Ep. 175 – Sprious COO, Derek Knorr

Aug 23, 2021

Our guest today is COO Alliance Member, Derek Knorr, who is the COO for Sprious. 

Sprious is a tech startup located in Lincoln, Nebraska as part of the ‘Silicon Prairie’ and primarily plays in the web scraping space, providing SaaS sales of its web scraping services as well as product-based sales for the underlying infrastructure to other web scraping companies. This allows the world to make use of the vast amount of open data on the web today. 

Derek joined Sprious as COO in late 2019. He is accountable for running the business operations and growing both top- and bottom-line earnings. Derek dual hats as head of sales and data analytics, as well as product owner for the main product line. 

Prior to Sprious, Derek grew through a variety of projects and roles over a decade with Deloitte Consulting. He focused on the US Federal market, and is one of the few people in the world to have worked at a variety of intelligence community agencies before switching to the civilian sector. Derek focused on data management and analytics, and led large IT systems modernization efforts for a number of years. 

Outside of work, Derek enjoys camping and traveling with his wife and four children (ages 7, 9, 11, and ‘almost’ 13). He grew up on a farm, so loves getting away from the computer to work outside on his acreage mowing, landscaping, gardening, and woodworking. He is also an avid reader, typically reading a book per week on average (and is proud of the “Sprious Reads” program at work, where they will buy any book for anybody on the team for any reason)

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • How Sprious ‘scrapes the web’ and how the everyday user can use their service 
  • What are the cultural differences in different regions and how it affects communications between CEO and COO 
  • How the Core Values side of the business translate between regions 
  • What tools Sprious uses to manage remote teams 
  • How to filter through the ideas from the CEO, when to say yes and when to say not right now 


Connect with Derek Knorr: LinkedIn 

Sprious – https://sprious.com

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Written By Cameron Herold

Written By Cameron Herold

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