The Debrief with Daniel Chait: From idea to $800M – how the founders of Greenhouse bet on talent to disrupt HR tech

The Debrief is a series of conversations with founders, executives, talent thought leaders on how they build talented and diverse teams, hosted by our own Teddy Chestnut. 

This week Daniel Chait, co-founder and CEO of Greenhouse, joined The Debrief to discuss scaling Greenhouse in hypergrowth while disrupting HR tech. Key moments from the conversation highlighted below. 

On Running a Successful Business (44:38): The second hardest thing when running a business is hiring the right people. The first is succeeding without those people. 

Hiring is Everyone’s Job (40:40): Hiring is the job of everyone, but it starts with leaders. When the leaders care, so does the rest of the team. 

The Real Company Culture (9:30): How do you continue to build a company with changing generational values? People do not want to just wait their turn and do what they are told. 

Defining Criteria for a Job (27:42): Talent leaders often know what they want in a candidate, but don’t have the time to memorialize those standards. Taking even five minutes to write down goals can have a notably positive impact. 

The Value Proposition of New Tech (34:52): Build a piece of software that will partner with your customer’s business to achieve their goals.

The Cost of a Bad Hire (17:00): In a services focused business, a bad hire forces the company to pay salary out of its own pocket, rather than from revenue. Hiring talent is directly related to the business’s profit and loss. 

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