Today’s guest has one of the most impressive pedigrees of my 189 podcasts guests to date.
At UCSD, James Nielsen was a 4X NCAA All-American Track Athlete, 2X National Champion, 3X Academic All-American, and President of his fraternity. While getting his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, James made the US Olympic Trials and was a Professional Ironman TriAthlete.
His professional journey started at Qualcomm as an Engineer. After a chance encounter with the VP Sales, he was recruited into Sales Engineering. He spent 5 years in that role before several Director and VP Sales roles over the next decade. He was involved in 3 separate acquisitions during that time.
In 2015, James founded Vendition, a Sales Development Apprenticeship program that gives individuals the training and experience needed to earn entry-level jobs in tech sales. He also runs Sales Bootcamp, Vendition Sales Society, and is an Advisor for CreativeVentures.vc.
In this conversation, James and I discuss:
- Why James wakes up at 4:30 to run every day
- How being an Engineer helps him run a more structured sales process
- The work Vendition is doing for underrepresented groups in sales
- James’ world-record beer mile (!?)
First, follow and connect with James on LinkedIn.
Second, show some love for Millennial Sales. Please subscribe on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube and leave a comment or review wherever you listen. It helps me to spread my reach and get more great guests on the podcast.
Let’s get after it this week.