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August 20, 2018

The VentureFizz Podcast: Mike Volpe - CEO at Lola.com

For this episode of The VentureFizz Podcast, I interviewed Mike Volpe, who is the CEO at Lola.com.

I’m excited, as this is Part 2 of our special podcast mini-series where I interviewed two Boston tech legends. The first being Paul English, who is best known as the Co-Founder & CTO of KAYAK. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, make sure you do. There’s so much great info in there.

But today’s interview features Mike Volpe, who as most of you already know, was the Chief Marketing Officer and an early employee at HubSpot. And, he was recently the CMO of Cybereason.

So, why is this a podcast mini-series? Well, they are both together now at Lola.com, a disruptive online travel service which is focused on serving the needs of business travelers.

They recently announced the addition of Mike as the company’s CEO, and Paul moved to the role of CTO. I went over to their offices to interview both of them shortly after the announcement was made to bring you these exclusive interviews for our podcast.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Mike’s background, and his family’s history of success in the tech industry
  • The story of HubSpot; we talk a lot about its early days, how they built a world-class culture, experimental marketing, and what it was like going public
  • His current role as CEO of Lola.com, and the future outlook of the company
  • His thoughts on the Boston tech and angel investment scene
  • Plus, a lot more

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Yesware, an inbox productivity platform that transforms the way you send emails. With features such as campaigns, email tracking, and templates, Yesware removes barriers to productivity and empowers teams to make smarter decisions, faster.

Here’s some fun facts about Yesware... they are Boston born-and-bred, with a downtown office that has a nap room, yoga studio, and even their own Irish pub... they have an award-winning product and culture, and have been recognized as a Boston Globe Top Place to Work... they are proud to have reached a 50/50 gender ratio across their team as of this summer.... and they also just raised $15M in additional funding!

The company has big plans to put those resources into further developing their product and people, so as you might have guessed, they're hiring! Be sure to check out yesware.com/company for more info on their culture and job openings.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.

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