Sinopse

Secrets for Scaling is a Geckoboard podcast exploring the growth secrets of successful founders and CEOs. Whether you're just launching your business or taking your company to the next level, you'll learn proven strategies and tactics for growing a sustainable business.If you're interested in focusing your team and improving key business metrics, check out our live TV dashboard app: https://www.geckoboard.com/

Episódios

  • Josh Pigford of Baremetrics on cutting through the startup hype to grow a sustainable business

    Josh Pigford of Baremetrics on cutting through the startup hype to grow a sustainable business

    05/07/2017 Duração: 20min

    Josh Pigford of Baremetrics shares his lessons in goal setting and focus as a founder, patience, sustainable growth, branding, and what’s next for the company.

  • Srini Rao of Unmistakable Creative on how to build focus and hone your creativity as a founder

    Srini Rao of Unmistakable Creative on how to build focus and hone your creativity as a founder

    27/06/2017 Duração: 23min

    Srinivas Rao, Founder of Unmistakable Creative, shares his unique founder journey, how the media company is productizing, and his top lessons learned from interviewing hundreds of the most unmistakable and successful people in the world.

  • How Balaji Srinivasan of 21.co and a16z sets goals and manages teams

    How Balaji Srinivasan of 21.co and a16z sets goals and manages teams

    13/06/2017 Duração: 26min

    Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21.co and Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, talks about goal-setting, metrics, motivating a team, digital currency, and the future of Bitcoin.

  • Unbounce’s Oli Gardner on evolving metrics, scaling culture, AI, and more

    Unbounce’s Oli Gardner on evolving metrics, scaling culture, AI, and more

    30/05/2017 Duração: 30min

    Oli Gardner of Unbounce shares the future of AI in marketing, the top mistakes he sees founders make, the early marketing decisions that led to their success today, and more. Read the episode highlights here: https://www.geckoboard.com/blog/secrets-for-scaling-unbounce-oli-gardner-podcast/

  • Pipedrive’s co-founder Timo Rein reveals how they segment goals to keep focus

    Pipedrive’s co-founder Timo Rein reveals how they segment goals to keep focus

    17/05/2017 Duração: 38min

    Pipedrive co-founder Timo Rein shares the early product decisions they made to grow into a successful Series B company with 250 employees, as well as how they set goals and hire for character fit. Read highlights here: www.geckoboard.com/blog/secrets-for-scaling-pipedrive-timo-rein-podcast

  • Tyler Barstow of Vinyl Me Please on how to not be a jerk manager when growing a business

    Tyler Barstow of Vinyl Me Please on how to not be a jerk manager when growing a business

    09/05/2017 Duração: 31min

    Tyler Bastow, co-founder of Vinyl Me Please - a monthly record subscription club - shares how their customers have grown up with them, how they align their team around the vision, set and track goals, and how they’ve learned to lead and manage founder stress without bumming their team out. Hear the whole story above or read episode highlights here: https://www.geckoboard.com/blog/secrets-for-scaling-tyler-barstow-vinyl-me-please-podcast/

  • Lessons from Pramod Dabir of West Agile Labs on minimizing technical debt while moving fast

    Lessons from Pramod Dabir of West Agile Labs on minimizing technical debt while moving fast

    02/05/2017 Duração: 29min

    Pramod Dabir, Co-Founder and CEO of West Agile Labs - a global digital design and development partner - shares what you can do early on for smooth growth, how to align a distributed team around a vision, how to build a sustainable MVP, and more. Listen to the full episode or read the highlights here: Here’s a quick company snapshot: - Founder experience: 6 years - Team size: 150 team members - Customers / Revenue: 40 clients - Company founded: December 2012 (5 years old)

  • How the CEO of Makers Academy built a culture based on trust, not fear

    How the CEO of Makers Academy built a culture based on trust, not fear

    25/04/2017 Duração: 15min

    Evgeny Shadchnev Co-Founder and CEO of Makers Academy, Europe’s leading developer bootcamp, shares how they're building the company on pure trust, not fear. They use unusual tactics to do so, such as self-setting salaries. They also believe that everyone should have a job they love and do everything they can to ensure that’s true for their employees and the developers who graduate their program. Here’s a quick company snapshot: - Founder experience: 9 years - Team size: 24 team members - Traction: Graduated more than 1,000 developers over the last four years and worked with hundreds of companies - Company founded: December 2012 (4 years old) Learn about how they’ve reached profitability by focusing on trust and autonomy in the full episode!

