3 execs responsible for products and partners on #FollowFriday

Every Friday we like to recommend a few people that we’re following on Twitter as we go about telling the stories that matter when it comes to technology’s impact on the way business is done.


This week we got a chance to talk to some executives that are responsible for partnerships and product development at their businesses. We thought they were fascinating to speak with and lucky for you, they all keep active Twitter accounts. If you’re responsible for partnerships or product yourself, these folks are a must-follow.

A star in Canada’s startup scene, Daniel Debow joined Salesforce.com when the San Francisco-based cloud CRM firm acquired his Toronto-based human capital management software firm Rypple. Now as a senior vice-president at Salesforce, Debow has been representing Work.com. But more recently he’s taken on the Salesforce Wearables portfolio and has been the point person for promoting the firm’s alliances with wearable technology makers and developers. Follow him on Twitter to tune into the latest wearable tech news (much of it coming from Canadian firms) and learn about how Saleforce’s efforts to bring wearables to the business space are evolving.


Hootsuite has been on a hot streak of announcing acquisitions, partnerships, and support for all sorts of third-party plugins in recent months. Perhaps worthy of much of the credit for that stream of news-making announcements is Greg Gunn, the vice-president of business development at the Vancouver-based social media dashboard firm. Gunn has also written about, and frequently been featured in industry conferences and media as an expert on using Facebook for communicating with a consumer audience. Follow him on Twitter to keep up to date on what Hootsuite is doing, and for the odd beard grooming tip.

John Kim is the chief product officer at Expedia, and was busy this past week introducing the travel data platform’s new website and tablet app publicly. We spoke with Kim in a Hangouts on Air session, comparing smart watches and hearing about how Expedia’s tracking of customer behaviour led to the recent product updates it announced. Under his portfolio includes the management of Expedia’s supplier and partner systems and tools. Follow his Twitter stream for photos from Kim’s travels, updates to Expedia’s business, and other great insights from the technology world.

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Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

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