Adam Blitzer, Datadog COO | Early Life and Career

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Who is Adam Blitzer?

Adam Blitzer is the COO of Datadog, the leading observability platform. Prior to Datadog, he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of many cloud businesses at Salesforce. Adam Blitzer has over a decade of experience in the SaaS space.  

Early Life

Blitzer was born in 1980 and raised in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Career

Adam worked in Japan for three years working at an ad agency and also founded a startup. 

Founding Pardot

From there he co-founded Pardot with David Cummings in 2007. Pardot is a B2B SaaS marketing automation solution that enables marketing and sales teams to sell smarter. Atlanta Business Chronicle named it the fastest growing technology company in metro Atlanta in 2010. 2 years later Inc. magazine named Pardot as the 172nd fastest growing company in the United States. 

Joining Salesforce

Due to the software’s success, ExactTarget bought Pardot for $95 million in 2012. Within 9 months, Salesforce acquired ExactTarget for $2.5 billion, effectively acquiring Pardot in the process. Adam joined Salesforce as part of the acquisition, serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital (Marketing Cloud, Commerce Cloud, and Experience Cloud). 

Adam brought nearly a decade of his tenure at Salesforce to an end, joining the team at Datadog where he’s currently the COO.

Highlights

  • Co-founded Pardot
  • Pardot named fastest growing technology company in metro Atlanta
  • Pardot ranked 172nd fastest growing company in the United States.
  • Pardot acquired by ExactTarget
  • ExactTarget acquired by Salesforce
  • Adam appointed Executive VP & General Manager at Salesforce
  • Blitzer joins Datadog as COO

Quotes by Adam Blitzer

  • “The customer data platform is the battleground in marketing in the next five years.”
  • “Your culture is the main thing in your control and it can be a powerful competitive advantage.”
  • “If you were a consumer packaged goods company, you have little data about your customer, but chances are the retailer that you’re selling through has a much richer relationship with your customer than you do.”
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