Jason Tiller, Head of Partnerships at Rocketspark
From the typical childhood dreams of becoming a fireman or an astronaut, Jason Tiller, Head of Partnerships at Rocketspark has inherently always enjoyed working with people which has made him suited to helping Rocketspark establish their external partner network.
We caught up with Jason to learn more about his career journey into tech and why he loves working at Rocketspark. Jason also shares some insight into the importance of not burning bridges. Thanks for sharing your story, Jason.
“My job is to find people that design websites and show them why they should use our website builder.”
Firstly, how would you explain to a five year old what it is you do?
My job is to find people that design websites and show them why they should use our website builder. I help them get better at what they do by teaching them how to run their businesses better and by giving them new ideas.
And for the adults, what does that translate to in regards to your day-to-day?
I attract and retain designers that design websites for their clients.
What are some of the common misconceptions about working as the Head of Partnerships?
I’m not really sure, perhaps that it’s not a hard sales focus, more of holistic, long term approach to growth.
“I had no idea really, fireman, astronaut all the usuals, but I’ve always enjoyed people.”
Was working in tech something you dreamed about doing as a kid, if not what was?
I had no idea really, fireman, astronaut all the usuals, but I’ve always enjoyed people.
Tell us a little bit more about your career journey and ultimately about how you ended up working at RocketSpark?
It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I settled into the advertising industry. Getting my first gig with Ogilvy in Auckland brought me to the attention of Fairfax Media who offered me a sales management position that lasted a few years.
Through the strengths of the relationships I’d built, I was offered a role at Tracta, an advertising agency, to build their relationships. Now at Rocketspark, I do the same thing.
“Every industry is a small village, don’t burn bridges.”
What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Every industry is a small village, don’t burn bridges.
What do you love about working at RocketSpark?
Helping people in a real way that impacts their lives.
Lastly, RocketSpark continues to grow and evolve, what are the key traits and characteristics of people that will be well placed to work there?
Empathy is key to most of the traits I consider important. Empathy leads to helping behaviors, which benefit relationships across the spectrum. Forethought, initiative, anticipation of needs - these are all important for the future of Rocketspark.