DECK 7 Interviews Sangram Vajre, Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist at Terminus

DECK 7 | January 13, 2020

DECK 7 is proud to present an exciting interview with the Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist at Terminus, Sangram Vajre. He is an author, keynote speaker, 3x CMO, host of the daily #FlipMyFunnel podcast, entrepreneur and category maker. Sangram has been a driving force behind the success of Terminus and building the ABM subcategory of marketing technology. Before co-founding Terminus, Sangram was Head of Marketing at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. A contributing columnist for Inc., he wrote the book, "Account-Based Marketing For Dummies" and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel, a B2B podcast series that has now over 500 episodes and continues to rate in the top 50 business podcasts.

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8x8 and Ingram Micro Cloud Expand Distribution Partnership with New Resale Go-To-Market Strategy

8x8 Inc. | May 20, 2022

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Exasol | February 04, 2022

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Snowflake | June 03, 2022

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