Recruiting Never Ends …mParticle Hires Chee Chew


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My biggest struggle as a CEO at Stocktwits was recruiting. I did not spend enough time on this part of my job and it slowed us down. At startups you hear about technical debt and obviously financial debt, but a lot of the problems stem from recruitment debt. If you don’t have the right people, the technical, product and design debt debt piles up.

Running a software/technology/community company in this era is not just about a great idea and raising capital. You need great engineers, designers, product people and sales people and you need to do it fast and in a really competitive environment.

There are many great CEO’s in our portfolios over the years that have made recruiting great people their focus and the results speak for themselves.

One veteran is Mike Katz the founder and CEO of mParticle.

I had Michael Katz on my ‘Panic Podcast’ back in April to talk about his company mParticle. In our podcast Michael explains that mParticle helps companies use data to build the best customer experiences.

Last week mParticle hired Twilio’s (NASDAQ: TWLO) former Chief Product Officer Chee Chew. This is a transformative hire for the startup, who works with some of the largest brands in the world such as McDonalds, Airbnb, Spotify, Klarna, NBC Universal and hundreds more to help unlock the value of their customer data and improve customer experience. Chee’s experience is quite impressive, prior to joining mParticle:

Chee was the CPO at Twilio for (Read more...)