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Kaseya CEO On Finalized Datto Deal: Our Job Is To Make Sure We ‘Build The Best Freaking Platform For Our Customers’
Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola talks to CRN about the changes ahead, including the news that Datto’s CEO Tim Weller will be ‘moving on’ and Rob Rae and Ryan Weeks will be staying. ‘Rob‘s awesome. … I tried to hire Rob for the last six years, so we got Rob finally. It took us buying Datto to get Rob Rae to be an employee,’ Voccola says.
This is Kaseya’s 15th ConnectIT conference and you’ve been with the company for seven years. What has been your favorite part throughout your time? What stands out when you look back?
Having the team and the vision come together and continue to come together. It’s not done, it’s not finished and it probably never will be. It’s like playing sports in high school. The coolest part about sports in high school, not university, is it’s all the guys I grew up with. It’s the guys I knew when we were little kids and we’re playing American football. Sometimes you’re getting your [beat], but you’re with the people that you went to kindergarten with. You’re on the same team and you’re building to something.
We started on our journey seven years ago and had some wins and some losses—hopefully we had more wins than losses—but we’re accomplishing something together as a group, and that’s a unique thing. I get pleasure out of it in business. Whether it’s five people or 11 people in a company or our 4,500 people, we’re doing something together and it’s people that might never come together in life. We’re all on the same team with a similar goal.
Seven years is a long time. A lot of people have grown up professionally, and I’m seeing people mature and grow up professionally doing things now they didn’t dream they would ever have the opportunity or capability to do five, six, seven years ago. We’ve promoted hundreds and hundreds of people. We’ve created hundreds of millionaires. People who started as interns are now running 200- to 300-person organizations. It’s a group of people with a common goal, let’s go get it.
Where do you predict Kaseya will be 15 years from now?
It’ll be one of the top four most valuable software companies on the planet. Everything SMB and software will be provided by Kaseya, period. IT Complete will be as ubiquitous to SMBs as Microsoft Office is to professional workers.