Founding CRO at Procore, Dennis Lyandres: Defining "Winning"
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
9h ago
All of Dennis Lyandres’ mentors — and even his parents — thought he was making a mistake when he joined Procore in 2014. At the time, he was working at the “it” company in Silicon Valley, Cloudera, and the startup was more than 10 years old without any major wins under its belt. But he knew someone “was gonna build a massive company” in construction software, and he found out that Procore’s team was uniquely obsessive about making its customers successful: “It felt like a culture that wouldn’t lose,” he says.  In this episode, Dennis and Joubin discuss the power of food, being a “prep man ..read more
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CEO GitHub, Thomas Dohmke: Open-Source Values
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
4d ago
In the middle of the Great Recession, Thomas Dohmke quit a stable job at a good company because “I wanted to build stuff again.” Specifically, he was inspired by the release of the first software development kit for iOS, and wanted to be part of the mobile revolution. Two companies later and halfway around the world, he is the CEO of software development powerhouse Github and on the precipice of another revolution — that of AI tools such as Github Copilot. Up to 40 percent of Copilot users’ code is already being autocompleted by AI, and Thomas predicts that number could get to 80 percent in th ..read more
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President and Board Member at Freshworks, Dennis Woodside: What If This Goes Really Well?
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
2w ago
Freshworks president Dennis Woodside copes with stress by running as often as he can, a habit that began when he was CEO of Motorola Mobility. So far, he has run “16 to 17” Ironman triathlons. He’s also continually challenging himself in his professional life, leaving Motorola in 2014 to advise the founder-CEOs: Dropbox’s Drew Houston, Impossible Foods’ Pat Brown, and now Freshworks’ Girish Mathrubootham. Dennis’ advice for anyone working with founders is to “have empathy” for what they’re going through, and to understand what motivates them. Without that understanding, he says, you won’t be a ..read more
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Founder and co-CEO Brex, Henrique Dubugras: Pivot or Else
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
3w ago
The best advice Brex founder and co-CEO Henrique Dubugras ever received came from Snap CEO Evan Spiegel: The best CEOs, Spiegel told him, are “extremely authentic to themselves ... If you try to emulate being Elon Musk and you’re not like that, you’re just gonna fail.” This wisdom has empowered Dubugras and his co-founder, Pedro Franceschi, to focus on the places where they can be most effective at Brex, and to be more authentic with their coworkers.  In this episode, Henrique and Joubin discuss coaches vs. therapy, mutual crushes, “hacker famous,” big egos, why missions are overrated, dr ..read more
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Chairman & CEO ServiceNow, Bill McDermott: Full Speed Ahead
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
1M ago
“When you create something,” says ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott, “that gives you the ability to help and do good and achieve for the most people possible.” Bill left his first corporate job at Xerox for a short stint at Gartner, then served as CEO of SAP for nearly a decade. He made one more transition three years ago because he saw a great opportunity to help make ServiceNow a defining enterprise software company. “I knew it could happen,” he says. “What I didn’t know is just how unbelievably right I was.” In this episode, Bill and Joubin discuss fist-pumps, shoplifting teens, Bill’s superpow ..read more
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Co-founder and CEO Gong, Amit Bendov: No Royalty
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
1M ago
With more than 1,200 employees, it isn’t easy for Gong co-founder and CEO Amit Bendov to stay in touch with everyone. So, his team has established a series of regular programs to communicate the company’s priorities and give workers a chance to ask questions. And despite the revenue intelligence company’s scale, they’ve established a core value called No Royalty: “You’re supposed to be able to communicate with anybody in the company,” Amit says. “You’re no better than anybody.” In this episode, Amit and Joubin discuss name pronunciation, education and culture, communicating in English, family ..read more
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Dean of Stanford GSB, Jon Levin: Innovation Engines
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
1M ago
Jon Levin has been teaching at Stanford for more than 20 years, and has been the dean of the famous Graduate School of Business since 2016. Although teaching at Stanford puts him in contact with some of the most promising future entrepreneurs in tech, he says he hasn’t yet been tempted to leave academia for a startup because “I actually love being part of an institution that’s gonna be around for hundreds of years.” As public trust in institutions has eroded in recent years, Jon and his colleagues have had to make changes. For example: Proactively challenging GSB students to think about “What ..read more
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Grit Recap: 9 Intersections of Personal and Professional
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
2M ago
Grit has never been just about business, and success is not a vaccine against stress, anxiety, or depression. On today’s special episode, Joubin looks back at nine past interviews and the advice shared by guests who have been through difficult personal challenges. You can find links to the full interviews these clips came from below. In this episode:  CCO Forter, Ozge Ozcan on burning out like a phoenix and the “dark side” of grit (01:05) CMO Samsara, Sarah Patterson on the value of being vulnerable — and specific — with your employees (06:14) Co-Founder & CEO Clari, Andy Byrne on hi ..read more
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CMO GE, Linda Boff: Play ‘Til the Whistle
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
2M ago
In Silicon Valley when business is good, it's normal for top talent to hop from company to company to company. But GE's Linda Boff, described by at least one of her peers as the "Beyoncé of CMOs," has stayed at the 130-year-old conglomerate for nearly 20 years, through radical changes to the business structure, and with plans to split into three public companies on the horizon. She attributes her longevity to the fact that four out of five days of any week, she's excited to come in: "I believe in this company," Linda says. "I would have the hardest time if that went away, and it never has." In ..read more
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CEO PagerDuty, Jennifer Tejada: The Re-Finder
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by Joubin Mirzadegan
2M ago
PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada has mixed feelings about how she is often portrayed in the press, as a “badass woman CEO.” The scarcity of female executives in enterprise means that it’s often the first thing anyone wants to talk about — not her performance leading a $2 billion company, or her team. She has specifically designed that team to include more under-represented people like her, so that she is not “the only one in the room” — but one executive team isn’t enough. “In my peer group, there’s still not enough Hayden Browns, there’s not enough Yamini Rangans, there’s not enough Safra Katzes ..read more
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