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Fast-growing St. Paul firm ThisCLICKS bags marketing VP from Silicon Valley

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends, Economics Updated: July 16, 2014 - 1:29 PM

ThisCLICKS, a company with about 30 employees in St. Paul, has hired a new VP of marketing out of Silicon Valley.

The firm, which sells user-friendly software that allows small businesses to manage scheduling and payroll, has grown revenue by double digits month-over-month for the past 18 months, CEO Chad Halvorson said. 

The company's software is used by more than 5,000 companies representing more than 250,000 employees worldwide — including the Atlanta Braves, SoundCloud, the Columbus Zoo and UPS Store. In January, thisCLICKS received $4 million in funding from its first outside investors.

It also moved into new offices in the Drake Building across the river from downtown St. Paul. At an event in June, Mayor Chris Coleman looked on while CEO Chad Halvorson crushed an old-fashioned time clock with a sledge hammer on the patio outside the building.

The company is part of a small but growing group of technology companies in St. Paul that are hiring, a group that includes GovDelivery.

The new VP of marketing will be Sujan Patel, who helped lead strategy for companies like TurboTax, SlideShare and Salesforce. He joins thisClicks from San Francisco-based startup Bridge US.

“What we’re building in Minnesota is an incredible company that solves a huge business problem for a commonly overlooked market. Great ideas and great execution can happen anywhere — not just on the coasts,” said Chad Halvorson, CEO of thisCLICKS, in a statement. “Sujan is a great combination. He’s deeply skilled in marketing and committed to our vision — as anyone who enthusiastically leaves sunny California for Minnesota winters would have to be."

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