ChannelEyes Founder Bob Godgart Named Rensselaer Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Lifetime Achievement Award To Be Honored October 7, 2016

ChannelEyes Corporation founder Bob Godgart was today selected as the 2016 William F. Glaser Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. Established in 1990, the award brings the world of entrepreneurship and innovation into Rensselaer classrooms by recognizing successful entrepreneurs and role models who share their wisdom and experiences with students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

As a successful entrepreneur, Godgart has started five companies and turned them all into market leaders. His visionary ideas took him on a journey to transform not one, but several industries. He joins an esteemed group of previous award winners including the founders of Intuit, NVIDIA and Bay Networks.

“We are excited to honor Bob Godgart as the recipient of this year’s William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year, a hallmark event made possible due to the generosity of Bill Glaser in his dedication to promote and foster entrepreneurship in our world,” said Thomas Begley, dean of the Lally School. “Bob reflects the tenacity, innovation, and commitment of Rensselaer students and graduates who create solutions for a better tomorrow.”

The Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year program will take place Friday, October 7, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the Rensselaer campus in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Paul J. and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer. Registration can be found here.

It is a great honor to receive this recognition from Rensselaer; however, it’s also for all the people behind these ventures that made them successful,” said Godgart. “Co-founders, management teams, investors, strategic partners, and most importantly, the employees and their families who spent so much of their lives dedicated to the startup life. I truly hope that my business journey will inspire young RPI entrepreneurs to pursue their technological dreams.”

ChannelEyes, the fifth company Godgart founded, has been growing rapidly since the recent launch of OPTYX, a predictive alerting, scoring and prioritization solution that helps channel organizations increase indirect sales by optimizing partner interactions based on data science. Designed as a workflow tool that runs seamlessly with Salesforce and other CRM systems, it automatically and intelligently processes internal and external data signals to help channel sales account managers work smarter, close more deals faster and continuously grow revenue.

About ChannelEyes Corporation

Founded in 2011, ChannelEyes is a global software company that is reinventing how vendors drive channel partner sales and loyalty. The SaaS platform includes ChannelCandy, the world’s largest mobile-first product for partners, as well as OPTYX, the first indirect sales workflow product to help sellers with predictive analytics and leverage big data science to drive more sales. ChannelEyes has received numerous accolades for its technology including being named a Cool Vendor by Gartner and one of the fastest growing companies in New York’s Capital Region by the Business Review.

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About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America’s first technological research university. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science “to the common purposes of life.”

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