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

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 -...


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

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,...


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

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...


How Happy Socks Grew to 40 Million Pairs of Socks Sold in 90 Countries

For the latest in the Secrets for Scaling series, we talked to Mikael Söderlindh, Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Socks. Happy Socks has 12,000 retail accounts selling socks in 90 countries. On top of that, they have 30-something Happy Socks concept stores and are expecting to sell over 40 million pairs of socks in 2016! And, they’ve added underwear to their product line this year, which will also increase sales considerably. Hear more about their journey and lessons learned in this episode!