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Arnulf Hsu

Arnulf Hsu

CTO at Salesdirector.ai

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22 Years



Management Experience

Agile / Scrum
Scaling Team
Product Team

Hello I’m Arnulf Hsu, currently CTO at Salesdirector.ai Arnulf is a serial entrepreneur and has been leading and running B2B enterprise software companies for the last 20 plus years, as CEO, CTO, Product Leader and Board Member. He has a unique consistent ability to evaluate business problems or customer pain and translate that into solutions customers love. He sits at the intersection of business, product and technology. His experience spans early-stage start-ups to acquisition, having sold 3 companies, including a product data business to NASDAQ:CNET in 2002, and most recently a leading SaaS Collaboration company Central Desktop to NYSE:PGI in 2014. Arnulf has run teams as small as 1 all the way up to 100+ and knows the different challenges and stages of scaling a business and a team. He is also an active advisor to early stage technology companies.

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  August 25, 2020
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Lessons From Setting Up an Insource Operations Offshore
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Arnulf Hsu talks about his experience of setting up an offshore operation and the lessons he has learned.

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Arnulf Hsu

Arnulf Hsu

CTO at Salesdirector.ai


CTO, Board Member and Co-Founder


Jan 2017 - current

Most advanced AI based Sales Forecasting and Sales Coaching Platform for Enterprise Sales Teams

CTO - Central Desktop, a PGi Company


Oct 2014 - Nov 2016

CTO, Board Member & Co-Founder

Central Desktop Inc. (acquired by NYSE:PGi)

Jun 2005 - Oct 2014

Built initial SaaS project collaboration platform from the ground up. Grew the company from 2 founders to over 100 employees. Over the years raised $10MM+ in venture rounds. Led Product, Engineering, Design and Company Strategy. Migrated the company from a horizontal self service business to a more vertically focused enterprise sale over several years. http://www.centraldesktop.com Exited company to PGi (NYSE: PGI)

CEO & Founder

OnlyWire (acquired)

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006

Social Bookmarking and SEO Platform, used by hundreds of thousands of marketing professionals every day. Built initial platform from the ground up. https://www.onlywire.com/

Director of Product Development

CNET Networks

May 2002 - Jun 2005

Ran Global Product Management for CNET Content Solutions. Worked with hundreds of major e-commerce partners including CDW, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Ingram Micro, Insight, Microsoft, OfficeMax, PC World Business, and Tech Data.

President & Founder

Vendorbase.com (acquired by Tradeloop)

Jan 2000 - Jan 2002

Built Leading Member and Subscription based B2B Marketplace for IT & Telecom Buyers & Sellers. Oversaw company direction, engineering and product development efforts. http://vendorbase.com/ Exited to Tradeloop

Chairman, President and CEO

Upgradebase (acquired by NASDAQ: CNET)

Jun 1998 - May 2002

Original Founder of Upgradebase, provider of rich product content and content management solutions. The venture backed company offered solutions that power e-commerce, information portals, configuration engines, and marketplaces, some of our customers included Dell, Ingram Micro, Staples, CDW, etc… Grew business from one to over 80 employees with offices in Orange County, Pakistan and India. http://upgradebase.com/ Exited to CNET (NASDAQ: CNET) (Now CBS Interactive)


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