Fired Verkada Sales Manager Was Told to "Burn Bridges, Ruin Future Partnerships and Torch Future Deals"

By IPVM Team, Published Oct 26, 2021, 10:42am EDT (Info+)

A fired Verkada sales manager has shed new light on internal problems at the company, sharing angry Slack messages and alleging that "revenue is put above everything else" at Verkada.

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Numerous former and current Verkada employees supported the fired Verkada sales manager's posting.

Inside this note, we examine this situation and compare it with broader concerns at the Silicon Valley company.

For background, see Verkada: "Money is Everything", Verkada's Unethical Culture Results From Chairman Hans Robertson's Recipe, and Verkada Speaks On Disrupting Security Sales Channel.

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