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@wadefoster

Co-founder/CEO @Zapier

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5 months ago

Zapier is offering free starter accounts to anyone on the front lines of Covid-19 relief. Many folks on our team are also at the ready to help setup Zaps and otherwise consult for organizations that…

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It's definitely easier. There's a lot more information about it too. But I'm not sure if it's significantly easier yet.

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I used to never listen to podcasts but I've started to try some over the last six to twelve months. Digging Reply All and Conan Needs a Friend

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Campfire and Google Hangouts

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We kept this pretty simple:

  1. Customer suggestions
  2. Traffic to the site (we used to have unsupported apps listed in our directory asking people to vote)
  3. Our intuition on what was popular at the time
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Tough question. There are lots of skills that are important for being a good leader.

Perhaps the most important one is good storytelling. Leaders have to be able to inspire people to a bigger…

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Sharing is probably the most interesting new angle we are spending time on. We feel like there is a segment on the world that loves to make things and help others do the same. So we're spending a…

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Pair calls are great. We do those via donut in Slack.

All our off topic channels start with #fun. So there is #fun-dogs, #fun-movies, #fun-parenthood, etc. All these channels provide a good outlet to…

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Not really. I was using Marketo at work which is marketing automation. The idea of general automation seemed like a great extension of that though.

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We used to make it easy to start creating a Zap before signing up. Turns out people liked signing up for things. So we made it easier to sign up and then make a Zap. That one still blows my mind.

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Mostly we have to answer the question: "What more can I do with this thing?"

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The tooling is a lot better. Slack and Zoom didn't exist when we started. That's gone a long way.

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Probably one of the hardest things we do. And honestly we don't always nail this. We rely a lot on customers to report things. We rely a lot on partners to keep their stuff up to date. We rely a lot…

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We're constantly trying to figure out how to make Zapier more approachable to new people. The market for this type of tool is big, if it's easy to understand.

One thing we're bullish on is sharing…

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I think the competitive advantage is decreasing. There are a lot more people doing it today than in 2012. That said, we've been doing it a lot longer and so while others are starting and learning the…

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@christopher_87 ahh! That's awesome you're here. I love those Zaps. Make me smile every time I get asked this question.

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