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Meet Rob O’Keefe: The Fast Interview

Rob O’Keefe (left), Account Executive (Enterprise) at Fast

Rob O’Keefe

Role: Account Executive (Enterprise)

Team: Enterprise Sales

Why did you join Fast?

When I was working at DocuSign in 2020, I followed Matt (Kobach, Director of Content Marketing) on Twitter, when he was at the New York Stock Exchange. A couple of months later, he joined Fast. I checked it out, and I started following Fast and Domm (Holland, Co-Founder and CEO at Fast). When I took a closer look, I was impressed by how the company was being built. The product made a ton of sense to me, and it seemed like an exciting opportunity.

What were you doing before?

I’ve been in sales and business development roles most of my career. Before coming to Fast, I was at DocuSign for four-and-a-half years. Prior to my DocuSign days, I worked at General Assembly. The “office” was like a college campus and the core product was vocational courses for professionals in subjects like coding, design, and product management. And before that, I worked for a sports agency called Premier Partnerships in L.A., which was my first job out of college. It was an awesome experience.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up in Lafayette, California, just outside of San Francisco. My mom and dad always said I was a really happy kid and was everybody’s friend. I like to think I am still that way today. I played lots of youth sports and grew up in a sports-centric neighborhood. The teams I played on won a lot of Little League titles and basketball championships. I was very competitive.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I just got engaged. And I’m really proud of myself and my fiancée for working toward that. It was an amazing moment for the both of us. Professionally, one thing sticks out: I kick myself now for not sticking with it, but I started a sports business podcast a few years ago and ran it for one year. A lot of those conversations all those years ago have informed a lot of my professional relationships now. I interviewed sports agents, presidents of professional sports teams, people who started behemoth sports brands, and world champion athletes. Maybe I should start it back up again?

What's your productivity hack?

I like working out in the mornings. It's something to get out of the way, and it keeps my energy high all day. Also, I love making checklists and feel like it keeps me engaged all day. And recently, I took this five-week “knowledge management” course called Building a Second Brain. It’s helped me organize all my thoughts and notes in a way that gives me a sense of self-peace.

When did someone's kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?

I think about my mentors and role models, and if there's one attribute that sticks out, it's that they're kind. One of my very close friends, Ryan Blanck, has been like a big brother to me for several years. When I started at Fast, we got on the phone, and he asked me, “How can I help you in this job?” Only kind, empathetic people say things like that and mean it.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview, and why?

When I was a kid, I read a lot about Teddy Roosevelt. He’s a fascinating human being. I’d just love to be around his energy. The other one would be Michelle Obama. I just read her book, and I am so moved by the woman she is.

What's your top travel destination?

Italy. I’ve been before, and my fiancée and I had a trip planned for Venice in April of 2020, and then the pandemic happened. So we want to go there! 

Where do you see yourself in a year from now?

In one year, I'm going to be married. In terms of Fast, I want to be everybody’s best teammate. I want people to look my way and say, “Everytime I talk to Rob, I always have a great conversation and he’s got my back.