The Shotgun Interview Series: A couple times a week, I put out a call via Twitter for requests for Maryland technology execs and thought leaders that you want me to interview. I then pick one person, and proceed to track them down that day for a 3-5 question interview, which I then publish here. Follow @gussent to play along and offer your suggestions.
Today, I interviewed Matt Goddard, CEO of R2I, a booming/growing Internet marketing and technology firm based in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore. They've got 67 employees and, just a month ago, opened an office in Seattle to service a big new client: Microsoft.
Here's the Shotgun Interview with Matt:
Gus: How did you come up with the name R2Integrated?
Matt: It started when we were building a new company after our first acquisition when we were Round Two Communications. Then in 2007, we merged with technology company Business Intelligence Source. We then combined the R and the 2 and added in the I from Intelligence, and rebranded.
Gus: What are you working on today?
Matt: We're doing some social media work for Lonestar Steakhouse ... Finishing some campaign pitches for Honest Tea ... We're knee deep in final development phases for Chapstick.com.
Gus: How was 2009 for you and your business?
Matt: Fantastic. we had an organic growth rate of 60 percent.
Gus: Got any big news to share for 2010?
Matt: I would say the big news for 2010 is our seattle office, and the excitement aorund our expansion to the west coast.
Gus: Last question. Are you taking any early precautions for the pending snowstorm this weekend which has Baltimore completely freaked out?
Matt: I'm not. The reason is because my house in Canton is one block from the office. I have no plans this weekend. My car will be in the garage and staying put.... You know the live-work-play mentality in the city? i'm certainly the poster child for it.
Thanks for the Shotgun Interview, Matt!!