VP of Marketing Ahin Thomas

A couple months ago we opened a role for a VP of Marketing, which I said at the time was “both exhilarating and frightening.” Frightening because I “played the role since the inception of the company, it would be our first non-founder executive hire, I really want to make sure that we hire that magical….


Hiring a VP of Marketing

Thank you for your interest, but this position has been filled.Please check out our jobs page for additional great opportunities at Backblaze. Backblaze is looking to hire a VP of Marketing. I find that both exhilarating and frightening. Why frightening? Because I’ve played the role since the inception of the company, it would be our….


Backblaze B2: The World’s Lowest Cost Cloud Storage

Ever since we open-sourced the original Backblaze Storage Pod and shared our storage costs, people have been saying, “I love your backup service, but I need a place to just store data. Can you give me direct access to your cloud storage?” After a year of hard work and tremendous excitement from our team, I’m….


Don’t Build a Billion-Dollar Business. Really.

The better goal? Keep your head down, make a great product, and build a successful business. Silicon Valley prays at the altar of the billion-dollar business. And for good reason: These companies define industries, give the founders so-called “F-you money,” and provide VCs with a return that can counterbalance a dozen lousy investments. I don’t….


How to Make the Most of Working Remotely

I’m sitting in a hotel room in a small remote town in the south of Germany, where I’m spending the week working. I did not come here because of a customer, partner, or work event. Instead my wife and I coordinated a week of vacation in Berlin with a work trip for her in this….


My Permanent Out-Of-Office Email – One Month Later

Back Story: After a vacation last year I realized how much freedom my out-of-office email notification provided, so with the new year starting, I decided to try an experiment and make my email management plan permanent. I promised to check back in and let you know what happened. My Original Plan Here was my 3-step….


How to Save Marketing Money by Being Nice

We have tried a myriad of ways to promote the Backblaze online backup service. While most people sign up ‘organically’ – through a suggestion from a friend or after reading an article, we do spend many thousands of dollars monthly on Google Adwords alone. For years we have tweaked ad copy, keywords, targeting and more….


My Permanent Out-Of-Office Email

Taming the Email Monster

3,280. That’s how many emails I have in my inbox right now. Some of you probably have even more. Every day I receive a ton of emails and feel I am required to respond to every single one, and quickly. But on vacation in November I inadvertently had an experience that freed me from my….