Lessons & advices from TransferGo, Hostmaker and Bought By Many Engineering Leaders
“What Important Lessons They Learned In The Process of Scaling”
ScaleUp Heroes, a weekly podcast by ScaleUp Academy, aims to bring people together in different industries with a common goal which is to learn ways to develop leadership, align teams, improve processes and industry practices as companies scale. In today’s world, new technology keeps emerging every few hours. The tech landscape has drastically changed over the last decade. The growth in technology demands has companies worldwide scrambling around to fill these needs. With these demands increasing every day, tech industries have to grow fast too. This growth means tech leaders need to plan ahead where they want the business headed.
So, how did engineering leaders build and lead their engineering teams? How did these engineering teams fulfil and deliver their products according to customer demands? What strategy do they have in place so that their teams are running smoothly as they continue to scale? Here are some lessons that startup tech leaders shared in an episode of ScaleUp Heroes:
Sarunas Savicianskas, CTO at TransferGo
“ Trials and failures are good learning grounds to improve on processes, products and deliveries. In terms of code, I want to have a certainty as to when products will be delivered. Don’t try to create the perfect system — instead try to start on a good foundation. In engineering, put a good code abstraction in place which you can build on. As far as success in creating new products, you will definitely have to refactor the codebase multiple times as what eBay, PayPal, and Amazon did. If in five years as a startup you have never refactored codes, it means you have over-engineered it in the first place. Pave way for your engineering talents to work on improving tech to support not just the different products but the business as a whole.”
Ankur Bhatia, CTO at Hostmaker
“A lot of startups are afraid to have a remote team, especially in engineering. My experience with hiring remote engineering teams has been good. I was able to tap talents across Europe. This kind of building remote engineering team is a bit more adventurous but you get access to quite a diverse and talented team of engineers without geographical constraints. Not only does it save on the operating cost of hiring and relocating engineers to work in a central location but you will also have a multi-cultural environment. When you put together a mix of diverse culture in a team, it brings a different set of dynamics which brings the fun into work. When your people are happy, they will extend that joy and pride of belonging to a company that they are proud to work for.”
Guy Farley, Co-Founder and CTO of Bought By Many
“In my experience, it has been difficult to scale a tech team in key cities like London because of the difficulty of hiring the best talent. Try looking or considering other locations where talent is plenty and does not have vast competitions in the tech industry. For business founders who do not have any tech expert in their core team, consulting with a third party in regards to tech decisions is not a good idea to start off. If you are planning to outsource the whole tech team to a third party, that’s probably the wrong place to start.”
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