founded in 1995 by Randy Parker as Roving Software and worked out of a “cramped attic in Brookline” and Gail Goodman joined as its CEO in 1999. In 2004, they underwent a complete rebranding under their present name and went public in 2007. And then, in 2015, Endurance International Group acquired Constant Contact for approximately $1.1 billion.

What makes the success of Constant Contact remarkable is the fact that they were an early SaaS company with a focus on working with SMBs, which translated into a high volume, but low dollar business. This was at a time when VC's wouldn't typically back a company with this type of business model.  

Many of its alumni have either gone on to be a founder or are in a leadership role for a company in the Boston tech scene. Below is a slideshow with over 50 of them. Please note, we kept the list to people who are still based in the local area as some alumni are now located in NYC or other areas like Ken Surdan (CPO at Diligent Corporation), David Wachtendonk (VP Product at Signpost), Aaron Severs (Founder & CTO / Head of Product at Frederick), Steve Oriola (Executive in Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners), and Josh Todd (CMO at MINDBODY).  

Also, Constant Contact / Endurance International Group is hiring! Check out its BIZZpage for all of the company’s openings!


Colin Barry is a Staff Writer & Editor at VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter @ColinKrash

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