Keynote: 5,460 Miles from Silicon Valley
The story about how Damgaard and Navision grew from a good idea to a billion-dollar company with over 2,000 resellers serving over 100,000 customers across 30 countries is truly inspirational.
It all happened over the course of 18 years and during a time when the environment underwent extreme disruption.
The story covers all business growth aspects, from domestic presence to global leadership. Challenges associated with organisational growth, handling team conflicts, developing and motivating channel partners and mitigating conflicts among them, performing product management, entering foreign markets, making joint ventures with large corporations, navigating a rapidly changing environment, issuing an initial public offering (IPO), merging with your competitor, and being acquired by Microsoft.
Based on my book of the same name, I can tailor my keynote to highlight almost any issue associated with managing international growth in the software industry.