Tempered Networks wants to hire “A” players who self-manage. Recently, Marguerite Yeo joined our team, and so far, it’s not hard to gauge her impact. The first week, she took the lead on a trade show campaign for RealComm, the pre- and post-demand creation. She wrote the copy, worked with Alyssa on the design, and with Grant on the implementation and functionality of the whole campaign. A few days ago, Trisha and Rich sat down with her to help us get to know her better.
Where is your hometown?
I really have two hometowns. I spent my first 18 years in Singapore, but now I consider Seattle a hometown as well. In between, I have lived in Vancouver, Atlanta, and New York—I’ve been fortunate to live, study, work, and develop my technology career in these cities. I love technology. From a personal perspective, technology has changed my life in many ways. From a business perspective, I love marketing technology.
Before working at Tempered, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
When I finished high school, I went to work at a wholesale distribution company in Singapore. It was a small company, so I took the orders, typed them up, processed them, took care of petty cash, everything. I loved everything I learned. It really helped me to understand business and it was different from all the other normal jobs people my age took like delivering newspapers.
How do you balance your career and personal life?
My goal is to use the gym here and run at the Olympic Sculpture Park. I don’t watch TV, but I love to read, especially Dan Brown books. Okay, I have a bunch of unread books at home, you know… ‘How to write the perfect marketing plan.’ I’m also a total foodie and art gallery junkie. I always make time to try new foods and go to the local art galleries in Seattle.
What is your proudest moment at any company?
At each of the companies she has worked at, Marguerite mentioned a common theme, “I want to leave a company in a better state than when I came.” At Avalara, they made their numbers, but people also began to understand how they made the numbers, the levers they could pull, and why. At ExtraHop, she helped to create and sustain a professional website with a capability to leverage it for leads. At VMware, it was the introduction of selling cloud services online. Over and over again, she’s wanted to leave each company better.
What is your role at Tempered?
Together with a small team, I manage our company website, digital initiatives (search, social, display, webinars, email), events, partner marketing, and the brand. My goal is to drive qualified leads, and in partnership with sales, move those leads along the sales funnel.
Best vacation you’ve had?
When we asked her this question, her eyes lit up… “Iceland!!!! I love living in the city, but to visit, I want it to be rugged. So, Iceland provided a raw, pristine, and perfect trip...Ice blocks on black sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, floating glaciers, geysers, the Northern Lights, etc.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
She immediately said, “Nicole Kidman.” We all immediately saw the similarities: composed, tall, emotions under control, classy. But when we asked to elaborate, she said, “I like that she does not grab the limelight.” Yep, we agree that her work says it all.
Motto or personal mantra?
“Be nice, be good, be kind, because Karma will come back to bite you.”
People would be surprised if they knew:
I like speed…I like fast cars, and I drive a stick shift. My friends say I’m a different person behind the wheel.
We can’t wait to go for a drive!