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How to Build a Startup with a Cool Culture

May 29th, 2015

Our founders, Greg and Sean, started out as two mates with an idea to create something cool and solve problems.

Nearly ten years later they’ve done just that.

This week we officially became a team of 200. That’s 200 people across two floors all focused on our mission to shake things up in how people borrow money using technology driven and customer centred products – like we’ve never seen before.

So, we were pretty chuffed that our co-founder Greg was invited to speak at Daze of Disruption – an event bringing together some of the most innovative and disruptive minds who are shaking up industries with better ways of doing things.

Alongside fellow Aussie entrepreneurs, Greg shared valuable lessons learnt from building Nimble into one of Australia’s most successful fintech startups.

He spoke about anchoring steadfastly to the problem you’re trying to solve at every stage and how surrounding your startup with good people who share the same cultural values will work wonders.


Here are some takeouts of Greg’s talk on how to build a disruptive company with a cool culture:

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Hire people based on what they know. Not who they know.

We just want to hear about how people think and how they solve

problems.

Measure everything. Eliminate politics with Data based decisions.

We just want the best outcomes. We don’t really care whose idea it is.

We like guys who aren’t afraid to try things.

Hire people who love change.

Things are changing fast and if you don’t love learning and adapting, you’ll fall behind.

Hire people who get it done.

They’re effective. They’re not signalling getting it done and talking in sound bites. Execution is actually harder than coming up with ideas.

Good guys care a lot about the mission.

There’s no substitute for people caring and buying in. They can fall a little short technically, but we’ll take a good cultural fit over a genius dickhead any day.

Check out the top quotes from Daze of Disruption here

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