Benefits as a Percentage of Salary

One of the strategies we employed at Pardot was taken right out of the Google playbook: lavish employees with great benefits. Internally, we focused on providing benefits that were in the 99th percentile of all companies and salaries in the 60th percentile. People would always comment, “your benefits must be crazy expensive — we can’t…

Hero and Hassle of the Month

Early in the life of Pardot we heard feedback from our team that we needed to do a better job acknowledging employees that had gone above and beyond as well as hassles in the company that were impeding people from being as productive as possible. To help with this, and increase the internal communication, we introduced the Hero…

The Power of Getting the Band Back Together

Over the years I’ve read a number stories about entrepreneurs building great companies, having a nice exit, and then getting core members of their team back together for the next venture and achieving strong results. Now, this past year, I’ve see it happen a few times at the Atlanta Tech Village and can attest to…

Opportunistic Hiring

One of the most important responsibilities for an entrepreneur is recruiting great people. Only, most entrepreneurs exclusively focus on recruiting people for open positions (e.g. ones that have a job listing on the site). Instead, entrepreneurs would do well about being more proactive with opportunistic hires. Yes, financial considerations are incredibly important, but so is getting the…