Paperless Environments is pleased to welcome Matt DeBenedetti as our new Vice President of Business Development. Matt will bring a new dynamic to our team as he works to expand our partnerships, processes and product lines. Previously with Konica Minolta, he is looking forward to focusing on the business development and recruiting processes.
Name: Matt DeBenedetti
Business: Paperless Environments
Title: Vice President of Business Development
What’s your professional history? I’ve been in the content management software space for over 20 years. I came to Paperless Environments from Konica Minolta, and prior to that, I worked with IBM and Kofax, and I had my own practice for a while. My first experiences with software were in the Navy, where I was responsible for designing and managing a housing database for the ship’s company and air wing officers. I knew then that I wanted to be a part of the evolving software industry.
Where are you from? I grew up on a hazelnut farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, just outside of Portland. After having lived and worked in different parts of the country, I realized that I missed the Pacific Northwest and recently returned home.
What attracted you to Paperless? Everything! Paperless has great software, a terrific team, fantastic partners, resellers and customers. We have a strong presence in the construction and real estate industry, and our software is well suited for other lines of business. We are expanding into new areas, and we are bringing on the right talent and resources to get us there.
What are you most excited about taking over this new role at Paperless? Paperless has made the business decision to expand our offerings to other markets, beginning this year with healthcare. The challenge and the opportunity in front of us is both exciting and transformational. By continuing to develop and expand our product offerings while pushing into new vertical markets, we’re doing things that we’ve never done before. That is exciting!
What experience from your previous jobs will benefit Paperless? I’ve had opportunities to work with some of the best software companies in the world, from Fortune 500 companies to six-person startups, and I have learned a lot along the way. I am implementing best practices and business processes into our company to transform us from a good software company into a great one without sacrificing our company’s culture and identity.
If you had to give one piece of business advice to entrepreneurs, what would it be? Don’t underestimate the requirement for capital. You may have a great idea and think the world will love it, but the amount of investment and time required to get there is exponentially more than you’d think it would be.
What would you tell people who are considering making the switch to Paperless? Paperless is a software company with a great track record of helping companies improve their operational efficiencies. We’ve developed more than 30 integrations to various accounting and business systems, and we work with hundreds of customers who rely on our software every day to automate manual and paper-based processes, because it’s efficient and cost-effective and it’s been proven to work!
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? “Follow your heart.” In other words, find what it is that you’re passionate about and pursue it completely; don’t settle for mediocrity. It’s easy to fall into doing what we’re comfortable with, but if we are doing what we’re passionate about, there will always be a reason to wake up every morning.
When not working, how do you like to spend your time? Downtime is important! Currently, I’m remodeling a house, so that takes up most of my weekends. I have a firepit and some Adirondack chairs in my yard that get a lot of use, I enjoy motorcycle rides, beach fires on the Oregon Coast, and when I am home, I love to spend time cooking for friends and family.