Today we’re talking to Gil Feig, Co-Founder at Merge, and Daniel Marashlian, Co-Founder & CTO at Drata. Gil and Daniel explore automating compliance, enhancing SaaS support, and the art of building high-EQ tech teams. Their conversation is a roadmap for aspiring CTOs, emphasizing innovation and strategic partnerships. A must-listen for those navigating the tech startup ecosystem.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

To learn more about Merge, visit their website here.

To learn more about Drata, visit their website here.

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About Gil Feig

Gil Feig is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of identifying and solving real-world problems through innovative tech solutions. His approach to startup success involves deeply understanding customer needs, leveraging diverse industry feedback for product validation, and prioritizing team motivation to foster a strong company culture. Gil’s leadership style emphasizes the importance of aligning team efforts with core business objectives to drive growth and scalability.

About Merge

Merge is one API to add hundreds of integrations to your product. Merge’s platform makes secure data access easy by offering Unified APIs across key software categories, including HRIS, accounting, CRM, file storage, and more. Merge handles the full integrations lifecycle — from an easy initial build taking just weeks to providing integration observability tools ensuring customer delight, and fully owning the maintenance of integrations.

Thousands of companies use Merge to power their integrations, enabling them to unblock sales, reduce customer churn, accelerate time to market for new products, and save engineering costs and resources.

Merge is backed by $75 million in funding from Accel, NEA, and Addition. Merge was founded in 2020 by Shensi Ding and Gil Feig and is proudly built in San Francisco, New York City, and Berlin.

About Daniel Marashlian

Founder. Technologist. Serial Entrepreneur. Investor.

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at Drata, Daniel Marashlian specializes in tech integration and SaaS customer support, driving success through strategic partnerships and customer-centric product development.

About Drata

Replace manual GRC efforts, reduce costs, and save time preparing for audits and maintaining compliance. Drata is the world’s most advanced security and compliance automation platform with the mission to help companies earn and keep the trust of their users, customers, partners, and prospects. We help thousands of companies streamline compliance for SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, GDPR, your own custom frameworks, and many more through continuous, automated control monitoring and evidence collection. Drata is backed by ICONIQ Growth, Alkeon, Salesforce Ventures, GGV Capital, Okta Ventures, SVCI (Silicon Valley CISO Investments), Cowboy Ventures, Leaders Fund, Basis Set Ventures, SV Angel, and many key industry leaders. Drata is based in San Diego, CA with team members across the globe.

Joel Beasley

Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

As the success of the podcast grew, Joel founded ProSeries Media, a podcast production company that helps companies worldwide create their own podcasts. With a team of producers, content creators, and podcast bookers, ProSeries Media produces over ten shows, providing a platform for companies to connect with their audience and share their expertise.

Through his work on the Modern CTO Podcast and ProSeries Media, Joel Beasley has become a respected voice in the tech industry, inspiring others to share their knowledge and insights with the wider community. His passion for creating engaging content that informs, inspires, and entertains has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on all things tech.



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