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Olivia Chen is the Product Lead at Faire, an online wholesale marketplace, where she joined as the second full-time hire. Prior to joining Faire, Olivia spent time interning at Barclays and Bain & Co. after graduating from Duke University. In this episode we talk about the myriad of projects that Olivia’s worked on at Faire, the advantages she’s se…
 
Keith Rabois is currently a general partner at Founders Fund. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Keith was an early executive at several successful companies including PayPayl, LinkedIn, and the COO of Square. He also spent six years at Khosla Ventures prior to joining Founders Fund. In this episode we talk about Keith’s start as a lawyer and why he d…
 
Shani Taylor is a Mid-Market Customer Success Manager at Airtable. Shani joined Airtable as the first customer success hire and the fourth go-to-market hire four years ago. Prior to joining Airtable she worked at Matthews Media Group and Cross Culture Ventures. In this episode we talk about how Shani went about building her first Customer Service T…
 
Thomas Dimson was the former Director of Engineering at Instagram. Thomas joined as one of the first 50 employees and the 16th engineer there. During his time at Instagram he developed prominent features such as the polling sticker in stories, hyperlapse, emojineering, and authored the feed algorithm. He left Instagram in February of this year and …
 
Andrew Munday was the former Director of Operations and on the founding team of DoorDash. He has also started and run operations at several companies including Open, Future Fit, Pilaris, and currently Local Food Group which he co-founded. In this episode we talk about Andrew’s first job delivering pizzas, why he thinks hard work is the key to succe…
 
Joseph Abebe was the first FP&A hire at Slack when it had around 70 employees. Prior to Slack Joseph worked at Glassdoor, YuMe and in investment banking. He is currently an advisor at Techstars and an angel investor. In this episode we discuss how Joseph thinks about monitoring resource allocation, assessing talent, and the importance of listening,…
 
Lindsey Fielding is the VP of Growth and Marketing at YieldStreet. Lindsey worked previously at IBM and HealthiNation and joined YieldStreet as a founding member within its first year. In this episode we discuss how Lindsey's background in Psychology has been applicable in the world of investing, why she loves building at young companies, and the p…
 
Willem van Bergen is the Principal Production Engineer at Shopify. He joined as the 25th hire, before Shopify had even raised a Series A. He's been there for over 10 years and currently leads the product and engineering team. In this episode we talk about the massive growth he's learned to navigate, advice he'd give to early-stage engineering teams…
 
Babak Siavoshy has had a remarkable legal career focused on privacy and civil liberties, having worked on the landmark Supreme Court Case, States v Jones. He then got into tech, working first at Palantir as their Global Data Protection Officer, and now at Anduril In this episode we talked about States v Jones, the ethics of working in defense, the …
 
Today’s guest, Zach Kitschke, is one of the earliest employees at Canva. During his time there he has had a few roles, including head of people, head of brand and marketing, and head of comms. With such a wide range of roles we talked about how early employees can scale up with a company, how Canva maintains such a strong and distinct culture, and …
 
Today’s guest, Sanne Manders, is COO of Flexport. We chat about everything from scaling international logistics, how to make your startup more full-stack over time, and their covid PPE-delivery project. I hope you enjoy the show. Get full access to Operators & Delian’s Ramblings at delian.substack.com/subscribe…
 
Today’s guest, Brett Browman, has been head of performance marketing at two killer startups in a row. He first worked at Square, now publicly trading at $37b, then Opendoor which just raised at $4b, I hope you enjoy the show. Get full access to Operators & Delian’s Ramblings at delian.substack.com/subscribe…
 
My guest is Richard Ni, formerly the first recruiter and then head of recruiting at Cruise which got bought for $1b, and now the head of people at ScaleAI, which was recently valued a $1b in a round led by Founder’s Fund. Richard has a very unique background for the world of HR/people given he studied computer science at MIT the same year as me. I …
 
Kelly Wright is today’s guest who led Tableau from $0 -> $1b in ARR. In this episode we discuss sales culture, how to interview reps, what companies fail at in go-to-market and how Kelly got into sales and scaled Tableau. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think. I’ll have this cross-published to Apple Podcasts etc later today Get full access to …
 
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