125: How to Build a Distributed Team for Fast Growth with Wade Foster of Zapier
You can’t talk about fast-growing SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) companies without mentioning Zapier. In about five years, they’ve amassed a customer base of over 1.5 million registered users, and grown their team from just three founders to 60 people. But perhaps what’s most impressive and unique about Zapier, is the fact that those 60 people can be found all over the world.
While Wade Foster and his co-founders reside in San Fransisco, he is quick to mention that does not mean Zapier’s headquarters are in San Fransisco. Not just employees, but also members of the executive team can be found on almost every continent, working remotely. Zapier is living proof that entrepreneurs and startups are no longer strictly bound by location, and that there is a whole world of talent out there.
“The internet feels like our true home,” Foster says.
You might think that having such a team would be a detriment to a fast-growth company but, according to Foster, having such a large, distributed team is precisely the reason behind Zapier’s impressive success. When it comes to managing and leading such a scattered team, all while building a fast-growing SaaS company, Foster is a master.
In this week’s episode you’ll learn:
- How to validate your idea and find your first customer at the same time
- The pros and cons of managing a distributed team of over 60 people
- What a high-performing distributed team looks like
- Keys to building a B2B company as quickly as possible
- Wade’s favorite apps and tools
- & so much more!
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