David Friend of Wasabi Technologies Recognized on CRN’s 2021 Top 100 Executives List
BOSTON,MA, August 2, 2021 – Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Wasabi CEO David Friend to its 2021 Top 100 Executives list for the second consecutive year. This annual list honors the passionate and hard-working technology executives who are supporting, growing, and redefining the IT channel. The executives named on this list have demonstrated their commitment to the channel and proved themselves as exemplary leaders through their innovative channel-focused strategies and initiatives.
Friend co-founded Wasabi in 2015 to disrupt cloud data storage with more affordable, predictable pricing and performance. A successful entrepreneur, he also co-founded one of the world’s leading backup companies Carbonite, as well as four other companies including Pilot Software, Faxnet and Sonexis. His forward-looking approach to strategic partnerships has helped the IT channel play a critical role in Wasabi’s international growth and business strategy. The company now boasts 6,000+ solution partners and 350+ technology partners, and earmarked funds from its recent $137M Series C funding to continue growing its distribution channels and partner network.
“Earning this distinction from CRN reaffirms Wasabi’s mission to deliver a cloud storage solution that is cheaper and faster than the competition and allows our partners to capitalize on the incredible market potential as the world’s data moves to the cloud.” said Friend. “We understood early on that the IT channel would play a critical role in our success, and we have made it a cornerstone of our business. We are dedicated to empowering the success of our over 6,000 partners worldwide.”
CRN’s Top 100 Executives list acknowledges the tech visionaries who are blazing new trails within the larger IT space. It honors executives across four sub-categories: the 25 Most Influential Executives, Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders, Top 25 Innovators and Top 25 Disruptors, each with its own set of strengths that impact the IT channel.
“New technology trends, such as the shift to remote work, cloud computing, SaaS, and IoT, have forced companies to rapidly adapt to an IT landscape that gets more complex by the day,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “However, with IT executives like those featured on our CRN 2021 Top 100 Executives list leading the charge, those same companies are better equipped to tackle modern IT challenges. These leaders have demonstrated an unceasing commitment to business growth and IT innovation, and I have no doubt they’ll continue to do so as new challenges arise.”
The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2021 issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/Top100.
About Wasabi Technologies
Wasabi provides simple, predictable and affordable hot cloud storage for businesses all over the world. It enables organizations to store and instantly access an unlimited amount of data at 1/5th the price of the competition with no complex tiers or unpredictable egress fees. Trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Wasabi has been recognized as one of technology’s fastest-growing and most visionary companies. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi has secured nearly $275 million in funding to date and is a privately held company based in Boston.
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