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Austin McChord

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Austin McChord is the founder and CEO of Datto.

When McChord founded Datto in 2007, his goal was to create the best backup and disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity (BC) solution available; he succeeded.

Datto provides emergency back-up and data protection services to large firms who trust it to get them back online fast. When Hurricane Sandy took down a New York City-area high frequency trading firm, Datto had them back online in a matter of minutes and it claims it can restore IT-services in a matter of seconds now.

That speed and reliability has translated into spectacular growth: The 7-year-old firm is profitable, nudging $100 million in sales and has more than 330 employees.

McChord is a major shareholder at Datto. He has a degree in bioinformatics from Rochester Institute of Technology, and holds several patents. In 2014, he was named a Finalist of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as named a CRN Top 25 Innovator and a CRN Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive. McChord also sits on the board of the Connecticut Technology Council.

Source: Datto, Forbes, Huffington Post

Companies and Investments

Datto (founder, CEO); Connecticut Technology Council (board member)

Lessons Learned

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes - just be tenacious and focus your energy and it will be all right.

Entrepreneurship is about a drive to build something. Entrepreneurs want to put the pieces together differently and create something new. Whether it’s a new team, a new product or a new market, they have the passion to build something that didn’t exist before. I relate it to what I wanted to do as a kid. I wanted to be an inventor, and being an entrepreneur is the closest thing I’ve seen to that. Drive, passion and the desire to create something new are the core characteristics.

Inspiring Quotes

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is - everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Steve Jobs

Austin McChord's Quotes

I am consistently impressed with the depth of partnership Datto has with GC. It’s been incredible in helping us scale the company.

Austin McChord

As you get bigger, you have to say NO more often - be focused. Stay focused.

Austin McChord

Influential Books


Steve Jobs