A lot of you have been asking me why I’m so passionate (downright smitten) about HubSpot, the #2 fastest growing software company, #33 fastest growing company overall — and #1 best place to work in Boston for the second year in a row, according to the Boston Business Journal.
Allow me to enumerate:
1. The People
Not surprisingly, when asked what they love most about the company, HubSpotters say exactly that: other HubSpotters. Takeaway: you can buy iphone 4S’, iPads, even cheap content and AdWords, but not badass people.
2. The Culture
Geek heaven. No, seriously. The place reeks of brilliant, creatively-driven people, who love what they do. Again, all the money in the world cannot buy that.
Impromptu ping pong and foosball tourneys? Beer pong? Iron Chef competition and fully-stocked food and beer in the fridge everyday? Mad-Men inspired vacation policy? Happy hour with HubSpotTV, streamed live every Friday? Got that, too.
Photos from HubSpot’s Expanded WorkSpace slide show here
Anything’s possible when you’re surrounded by people intrinsically-driven to Get Sh*t done. That’s what software, ad hoc teams in startup land are about: Produce results and solutions, grounded in data and delivered by the most talented people in the world (among them an Olympic gold medalist, former stand-up comedian and some pretty narly chefs).
Open desk space, work stations to ensure CHI (customer happiness index) and foster collaboration. Rotating desks (like musical chairs) every once in a while, to keep things (and employees) fresh and on top of their game.
Constant challenge/opportunities to see and do what’s new and next.
3. The Numbers are Like Shakira’s Hips: They Don’t Lie (nonchalantly swiped from the HubSpot Fact Sheet)
- Founded in 2006 by CEO Brian Halligan and CTO Dharmesh Shah. Based in Cambridge, MA across the street from MIT, where the company was conceived.
- Currently, HubSpot serves over 2,900 customers (with 160 employees).
- HubSpot has helped more than 5000 companies in 34 countries attract leads and convert them into customers.
- General Catalyst provided $5 million in VC funding in 2007.
- Matrix Partners provided $12 million in VC funding in 2008.
- Venture Scale Partners provided $16 million in VC funding in 2009.
- Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, and Salesforce.com provided $32 million in VC funding in 2011.
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