Today is going to be a little different.
I love to write about amazing companies but I realize I am not the only one with this passion. I will rarely do this but today I am going to repost a "pass the mic".
This article will be from Mitchell Earl the COO of Praxis. Praxis is a 6 month Bootcamp to help people get jobs at startups. I love Mitchells writing and he introduced me to this company with a monster opportunity so I thought I would share it with all of you.
If you like it, we will share it with the normies at a later date 😁.
Please message me back and let me know your thoughts.
"If this were a pissing match, which it’s not, but I like winning pissing matches, we would essentially be one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies ever.”
That quote is from a guy named Matt Epstein. Way back in September 2015.
Never heard of him? Well. Remember his name. Because everything he touches turns to gold (including a video resume he made back in 2011 to catch Google’s eye).
Back before HR software was sexy, Matt joined as the first employee and VP of Marketing at a company called Zenefits. And in 2.5 years they went from $0 to $4.5 Billion valuation.
Talk about a prancing unicorn. 🦄
Except. Like many unicorns (Looking at you WeWork 😉) not everything is as sunshine and rainbows as it might seem. Because shortly after reaching the top, this unicorn found itself on the wrong side of a regulatory nightmare.
And for better or for worse, the Founder and CEO got the ax (Along with 25% of the team).
That founder? Parker Conrad. Another name you’ll want to remember.
But this Rocketship Jobs update is not about Zenefits.
In fact – It’s something quite different. A tale of a Founder’s redemption, if you will.
It’s about what happened next. (And why you should drop everything right now to brush the dust off your resume so you can get in on the next gold rush opportunity.)
Months after building the world’s fastest-growing company – then getting kicked to the curb – Parker Conrad rose from the ashes. And legend has it he came back even stronger.
Why I Like Rippling:
1. Shady’s Back. So tell a Friend. (To apply to Rippling)
For those of you who don’t live under a rock and actually tuned in to The Last Dance– remember watching scene after scene of MJ obliterating opponents because of tiny slights (real or made up)?
Now imagine the magnitude of the chip on Parker Conrad’s shoulder after getting ousted from THE fastest-growing company of all time – HIS company.
And don’t “every tech bro thinks he’s MJ” @ me.
Parker Conrad is back in the batter’s box. And if I’m DJ, you better believe I’m blasting Forgot About Dre as he walks to the plate. (Yes, I did just mix sports metaphors)
Just think about it. Here’s a guy who’s already done it. With the very same growth guru who was forged in the trenches with him.
Competing against a company that was basically stolen from him.
Do what you want. But that’s a team I’m betting on every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
2. A MASSIVE New Product Category
It’s not this team’s first rodeo. So it should come as no surprise that they know how to build and position their product.
They invented “Payroll + Benefits All-in-One”. Now they’re blazing a new trail with Employee Management Software.
If you’ve ever worked in HR, IT, or been involved in employee onboarding, then you already know. It can be a HUGE pain in the ass attending to all the details. Rippling makes it all seamless. Plus, as more and more “essential tech” enters our lives – the opportunity to automate away management and administration will keep expanding.
And (aside from their astonishing growth) if you really want to know why I believe they’re positioned to create and dominate this new category, look no further than the Why Now Slide (Slide 10) from their Series A Pitch Deck.
3. Lessons Learned The Hard Way
In an interview with TechCrunch last year, Conrad was quoted saying, “The really challenging thing in a company is when the headcount grows too quickly. I’m making sure we don’t do things like more than double headcount in a 12-month period.”
When I read this I think constrained, calculated growth. An obsession over getting things right. And the discipline to keep this unicorn-in-the-making from bucking them out of the saddle once it reaches full speed.
Which means ample opportunity for anybody who can claim a currently-limited seat on this rocketship now.
How I would get the job:
Remember a few minutes ago when I introduced Matt Epstein and mentioned his video-résumé heard round the world?
Well, take a page out of Matt’s book. Read this in-depth writeup about how he went about landing his dream job.
Then replicate it for Rippling.
And yeah, I get it. We’re not all marketers. So put your own spin on it.
But don’t be afraid to make a big splash.
Because that’s exactly what Rippling is positioned to do. Make a BIG splash. And you want to be part of it.
So prepare to pull out all the stops. And go catch your Rocketship, honey.
That’s all for this RJ update.
(Oh – except I almost forgot – here’s a link to Rippling’s openings. Now hiring in Customer Support, Design, Engineering, Finance, HR, Product.)
You don’t want to be the person who missed out on Rippling. So don’t be.
Go check them out. Now. (Before they’re the unicorn everybody’s talking about).
PS – Yeah, I know. This is not Henry. He’ll be back soon. Promise. But ain’t he a real gem for letting me borrow the mic? Thanks, H. 😘
I hope you enjoyed that piece from Mitchell. It's the second time I am featuring it so here is a bit more.
This is one of my favorite companies I have ever featured. They don't have a careers page but they are hiring. Below are two new positions I found out about.
Harry is very approachable. I would reach out to him directly. Either on Twitter or Email makes a lot of sense. You can read more about Pipe here.
Ok, that's it for now.
Feel free to go read the archive for older company profiles. I add more daily.
Have a great rest of your day!