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DattoCon’s final morning began with a keynote presentation by McChord (pictured) on what he’s been up to since giving up the CEO’s office. And what he’s been up to, in his own words, is bringing the fantasies of a “nerdy 12-year-old” to life.
For example, McChord has converted a four-story building he bought in downtown Norwalk, Conn., into a “mad scientist lab” equipped with a massive maker’s workshop, which he uses to build competitive battle robots.
When he’s feeling just a little more grown up, McChord’s also working at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that played a formative role in Datto’s success. One of the first companies he advised the firm to invest in, as it happens, is Vade Secure, the email security vendor whose software Datto now offers as an add-on to its own SaaS Protection cloud-to-cloud backup product.
McChord remains a frequent and pointed source of input about Datto’s products as well. But does he miss leading the company? Absolutely not.
“When you’re the CEO of Datto, you’re responsible for 1,600 people,” he says. “Thinking about that all the time is how you lose all your hair.” Besides, he adds, Weller and company have the company on the right trajectory.
“That’s amazing, and the most humbling and intense thing ever,” McChord says. “Not only did you create the company, not only did you run it, but when you left it you left it in a position where it continues to be successful.”
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