Start-up interviews: nimrod hoofien of gusto
News 2021-02-08 23:25:56
Start-up interviews: Nimrod Hoofien of Gusto
What is your background and what are you doing work? Deep down, I"ve always been a problem solver and a builder, which, in hindsight, are two fairly obvious traits of "a future programmer. Yet, growing up in Israel, I wasn"t always 100% sure that engineering was the path I wanted to take. I had done some coding in high school and I did studied computer science in college. Of course, the attraction to technology was too strong to ignore, and I ended up in California in 2002, just after the dot-com bust. I worked for a while in astartup from Silicon Valley before heading to Seattle to work on supply chain systems at Amazon. Working there taught me a lot, especially about customer obsession as a way of life. Then I worked for a series of startups until Facebook got on board, as it made the transition to mobile. I loved working on complex business and product interactions and turning them into simple and effective customer experiences. After three years, I joined the people engineering team where we worked to help evolve the culture and practices of people from Facebook. Looking back, what I"m most proud of is the rotation engineering program we"ve put in place to help coders with non-traditional backgrounds find their place on Facebook. After three monthss off work, including my one-week annual trip to Black Rock City, I started working at Gusto, the people platform that allows small business owners nationwide to pay, on board, and to insure and provide benefits to their employees. Similar to what motivated me at Facebook, I am eager to tackle the intricacies of payroll, healthcare, tax code and finance. "assurance, and turn everything into an experience that feels natural to people using our products. What motivated you to start your business? Working for a mission-driven company is addicting and, too, contagious. Once you work for one, you can"t work for a place that values anything less. I was drawn to Gusto because of the emphasis on goal-oriented work. Our engineers here savent that they are not there just to write code; they"re there to write code that matters and solve real problems for real people. Properly setting the defaults for small business owners and getting them to the right starting point from the start, creates a ripple effect that will impact life for years to come. So far I have been impressed with the way Gusto approaches large-scale cultivation, even in times of hyper growth. What is your favorite tip? Funny the other day I played "Everyone is free to wear sunscreen" by Baz Luhrmann for my son of 10 years. The part that resonated the most with me was the line that says, “Advice is a form of nostalgia. So my first advice would be to pay attention to the advice to which youyou buy. But, with that in mind, my main advice to engineers is always that people are people. And, no matter what technology we offer them, people will always act like people - with their own feelings, emotions, motivations and experiences. When you empathize with the needs and situation of your customers, you don"t just care about the product you create, you care about the The potential impact your product is likely to have - good and bad - even after shipping. For new engineers, my advice is always: keep building. Don"t get sidetracked by anything that isn"t about construction. Being a builder is always helpful, even as engineers make the transition to leadership and other roles. The more you stay active in construction, the better able you will be to responsetting people. In fact, it "s largely a waste of time, because Silicon Valley is not what the rest of the world is like. If you really want to make an impact and have an effect on the world, build to solve real problems for real people. How do you identify talents? When it comes to interviewing candidates, I"m looking for a spark. I love seeing evidence that someone has made a decision, or a career change, because they felt it had to be done - not just because they think it will be okay. a CV or that would impress a search committee. They didn "t plan to become a coder. But they felt like they had to build something, so they joined a bootcamp and that"s how we found them. UsualYou can feel that spark in a candidate"s open source participation, or a change of job, or through their volunteer work. But, you don"t really see it until you"re 1: 1 with someone. For me, it lights up the personality that a line of code never could.