Sabrina Parsons

Sabrina has served as CEO of Palo Alto Software since 2007. She and her husband, Noah, founded a UK software distribution company in 2001 that later was purchased by and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Palo Alto Software. Sabrina is a successful Internet expert, having served as Director of Online Marketing at Commtouch, Senior Producer at Epinions.com, and founder of her own Web consulting company, Lighting Out. She is a graduate of Princeton University.

Sabrina masquerades as MommyCEO (www.mommyceo.org), where she writes a blog about running a business and balancing that with life with her husband and three young sons. When Sabrina is not at work she can be found chasing her kids all over Oregon: biking, hiking, swimming, skiing, and anything outdoors that uses up a lot of little boys' energy.

Recent Articles Published by Sabrina Parsons

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#TrackThis Episode 6: ROI of Conferences and Trade Shows

Welcome back to #TrackThis! Today, Matt Rissell, CEO of T Sheets Time Tracking, and I sat down to talk about tracking your ROI of attending conferences and trade shows. It’s an important question: Is it worth attending these events to get your name out there, or to have your people trained? It’s hard to know necessarily,... Read more »

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The Basics of Small Business Loans [WEBINAR]

What do you need to know about small business loans before you apply? A lot! You have a lot of options, and there are a lot of variables in the equation that determines whether you’ll qualify for the loan you’re applying for (or whether that loan is even a good fit for you and your... Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 5: Tracking Sales Funnel Conversions in SaaS

Welcome to episode five of #TrackThis, my recurring webinar series with Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets! This episode’s topic is something we at Palo Alto Software are constantly discussing, and that’s why I wanted to share it with you. If your company provides Software as a Service (or SaaS), then you’re probably familiar with how... Read more »

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Think Like A Marketer, Sell Like a Superstar [WEBINAR]

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and the best-selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, and The Referral Engine. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. He is the... Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 4: How Do You Measure Happiness?

Welcome to episode four of #TrackThis, my recurring webinar series with Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets! This episode’s topic is a big deal for my company, and that’s why I wanted to share it with you. Happy employees are more productive, and they’ll make your company better. Money spent on employee happiness is money well... Read more »

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5 Critical Tips to Reduce Your Business Taxes This Year [WEBINAR]

Tax season has come and gone, but the main takeaway from our recent webinar on tax planning for small businesses is that the key to saving money on your taxes is to think ahead and plan. It’s never too early to start thinking about how to prepare for your business taxes. One of the first... Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 3: The Lean Startup

  Have you ever heard of the book The Lean Startup by Eric Ries? It’s an incredible guide to rethinking how you develop your business, whether you’re just starting out or launching a new product or into a new market. And usually, when people are talking about this book, they’re talking about it like it... Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 2: Industry Benchmarks

You know you need to project a sales forecast, and create a budget, and then compare your actual revenue and expenses to what you guessed you’d make, and what you hoped you’d spend. But what about comparing your business’s performance to other, similar businesses, and how they did last month, or last year, or last quarter?... Read more »

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Tip of the Week: Key Insight Into Crowdfunding

A lot of times people want to ask me about crowd funding. What is it? Is it legal? Read more »

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3 Good Reasons Why Non-Profits Need Better Budgets

Budgets are an important tool for non-profits, but the traditional way of approaching them is cumbersome and not very useful. Here are three good reasons to think about changing your non-profit budget process. Read more »

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10 Things Every Small Business Needs To Do

If you're looking to start a new small business, there are a lot of factors to consider. But boil it down, and you're left with just these ten things to focus on. Read more »

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Marissa Meyer at Yahoo! Wages War on Flexibility

Last month, an internal HR Yahoo! email from the head of HR about Yahoo’s work at home policies and changes to that policy was leaked. Apparently Marissa Meyer is trying to whip the company back into shape and wants to reign in employees who have flexible working arrangements and work from home. Here is a... Read more »

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How to Be Decisive and Lead without Regrets in 2013

This post was previously published on Forbes.com. As entrepreneurs, we know that running a business brings a lot of headaches and worries along with the more positive experiences of leadership. Every day seems to be filled with decisions that affect your success and the success of your employees. Should you buy that new truck? Should... Read more »

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Lean Planning Drives Growth For Small Business

These days more than ever, as a business owner and entrepreneur, you need to innovate or die. This mantra is most true for any business in the technology sector. We constantly need to move forward, create new things, better and faster. The pressure that a small business owner has to leverage innovation into growth is only emphasized by the... Read more »

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Debunking a myth: Business Plan = Venture Funding?

Time and time again I am surprised when people espouse the common myth that you only need to write a business plan if you are seeking funding for your business.  And then I start lecturing them. Yes, every entrepreneur needs to start with a business plan, and I mean EVERY entrepreneur, not just those seeking... Read more »

Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Tim was recently invited to be the keynote speaker at the George Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Not only is it an honor for Tim, but also for Palo Alto Software. And now for the cherry on top, a post from Campus Entrepreneurship: Just listened to Tim Berry give the keynote address during lunch. Tim was... Read more »

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Best Customer Service EVER… really

About a month ago I reserved a condo in New York for a business trip I have coming up at the end of May.  I run the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network and we run an annual conference every year in late May, and this year I am the one in charge, so I have to be... Read more »

An interesting stimulus package suggestion from Barry Moltz

Barry Moltz, a popular blogger and author, wrote a very interesting post on what Obama should do to stimulate the American economy.  Here is what he suggests: If we took the $750B and divided it among the approximately $150M working Americans, each of us would get $5,000 to spend in this economy. The government would... Read more »

Palo Alto Software hits the 100 Best Oregon Businesses in 2009 list

It’s rare that we toot our own horn but … Palo Alto Software was honored this month as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Companies to work for. Oregon Business Magazine runs the awards and sends out surveys for employees to fill out. Thank you to both Oregon Business for running this survey, and thank you... Read more »

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Forget finding a new job … make one!

The New York Times had an article last week about how laid-off workers are taking matters into their own hands. The article talks about when, in a recession, do people start thinking about starting a company vs. just sending out resumes and trying to get a job: Economists say that when the economy takes a... Read more »