Shawn Finder, CEO of Autoklose | Technology That 10x’s Your Sales Team’s Effectiveness

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About The Guest

Shawn Finder was always an entrepreneur at heart. At age 24, he stepped into the entrepreneurial world and never looked back. He started out importing packaging from the Orient and selling it to top retailers in North America. However, as selling was his passion, Shawn founded a list-building company ExchangeLeads in 2013, in order to help salespeople build quality lists for reaching out to new prospects.

In early 2018, Shawn parlayed ExchangeLeads into his second startup called Autoklose, which is a new, revolutionary sales automation platform used by thousands of sales professionals around the world to help them save both their time and money. He scaled Autoklose to 50+ people and sold it to Vanillasoft a Soft in 2020.

Talking Points

  • 00:00 — Shawn’s Story.
  • 4:47 — Pivoting from working in a company, to entrepreneurship.
  • 7:22 — How to bootstrap a startup.
  • 11:27 — How to pivot successfully.
  • 18:12 — How to scale a startup.
  • 24:17 — How to sell in 2021.
  • 29:29 — Can tech replace a sales team?
  • 40:11 — Lessons learned from exiting a company.

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What is the Success Story Podcast?

On this podcast, you’ll find interviews, Q&A, keynote presentations & conversations on sales, marketing, business, startups and entrepreneurship.

The podcast is hosted by entrepreneur, business executive, author, educator & speaker, Scott D. Clary.

Scott will discuss some of the lessons he’s learned over his own career, as well as have candid interviews with execs, celebrities, notable figures and politicians. All who have achieved success through both wins and losses, to learn more about their life, their ideas and insights.

He sits down with leaders and mentors and unpacks their story to help pass those lessons onto others through both experiences and tactical strategy for business professionals, entrepreneurs and everyone in between.








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