Wade Foster

CEO/Founder, Zapier

Wade Foster is the CEO and co-founder of Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over 1.5 million people to connect the work apps they use every day.

Zapier raised $1 million seed funding in 2012 and has grown Zapier into a fully remote business of over 140 people with no further investment. Prior to Zapier, Wade worked as a customer development lead for The Idea Works, Inc. in Missouri. He’s an alumni of Y Combinator and has degrees in industrial engineering and business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Building a high-growth, profitable, business with a remote workforce

Wade will share some of the experiences he has gained in building Zapier to a 140 person, fully remote business, with just a single round of seed funding. Based in Columbia Missouri, he will explain why thinking outside the Silicon Valley box positioned Zapier to build a uniquely customer- and employee-first culture. Profitable, rapidly growing and loved by employees and customers alike, Wade will share an approach to growth that is not based on the one-size fits all Silicon Valley playbook.