Hiring & Culture

Stories on the art and science of hiring and onboarding talent, as well as keeping people happy and engaged through great company culture

From Freemium to Enterprise: Growing to over 10 million users

Dave Grow always considered himself an operator. When he joined Lucidchart seven years ago, shortly after co-founders Karl Sun and Ben Dilts had built the product, he was there to take care of the business side of things. From answering customer support tickets and doing digital marketing to hiring and setting up partnerships, Dave did…

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Finding talent: How Nikos Moraitakis hires for the company of his dreams

The first quality that strikes you about Nikos Moraitakis is his directness. There is no sugar-coating or unnecessary political correctness with this SaaS CEO. “No one ever came to work because of the ping pong tables. Even less so, stayed for them,” he tells me early in our conversation. My initial attempt is to figure…

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People Power: Hiring and Developing Your Success

The SaaS Revolution Show is a weekly podcast that brings insights and tactics from leading SaaS entrepreneurs and operators across the world. Hosted by Alex Theuma, the show is brought to you by SaaStock. You can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast. On this week’s episode, we take you back to one of the panels we hosted at SaaStock17….

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Lessons from Scaling Marketing at LinkedIn and Pipedrive

This is a guest post by Laurence Bret-Stern, CRO of Pipedrive. Laurence is one of a dozen speakers we are bringing to SaaStock on Tour London on March 21st. Grab a ticket while we still have them. Every good story involves a conflict or challenge that needs to be overcome. Without obstacles or a climax, there would be nothing to propel…

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How to set up an organisation for 10x growth with Hanno Renner, Personio

As is often the case in tech, timing is crucial. It’s hitting the sweet spot of offering a solution when a market is just ready but not saturated with competitors. Hanno Renner, CEO and co-founder of German HR solution Personio, and the latest guest on the SaaS Revolution Show got his timing just right. He launched…

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The most important question to ask while scaling up with Peter Holten Mühlmann, Trustpilot

On the latest episode of the SaaS Revolution Show, Alex talks with Peter Holten Mühlmann, CEO of Trustpilot, an online review community. Peter offers practical wisdom such as when is the right time to go international, how to fundraise and what is the question every CEO needs to be answering as a company scales. Trustpilot’s story…

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The journey of a SaaS CEO with Chris Hall, CEO at Bynder

On the latest episode of the SaaS Revolution Show Alex is joined by Chris Hall, CEO at Dutch marketing tech company Bynder. In the conversation they touch on the pillars that define the journey of a CEO – from scaling and growing the company, its culture and its people to the personal transformation a CEO…

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Planning for growth: the discipline that led Hotjar to $10 million ARR in 2.5 years

David Darmanin was always an avid reader. But up until the birth of Hotjar, not many business books graced this Maltese founder’s bedside table. As he attempted to kickstart a third startup after two failed ones, he made it a priority to read all the books he could to build the company right. “There is…

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Highs and Lows in Product and Marketing with Des Traynor [Podcast]

In the latest episode of the SaaS Revolution Show, we take you to the Scale Stage of SaaStock which Des Traynor of Intercom and Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital graced for a chat on product management and marketing. With more than 100,000 monthly active users, an ARR growth from $1 to $50 million achieved…

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5 tips on building a SaaS unicorn with Ryan Smith

SaaStock17 kicked off with a bang as Ryan Smith, CEO, and Co-founder of Qualtrics and Philippe Botteri, Partner at Accel took the stage for a fireside. The conversation circled around Ryan’s experience growing Qualtrics over the last 15 years. From starting in his family’s basement and bootstrapping for 10 years, to raising $480M, Ryan has…

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