GTM 97: The Neural Network Training Approach to Enterprise Sales Process with Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks IV has spent 12 years leading sales, marketing and customer success at early-stage startups. Typically, he has served as the first sales (and first non-technical) hire reporting directly to a technical founder. Robert started his career at Charles Schwab but joined Stack Overflow ($1.8B exit), then Tempo Automation ($900M IPO) and is now part of the founding team and VP of Revenue at Lambda ($1.5B valuation). Robert is an advisor to several top-tier VC firms and some of the most high-profile AI startups in Silicon Valley.

Discussed in this Episode:

  • The importance of deeply understanding your industry and product when selling AI.
  • How to train your sales team to sell to highly technical buyers and decision-makers.
  • Applying the concept of neural networks to enterprise sales processes.
  • Strategies for turning around challenging customer relationships, with a case study on closing SpaceX and growing it from 0 to 10M ARR.
  • The role of empathy, curiosity, and genuine care in successful sales and partnerships.
  • Tactics for scaling revenue in tough economic times, from personalized executive briefings to strategic event presence.


(10:27) Robert’s background and early involvement in AI startups.

(15:09) Convincing technical founders to value go-to-market expertise.

(19:06) Applying the concept of neural networks to enterprise sales.

(25:25) The importance of comprehension and curiosity in sales hiring.

(27:55) Delivering a crucial hardware project for SpaceX.

(33:37) The role of genuine care in building trust with customers.

(39:56) Balancing product training and sales process training.

(44:39) One thing revenue leaders believe to be true that Robert thinks is bull$***.

(49:02) The benefits of full-stack account executives in early-stage startups.

(53:27) One thing that is working for Robert in go-to-market right now.

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Before helping found GTMfund, Scott spent 4 years at Outreach as Director of Strategic Engagement. He was in charge of aligning key relationships with VCs, BoDs, ecosystem partners and community members to drive revenue and strategic initiatives across Outreach. Scott initially ran revenue/partnerships for Sales Hacker (which was acquired by Outreach in 2018). Prior to Sales Hacker, he led and built outbound Business Development teams at Payfirma and MediaValet. Scott also advises for a number of high growth start-ups and is the host/author of The GTM Podcast and The GTM Newsletter. At GTMfund, Scott leads all fundraising efforts and runs the media arm of the firm. He’s also responsible for assessing investments, team management, LP/community relationships and GTM support for founders.

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