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N-Able CEO Pagliuca: This Isn’t ‘Your Grandad’s N-able. This Is N-able 2.0’

Joseph F. Kovar

‘The common thread is a focus on partnership. That’s what we built our reputation on a couple of decades ago. And that’s what we continue to build our reputation on. That’s why we went back to the N-able name,’ says N-able CEO John Pagliuca following the company’s IPO.

 First of all, what happened to the gavel?
They gave me a challenge. They said only one person before broke the gavel. So I took that as a little bit of a challenge and had a little bit of enthusiasm. We’re breaking into a new chapter of our business. So we’re pretty excited. It was the adrenaline going.

That was the gavel that hits the bell, right?

Yes. So, when a company begins its first trade, right when you hit your first trade, they hand the gavel over to the CEO to ring the bell to mark the first trade. And the trader said, ‘Go at it. This is your time.’ I said, ‘This is all of our time.’ There are 1,300 employees at N-able. So I channeled the energy of all 1,300 people. And I guess we put a dent in that thing.

 

Why IPO now?
A little bit over a year ago, myself, my executive team, my leadership team, and the leadership team from SolarWinds got together and put forth this plan. This was more of a culmination of that work for this transaction. … What we believed then, what I believe today, is that by giving a little bit more focus on each of the businesses, the SolarWinds business and the N-able business, we can deliver better results and produce more for our MSP partners. We can also provide more of an opportunity of growth for our employees and our team. And if you do that right, if you put more focus on your partners, a little bit more of a focus on your employees, then good things happen for the business. And that results in a better focus for the investor base and the company overall. So I’‘s really all about focusing on the priorities. When you’re part of a bigger company, you need to share the priorities, just like being part of a large family or a larger organization.

 

 

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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