For 20+ years, I have been in the technology sector, starting several companies along the way including Peak Sales Recruiting, Ventrada (wireless software), and GlobalX (Web content management software, acquired by OnX.com)
My passions include living a rich life with my family, building business, exercising and playing sports, reading, meditating, adventures, sales and marketing and eating my wife’s amazing vegan cooking.
In 2003 I was a Top 40 Under 40 award winner and have been featured or interviewed in the following: CNN, ROB-TV, The Globe and Mail, Selling Crossing, Salesopedia, the Ottawa Citizen, and the OBJ.
Mentors: I have been really lucky to have strong people around me my whole life. From as far back as I can remember, my parents taught me humility, respect, compassion, integrity, self-reliance, how to enjoy the good times, how to battle through the tough times and the value of courage. My brother JP, who I have often called my younger, more mature brother, taught me too many things to count and I am eternally grateful. I learned how to sell from Dan Kuzell who took me under his wing when I was in my twenties and knew nothing about sales. Peter Reid, one of the founders of Fulcrum, was the Chairman of my first two start-ups and taught me how to be a professional manager. My business partner, Brent Thomson, is a warrior, a general, a coach, an entrepreneur, an incredible sales person and a good friend to boot. And last, but certainly not least, my wife, Chay is a rock and simply inspires me and completes me – she is a great friend.
Favorite authors (fiction): Jack London, Ayn Rand, Christopher Buckley, John Steinbeck, Paulo Coelho, Ernest Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, and Arthur C Clarke
Favorite authors (non fiction): Peter Drucker, Dan Kennedy, Guy Kawasaki, Jim Collins, Sun Tzu, Napolean Hill, Earl Nightingale, David Sandler, Mark Steyn, George Jonas, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, Lama Surya Das… too many to list.
Favorite movies (in no particular order): One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Snatch, Fight Club, Hunt for Red October, Bladerunner, Office Space, Pandorum, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Zoolander.
Favorite TV Shows: Mantracker, Survivorman, Departures, Entourage, Fawlty Towers, Arrested Development, the Big Idea.
If you looked on my iPod, you would find: a million songs Soundgarden, Van Morrison, Simon and Garfunkle, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Stereophonics, Incubus, the Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, the Vines, Gomez, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stoneage, Janes Addiction, White Zombie, Chemical Brothers, Zero7, Thievery Corporation, Dimitri from Paris, MC Solaar, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis (all phases), John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Tom Waits (very early), Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, I could go on and on.
My political views: less government is usually better.
If there is something you want me to write about or just want to say hi, I would love to hear from you so either leave me a message below or drop me a line at eb AT eliotburdett.com. Namaste!