The Orbit Shift Podcast

S01E05: Being Unapologetically Ambitious with Shellye Archambeau

October 06, 2020 Freshworks Inc. Season 1 Episode 5
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S01E05: Being Unapologetically Ambitious with Shellye Archambeau
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The Orbit Shift Podcast
S01E05: Being Unapologetically Ambitious with Shellye Archambeau
Oct 06, 2020 Season 1 Episode 5
Freshworks Inc.

Continuing our series of talks from our recently concluded AgainstAllOdds startup summit we have with us, Shellye Archambeau. In this episode, Shellye talks to Preethy Padmanabhan of Freshworks, on her journey to become one of Silicon Valley’s first female African American CEOs and recounts how she transformed MetricStream from being a Silicon Valley ‘problem child’ to a sustainable multi-million dollar business. She talks about how founders can balance short-term interests and long-term desire to build sustainable companies, how they can bring in more diversity and inclusivity to their businesses, and what the business can gain from this, the dangers of falling in love with your product, and much more.  

About the Guest

Shellye Archambeau is one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs. Formerly an executive at IBM and CMO at two public companies, Archambeau was recruited to be the CEO of a then-struggling Silicon Valley startup, which is now MetricStream, a recognized global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software solutions. She currently serves as a Fortune 500 board member and holds board seats at Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. Her debut book, Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms will be launched on October 6, 2020, with Grand Central Publishing.

Preethy Padmanabhan is the Head of Platform Product Marketing at Freshworks. Prior to joining Freshworks, Preethy was the VP of Marketing at Panzura. She is also an angel investment partner with SV2, Portfolia, and a Board Member for CortexBCI. She served in various non-profit boards focused on economic empowerment, women, children, and education. She also held positions in marketing, sales, and engineering across Nutanix, Dell, and Cisco. 

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Shellye Archambeau Official Website


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The Orbit Shift Podcast is Powered by Freshworks Inc. a global SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo, California. 


Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK
Assistant Producer - Shashwath J
Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian  


Show Notes

Continuing our series of talks from our recently concluded AgainstAllOdds startup summit we have with us, Shellye Archambeau. In this episode, Shellye talks to Preethy Padmanabhan of Freshworks, on her journey to become one of Silicon Valley’s first female African American CEOs and recounts how she transformed MetricStream from being a Silicon Valley ‘problem child’ to a sustainable multi-million dollar business. She talks about how founders can balance short-term interests and long-term desire to build sustainable companies, how they can bring in more diversity and inclusivity to their businesses, and what the business can gain from this, the dangers of falling in love with your product, and much more.  

About the Guest

Shellye Archambeau is one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs. Formerly an executive at IBM and CMO at two public companies, Archambeau was recruited to be the CEO of a then-struggling Silicon Valley startup, which is now MetricStream, a recognized global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software solutions. She currently serves as a Fortune 500 board member and holds board seats at Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. Her debut book, Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms will be launched on October 6, 2020, with Grand Central Publishing.

Preethy Padmanabhan is the Head of Platform Product Marketing at Freshworks. Prior to joining Freshworks, Preethy was the VP of Marketing at Panzura. She is also an angel investment partner with SV2, Portfolia, and a Board Member for CortexBCI. She served in various non-profit boards focused on economic empowerment, women, children, and education. She also held positions in marketing, sales, and engineering across Nutanix, Dell, and Cisco. 

Sign up for regular updates from The Orbit Shift Podcast.


Shellye Archambeau Official Website


Buy Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau


Register as part of the Freshworks for Startups Programme 


The Orbit Shift Podcast is Powered by Freshworks Inc. a global SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo, California. 


Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK
Assistant Producer - Shashwath J
Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian