Natalie Nagele is co-founder of Wildbit, makers of Beanstalk, Postmark and Conveyor for customers in over 100,000 companies across the world. She focuses on direction, culture, and team happiness at Wildbit.
Wildbit produce tools for developers to design, code, and ship brilliant software. Natalie is actively working to prove that you can grow an extremely profitable business while focusing on shorter work days, an enjoyable work-from-anywhere environment, and staying small. Doing the “remote thing” since 2000, one-third of the team works out of Philadelphia, with the rest spread out around the world. Wildbit’s culture, communication, and process are specifically tailored around a remote team.
Prioritising People Over Growth
We hear a lot about unicorn exits and 100x returns for companies that make a few founders incredibly wealthy even if a significant number of employees are left burned out. We also hear about lifestyle bootstrappers that build nice businesses for themselves and their families with no ambition to be any bigger. Where’s the middle ground?
Natalie will share a story about the company in the middle – it generates lots of revenue, maximizes profits AND exists for the people that build it – Wildbit.
Natalie will share the 2 decade story of building Wildbit and why she has come to appreciate that at every point in the growth of the business, when it comes to making big decisions – about hiring, new products, culture – she’s come to believe that the most important thing in business is to keep focused on the people.