  • How Jon Crawford built and sold Storenvy: his tough lessons learned

    How Jon Crawford built and sold Storenvy: his tough lessons learned

    18/04/2017 Duração: 25min

    In this episode, we spoke with Jonathan Crawford, founder and former CEO of Storenvy, an e-commerce marketplace for indie brands. Jon was with the company from day one for six years and learned some hard lessons along the way. He was kicked out of Y-Combinator on the first day. He built his first team only to let them go all at once. He heard many “no”s from investors. He learned about what’s important to him - what he wants to do as a founder and what he doesn’t. He learned what makes him happy. When he left in 2016 after selling the company, it was at 30 team members with 130,000 stores open on the platform and millions of dollars flowing through it per month. Hear the whole story in the full episode!

  • How Marvel grew to a Series A: lessons on acquiring, hiring, and building a great culture

    How Marvel grew to a Series A: lessons on acquiring, hiring, and building a great culture

    10/04/2017 Duração: 21min

    In this episode, we spoke with Murat Mutlu, co-founder and head of design at Marvel. Marvel is a free platform for simple design, prototyping, and collaboration. Here’s a quick company overview: - Founder experience: 4 years - Team size: 31 team members - Traction: 1 million users, adding 1,500 new users/day - Company founded: November 2013 (3 years old) - Stage: Series A Having recently raised a Series A of about $5 million, Marvel is in a critical stage of growth. They recognize that they need to find what works for them and have developed processes and frameworks early on so they can scale their business and culture. Learn more in the full episode! Photo by Joe Watts: http://joewatts.co/design-club-26-04-16

  • How Ratios CEO Marc Biles cascades OKRs and keeps them simple

    How Ratio's CEO Marc Biles cascades OKRs and keeps them simple

    04/04/2017 Duração: 20min

    For this episode, we spoke with Marc Biles, Founder and CEO of Ratio. Ratio is a software company dedicated to inventing smart products that help make people’s lives better and easier. They’ve made four customer-facing products: an AI tool, an underwear subscription club, a financial price comparison website, and the software that powers the comparison for other financial websites. A quick company overview: - Founder experience: 13.5 years - Team size: 19 team members - Traction: 18 million consumers matched with a product in one year; inclusive and estimated revenue $11.4M for this fiscal year with approx. 60% growth YoY. - Company founded: March 2011. Started trading in May 2013 (4 years old) Ratio certainly has an interesting scaling story with a team spread across such a diverse set of products. In the interview, Marc shares how they stay focused, how their culture has evolved for the better, how he aligns the team around the company’s goals, and more.

  • How Peter Reinhardt scaled Segment to 130 employees by focusing on the long game

    How Peter Reinhardt scaled Segment to 130 employees by focusing on the long game

    28/03/2017 Duração: 22min

    In this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we chatted with Peter Reinhardt, Co-Founder and CEO of Segment. Segment is a SaaS company helping thousands of companies collect and leverage their customer data. Here’s a quick company overview: - Founder experience: 6 years - Team size: 130 team members - Traction: 4,000 customers - Stage: Series B - Company founded: 2012 (5 years old) Having dropped out of college his junior year to start Segment, then scaling the company to 130 team members in five years, Peter has learned several tough lessons in his founder’s journey. He candidly shares his lessons in management, goal-setting, and values in the episode!

  • How Verdigris takes a unique, politics-killing approach to team hierarchy

    How Verdigris takes a unique, politics-killing approach to team hierarchy

    21/03/2017 Duração: 22min

    For this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we talked with Mark Chung, Co-Founder and CEO of Verdigris. Verdigris is an IoT (internet of things) company that has developed a sensor network helping commercial buildings manage their electrical equipment. Their mission is to sustain and enrich human life through responsive energy intelligence. Their focus is on using information extracted from smart buildings to create a more intelligent approach to how we consume energy. Here’s a quick company overview: - Founder experience: 5 years - Team size: 24 people - Traction: 50 customers (from individual hotels to multinational corporations) - Company founded: Nov. 2011 (5 years old) - Business model: SaaS and hardware subscription Verdigris takes a unique approach to their company structure. They have six functional teams, each with an elected representative who work together to make decisions for the company. They’ve also learned when to focus on building a culture of innovation vs. an operational culture. Learn mor

  • How FareHarbor scaled to 135 employees by staying true to their culture  hiring smart

    How FareHarbor scaled to 135 employees by staying true to their culture & hiring smart

    14/03/2017 Duração: 24min

    For this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we spoke with Lawrence Hester, Cofounder and CEO of FareHarbor, an online booking platform for tours and activities. Here’s a quick company overview: - Founder experience: 4 years - Team size: 135+ team members - Customers / Revenue: 3,500+ clients and $3 billion in total ticket sales in 2017, $50MM+ in revenue - Company founded: 2013 (4 years old) It’s safe to say that FareHarbor has seen considerable success over the past four years, but it hasn’t always been easy. The FareHarbor team has put in the hours and gone above and beyond to get the company where it is today. This speaks volumes for the culture they’ve built from day one, which has been recognized by Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Hear how they’ve built the business and scaled their culture in the full episode!

  • Scaling is a journey: How and why Mobilize built their team after raising a Series A

    Scaling is a journey: How and why Mobilize built their team after raising a Series A

    28/02/2017 Duração: 34min

    For this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we spoke with Sharon Savariego, Co-Founder and CEO of Mobilize - a software enabling companies to organize and communicate with their external network. Founded in 2014, Mobilize is now a team of 30 with over 150 customers and a Series A under its belt. To get there, they’ve taken a thoughtful and unique approach to finding their first customers and growing their team. The result is a company focused on sustainable momentum. Learn more about their story and tactics in the full episode!

  • Recruitees CEO on how a pivot can lead to scaling

    Recruitee's CEO on how a pivot can lead to scaling

    21/02/2017 Duração: 28min

    For this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we chatted with Perry Oostdam, Co-Founder and CEO of Recruitee - a SaaS product making it easier to hire a team and grow your business. Founded in August 2015, Recruitee now has over 2,000 SME customers using the software with a team of 15 and growing. Perry met his co-founder Paul on a site specifically for finding co-founders. They started out with a gaming company called GeoRun but they found themselves more interested in their side project, which was a better fit for their team’s passions and skills. Hear their full story!

  • A solo-founder’s journey to 900 customers: an interview with Nick Franklin of ChartMogul

    A solo-founder’s journey to 900 customers: an interview with Nick Franklin of ChartMogul

    14/02/2017 Duração: 33min

    In this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we talked with Nick Franklin, Founder and CEO of ChartMogul, a product offering SaaS and subscription reporting, analytics, and metrics. Founded in 2014, ChartMogul now has a team of 21 people with 900 customers and six-figures in monthly recurring revenue. Like so many of the most-loved companies, ChartMogul was built to solve a problem. Hear their full story and lessons learned on Nick’s solo-founder growth journey in the full episode.

  • How Price Intelligently used customer data to build empathy and double revenue

    How Price Intelligently used customer data to build empathy and double revenue

    01/02/2017 Duração: 35min

    Founded in 2012, Price Intelligently now has 30 employees and has consistently doubled or more than doubled revenue each year, reaching over $5 million in 2016. They found success by building empathy for their customers and their team through collecting qualitative and quantitative data. Learn about their growth journey, insights into effective pricing strategies for SaaS businesses, how to hire, and more in this episode of Secrets for Scaling!

  • How Ghost built a profitable business with a Silicon Valley counterculture approach

    How Ghost built a profitable business with a Silicon Valley counterculture approach

    25/01/2017 Duração: 28min

    For this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we spoke with John O’Nolan, the founder of Ghost. Ghost is a fully open source, hackable platform for building and running an online publication. The Ghost story is unique to most S4S episodes in that it’s not backed by venture capital, or even bootstrapped. Ghost is a nonprofit organization, which launched from a Kickstarter campaign that raised over £200,000 (8x its goal of £25k) in 2013. Today, they see $720,000 ARR (annual recurring revenue) for their managed hosted service with 10 full-time employees, in addition to hundreds of part-time open-source contributors and volunteers. They grew from 10 million to 100 million requests for people reading online publications on the Ghost platform in two years, indicating success for their customers as well.

  • How Wordstream doubles its revenue every year: An interview with Larry Kim

    How Wordstream doubles its revenue every year: An interview with Larry Kim

    14/01/2017 Duração: 40min

    For this episode of Secrets for Scaling, we spoke with Larry Kim, Founder & CEO of Wordstream, the leading industry provider of search marketing management software and services. Wordstream sees a compound yearly revenue growth rate and has more than doubled revenue every year on average since 2011. They earned $30 million in revenue in 2016 alone!

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