The Purpose of a Company | Clint Oram from Sugar CRM

In his youth, Clint Oram shadowed his father as he built an early computer company that offered communication solutions before there was email. “I was standing at his knee looking up starry eyed at this awesome entrepreneur making it happen,” Clint says.

On this edition of Founders Journey, Clint shares the important lessons he learned from his father—and the many lessons he learned with his own company, SugarCRM, including how to build the right team, and why you should embrace change.

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Clint helped found SugarCRM in 2004 with the goal of enabling companies around the world to turn their customers into loyal fans. Today, he leads strategy and acquisitions for the company. Clint was one of the original architects and developers of the Sugar application and has focused on building out the product, company, partners and community in a variety of executive roles.

Prior to co-founding SugarCRM, Clint held senior roles in the development, professional services and product management organizations at Epiphany, Octane Software and Hewlett Packard. He has 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry and over 15 years designing and building award-winning CRM software solutions.

Clint holds a BS in computer science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is the co-author of multiple CRM software patents. Clint enjoys traveling and speaking at conferences on a variety of customer experience and entrepreneurship topics, and has visited SugarCRM customers and partners in over 25 countries.




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