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Marc Rowen

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CEO & Founder at SquadFusion, Inc.. Previously Principal Product Strategist, Accela, Inc..

CEO & Founder at SquadFusion, Inc.. Previously Principal Product Strategist, Accela, Inc..

3 vouches

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CEO SquadFusion, Inc. December 2014 - present
Principal Product Strategist Accela, Inc. January 2014 - September 2014
Group Development Manager Oracle 2010 - 2013
Senior Development Manager Oracle 2006 - 2010
Development Manager Oracle 2001 - 2006
Director of Product Management Agilera (Applicast) 1999 - 2001
Product Strategy and Development PeopleSoft 1991 - 1999
Consultant Andersen Consulting 1988 - 1990


Swarthmore College Economics
Redwood High School

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Investor relationships
  • • Funding and scaling growth
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Sports

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

CRM • Saas • Software development • Enterprise software • Product management

Key Accomplishments

I have worn many hats in software planning and development, as part of small and large teams, projects, and companies. My recent roles have focused on creating the vision and high level plans to launch new product lines. Although many of my recent jobs were technically leading engineering teams, I crossed engineering, product management, and user experience functions. Not many people have equal passion for (or expertise in) each of these areas, but I have found effectively integrating them early and through the entire software creation process leads to better products, developed faster, with less risk.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm flexible in terms of working with anyone. Everyone has different styles, and there's so much to do that it doesn't make sense to dictate a certain way of working. I'm comfortable where most tasks are done with close collaboration, and also where everyone works independently most of the time. However, trust and accountability are key. So, when everyone mostly works on their own, I like to make sure we carve out time to talk in real time about progress, big issues, what should change, etc. Because there's always more to do than time to do it, I also like to make sure everyone agrees about big picture goals, and how what we do supports them.

As an Advisor

I ask "why" often, especially around product direction. I work with people I advise to appropriately frame the tradeoffs of their big decisions. For the advice part of being an advisor, I believe advisors add a lot of value by making sure advisees address matters intentionally, and helping them decipher which aspects matter most. If advisees can clearly state the reasons one choice makes more sense than other alternatives, I trust their judgment. I might start with a different opinion, but they likely have more customer and market knowledge than I for the issues we address.

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Gopi Mattel
We worked together  •  CEO, CellarStone, Inc. Previously CTO, CompXchange.
Marc has the experience and interest to be a great Entrepreneur.

Andrea Bloom
They're my advisor  •  Founder & CEO, ConnectWell. Previously Principal, Diabetes Insights. Harvard Business School grad. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Marc approaches product design with a lens on the customer experience of all of the constituents that use the product. This creates a robust ... customer experience that ensures satisfaction across all users. His vast experience in software enables him to contribute at this level.

Gopi Mattel
CEO, CellarStone, Inc. Previously CTO, CompXchange.
Gopi not only runs his own successful company, but actively mentors other entrepreneurs. Gopi is passionate about improving the startup ecos ... ystem. He is a great connector.