It’s always thrilling for me to encounter entrepreneurs who are succeeding in off-center places, and Fathom Voice is a great example of one from Indiana.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your personal journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?
Cameron Weeks: I was born in a very small town in Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. Its total population was just 3,000. My graduating class had around 56 people.
Sramana Mitra: Where did you study?
Cameron Weeks: I went to college at Purdue. At Purdue, I studied Computer Software and some other random things that I found interest in.
Sramana Mitra: What year did you finish college?
Cameron Weeks: I left Purdue before graduating in 2008. I left, not because of this company, but another company we had founded. We had founded this company already but we also started another one that was getting some traction and became a full-time job. We made the decision to leave Purdue and pursue the company.
Sramana Mitra: What was that company? What were you thinking of doing with that company?
Cameron Weeks: It was a web development hosting company. I excluded using some of the brands these days because I’ve actually since sold the company. We built it to maintain web infrastructure for Fortune 500 automotive companies. Almost all of the top four were actually using our platform. We started this company in my senior year of high school and grew it while in college. I left college to put a lot of energy in it and ended up selling a couple of years after that, which brought us back to running Fathom full-time. It gave us money to do so.
Sramana Mitra: Let me see if I got the chronology right. When did you finish that first company?
Cameron Weeks: 2009 actually.
Sramana Mitra: You did that for only a year?
Cameron Weeks: No, I started it in 2006 to 2007.
Sramana Mitra: Why did you sell that company?
Cameron Weeks: We had grown it to a place we liked. It wasn’t something we wanted to do long-term. We really wanted to get back to Fathom Voice. It wasn’t called Fathom Voice back then. We wanted to do more. We wanted to build our own products and our own solutions and provide those to the world, and not just enhance someone else’s product or solution.
Sramana Mitra: Did you sell that company?
Cameron Weeks: We did actually.
Sramana Mitra: How much money was that company generating?
Cameron Weeks: We chose not to disclose the financials of it when the deal was sealed. It was just shy of a million dollars a year in revenue.
Sramana Mitra: You had one co-founder?
Cameron Weeks: Yes, there’s two of us. There’s myself and Brack Fields. We have been lifelong friends. We went to elementary, high school, and college together. It was in college that we decided to dive in. He’s still here at Fathom. He runs our Product Engineering team.