According to cofounderdynamics.com, "Companies with multiple cofounders outperform solo founders by 163%. But 65% of startups fail due to cofounder conflicts." The cofounder relationship is incredibly important to get right and is equally important to maintain. We have two co-founders willing to get personal and vulnerable about their experience building trust, losing it, falling apart, and then coming back together again. You do not want to miss this panel!
Founder Conflict, Leadership, and Mental Health: A Love Story
Eric runs a technology company, but his priority isn’t tech—it’s people. Inside TaskRay, he is committed to creating a culture where employees have the freedom they need to live full, messy, complicated lives while feeling valued and worthy as team members. Those values ripple outward, positively impacting customers who use TaskRay by helping them elevate and focus on the uniquely human elements of their business.
An engineer by training, Eric combines his talent for pattern recognition with deep emotional intuition to spot and resolve confusion early on, helping him build trusted relationships with employees, customers, and partners.
With his leadership experience in software, data storage, and cybersecurity, Eric has contributed to the success of Fortune 500 companies and brand new start-ups alike. From delivering the first consumer-branded product at Seagate to heading Product at the VC-backed startup Fuser (where he secured 17 patents), Eric’s industry experience has shaped his understanding of what it takes to build a successful company that supports meaningful growth.
In the ten years since founding TaskRay, he and his partners have grown a bootstrapped startup into a multi-million-dollar enterprise with over thirty employees. In growing the company, Eric has learned that the courage to lead comes from a willingness to be truly seen. To him, leadership is about serving and bringing unconditional love to those who choose to follow you.
Work, like life, should be a beautiful experience. This philosophy—along with a visionary business partner—is what inspired Blakely to co-found TaskRay. She got a taste of just how meaningful technology could be in 2002 when she led her first enterprise Salesforce implementation and is still riding that wave 20 years later.
As a consultant, product manager, marketer, and entrepreneur, Blakely has a keen sense of brand-focused storytelling, supported and informed by her commitment to rigorous data analysis. This talent has contributed to the growth trajectory of global companies and industries—from Starbucks to renewable energy to private equity.
Blakely’s leadership style is influenced by a solo sabbatical in Paris, a journey that gave her fresh insight and perspective into the complex relationship between work and life. That experience sparked a desire for meaning and purpose that she built into TaskRay’s culture. She wants to give everyone the opportunity to control their destiny and grow into passionate, empathetic leaders. She has found that creating beautiful experiences at work—for customers and employees—requires deep awareness and care for everyone involved.
To Blakely, work shouldn’t be life, but it should support and empower people to build meaningful lives. In support of that aim, she and the team have grown TaskRay from a bootstrapped startup into a thriving, multi-million-dollar customer success platform serving the Salesforce ecosystem.