Executive Hiring Series, Episode 1: VP of Sales

1 min readOct 27, 2022

Kicking off the Executive Hiring Series with the one and only John Connors.

In this first episode we discuss key considerations a Founder or CEO should make when hiring a VP of Sales. Quick lowdown: It’s all about closing business, building strong teams, and crafting + delivering against forecasts.

John is a veteran technology-industry leader. He is a FUSE Operating Partner, Ignition Managing Partner, and previously spent 16 years at Microsoft where he served as CFO and CIO. Additionally John has extensive Board Member experience at several industry leaders such as Nike, Splunk, Icertis, and more. He has seen what it takes to run a successful GTM, and has significant wisdom to share.

Check out the sneak preview below! Also, be sure to see the companion write-up linked as well.

Where to listen?
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4QSJGCXH3dVm1d7lgrOCfx
- Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/operational-excellence-executive-hiring-series-episode/id1604959765?i=1000583742427
- FUSE Website: https://fuse.vc/blog/operational-excellence-executive-hiring-series-vp-of-sales-interview

Where to read?
- Episode companion writeup: https://fuse.vc/blog/operational-excellence-executive-hiring-series-vp-of-sales




FUSE is a venture capital firm based in the Pacific Northwest that partners with early-stage software entrepreneurs.