We thought it would be interesting to run some blogs about the super people at Cloudhouse. We’re speaking to people across all our teams to find out a bit more about them, what their role is and what makes them tick. We also ask them for their thoughts on AI and all about their biggest IT fail!
Meet… Stuart Pratt, Channel Manager
When did you join Cloudhouse?
End of June 2021.
Tell us a little about your career up to this point:
I’ve always been in sales in one form or another. I was a Starbucks Store Manager at the age of 21, and have had spells in Education, Advertising and IT sales since then.
What do you do at Cloudhouse?
I was previously a Sales Operations Lead with Cloudhouse focusing on renewing contracts with our clients, but I was recently promoted to Channel Manager, at the beginning of this year actually. As we expanded, we wanted to look at expanding our sales reach into the channel space, and with my experience of working in the reseller environment in previous roles, and knowing both the reseller and vendor side of the cycle, it was a great fit. In my new role, I still focus on renewals, but it has also allowed me to put my own stamp on our channel process and help Cloudhouse succeed.
What’s the best thing about working at Cloudhouse?
As cliche as it is, it’s the people. Everyone values everyone’s opinion, the management is clear-cut with no hidden agendas, and it blows my mind what the tech team can do!
What do you get the most satisfaction from in your role?
We have such a broad spectrum of clients and some really big names, it’s inspiring to me when they tell us how effective our tool is in their day-to-day world. It’s amazing to know that our products are helping real people.
Most embarrassing IT moment (e.g. hitting reply all when you really shouldn’t have, deleting something VERY important, leaving your laptop on the train…)
So, I’d actually forgotten about this until I read this question earlier. In my previous role (not with Cloudhouse I’d like to add!), I went to visit one of the tech team and I was really interested in their laptop, it was high-spec and looked really cool. I thought it was one of those touchscreen ones that does the 180 flip… turns out it wasn’t but I’d already tried to flip it and completely snapped it in half before I realised that.
What’s your view on AI? Friend or foe?
Foe. It frightens me how clever it is and its endless capabilities.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Professional footballer. I was actually really good at it, playing for an academy, but I got an injury at 14 which meant I couldn’t carry it on.
What would you choose as your last meal?
I’d say something like a basic curry – maybe a lamb rogan josh with keema naan.
Is a Jaffa cake a biscuit or a cake?
If you had a choice between being able to fly or being invisible, which would you choose?
Fly – anything to avoid the tube and train services at rush hour!
Cats or dogs?
Dogs all day long.