Hilary Shirazi may have had a more traditional path to corporate development, but it wasn’t what she had planned. On this episode we learn more about Hilary’s various roles in corporate development from being an early member of LinkedIn's Corporate Development team and working through the Microsoft acquisition to her role at Zendesk today. We uncover more on how she thinks about building relationships, how corporate development differs at Zendesk, and advice for entrepreneurs looking to get acquired.
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Hilary Shirazi is Director of Corporate Development at Zendesk. Previously, she held senior roles at LinkedIn and InVision after years of growth investing at Spectrum Equity in internet and software companies such as Grubhub and Lynda.com. She is also an active angel investor and was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work in education technology.
Zendesk is a service-first CRM company that builds support, sales, and customer engagement software designed to foster better customer relationships. From large enterprises to start-ups, we believe that powerful, innovative customer experience should be within reach for every company, no matter the size, industry or ambition. Zendesk serves more than 150,000 customers across hundreds of industries in over 30 languages. Zendesk is headquartered in San Francisco, and operates offices worldwide.
This episode was recorded on September 11, 2020.