Colleague spotlight: Topher Barrow
Meet Topher Barrow, Product Marketing Manager for the ConnectWise Platform team. Topher has been a vital part of the ConnectWise team for over 8 years. We explored how he got started in the software industry, his view on technology’s role in making the world a better place, and what it’s like being a ConnectWise colleague.
Getting started in tech…
What did you do before the job you have now?
I was attending Florida State University pursuing my degree in Marketing and working full-time at CenturyLink Telecommunications on their sales team.
How did you get started in the software/technology industry?
While working for CenturyLink, I knew I wanted to move to the Tampa area after graduation and find a place to start my career. My brother told me about an awesome software company where his friend worked. That company turned out to be ConnectWise. Just before I graduated, my brother handed off my resume. A few days later, I was called for a phone interview, and I did horribly. It was an interesting process, and I almost didn’t get called back, but here I am eight years later.
What inspires you about technology?
Technology can single-handedly improve the lives of those it touches. Pair technology with data, and you get something special that can impact the individual, society, and even the globe. I like to think that technology allows us to have a more fulfilling future while also reducing our impact on the Earth.
Being a ConnectWise colleague…
What’s something about your job that makes you feel accomplished?
The most satisfying part of my job is the ability to help others. This includes colleagues, partners, and even prospects. I have the privilege of being able to work with, and influence, their success.
What’s a project or accomplishment you’re proud of?
For the last year, I’ve been working on implementing a new sales methodology in ConnectWise, and it’s been going extremely well. I’ve been able to use the knowledge I acquired in my other positions to educate and empower the sales and marketing colleagues with useful information to become more successful in their roles. We’ve gone through tons of market research, two pilot groups, and worked with marketing to develop assets around this methodology. The growth of both the sales and marketing teams have really impressed me.
What’s something you want people to know about ConnectWise?
It’s more than just software! ConnectWise has many additional resources to help partners be successful. I’ve seen organizations who are two years into their journey use these assets and outperform similar companies who have been in business for ten or more years. That really speaks volumes about these resources.
And now for some fun!
If you could have any superpower for 24 hours, what would it be and why?
Teleportation. It’s way better than flying, and so much faster!
What’s a country you’d like to visit and why?
Egypt. Since childhood, seeing the pyramids and Sphinx has always been a dream of mine. The mystery and intrigue around these wonders baffles me, and I want to know more.
What’s the bucket-list item you’re most looking forward to?
Traveling to Barrow Point, Alaska. I have always been an adventurer. Since taking up mountain climbing after I started at ConnectWise, I can’t get enough of the outdoors. Why Barrow Point? Well, it’s the most northern US territory, and it would be an amazing experience to dip a finger or toe into the southern Arctic Ocean.
Now, a question for you—Are you ready to harness your passion and create a prosperous career in technology? Get to know more about ConnectWise and explore the available opportunities in the career center.