We're joined by Wade Foster, cofounder & CEO of Zapier, a company that basically hasn’t raised capital, doesn’t have an office, doesn’t have salespeople, and whose product consists of connecting other people’s products. And yet today they are doing well over $50M in profitable ARR, have hundreds of employees and thousands of hyper-passionate customers, and are one of the most interesting private SaaS companies in the world. We’re super excited for Wade to join us and dive into the full story of this came to be!
“We as founders have been prone to overthinking things. Just go for it, don’t be afraid of being a little weird about it. It’s hard to stand out. If your conviction is telling you to something unconventional, unconventional stands out.” Wade, CEO of Zapier @wadefoster
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[00:00] – Introduction of Zapier
[03:18] – What Music and Founding a Company have in Common
[05:30] – The birth of Zapier
[09:15] – Why was Zapier founded at the right time?
[11:44] – Zaps: Great for Legacy Companies and Startups alike
[14:30] – Zapier and the Low-Code / No-Code movement
[17:55] – How and Why Zapier Won
[24:15] – Chasing Emerging Opportunities
[28:55] – Wade’s thoughts on Remote Work
[34:33] – ASYNC
[38:53] – Zapier’s Financing Strategy
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