The biggest question you might ask yourself is this: How did this all happen?
How did we get here?
And what are we doing to fix it?
I am not going to try to guess, I am just going to say this: We are going to start this company, and we are going do this right.
As we are starting this company today, I want to share with you a series of articles I am going to share that will help you learn more about how we built a $1 billion startup, what we are doing to grow this company into a $5 billion company, how we plan to use our money to do this, and what I will do next.
This is a list of my favorite articles from the last five years.
But first, here are some facts.
We are the #1 most popular company in the world.
We have a $10 billion market cap.
We pay our employees $11 an hour.
We recently raised $150 million in Series A funding, with investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and others.
We’ve built a network of over 300,000 customers and over $20 billion in revenue in over 150 countries.
And we are a startup company.
So, let’s go back to our beginnings.
And then, the next two articles will tell you how we got here.
How did I get here from New York?
Why are we building a $3 billion startup from New Jersey?
Let’s start with a little history lesson.
This is where I learned that the world was a much bigger place when I was in college than it is now.
I am talking about my senior year, because that was my freshman year in college.
In that first semester, my dorm was in a different part of campus, but I stayed in the same dorm with a lot of the same friends.
I got into a lot more trouble than I did in my sophomore year.
It was during that semester that I first met the founder of one of my college roommates, David Gandy.
I met him while walking to class.
David was very smart, very cool, very humble.
We went to a lot in high school, and he had a great idea.
He said, “I know this is going to be really hard.
But if we can get someone to work for us, then we can buy some equipment and rent out a few rooms.”
And that was the beginning of my relationship with my college roommate.
He was an amazing person.
And, over the years, we grew close.
We had a lot to talk about, and one of the biggest things that we talked about was our company.
We were building a startup.
David said, I think we need a CEO.
And I said, well, David, we don’t really have a CEO in the United States.
So we had to figure out how to find one.
So, we hired David Gaster, a very talented person, and his company, Cloud9.
And when David first got the job, he was just trying to get by on his own.
He worked two jobs to support himself.
He couldn’t afford college.
So he was able to work as a server, and that was his only job.
But he quickly learned that he loved coding, and when he was working on the server, he learned how to code.
So when David was hired by us, we were thinking about hiring a software engineer.
We hired David because we were looking for someone who had a background in software development, and who would be able to do the job of an engineer.
And he had that experience.
He had a PhD from Harvard Business School.
And the guy we hired as the CEO of Cloud9 was very, very smart.
And he hired a team of engineers.
And it was very exciting.
We wanted to hire a lot.
We knew we needed a lot because we wanted to be able a) to build something that was truly revolutionary and b) to have a large and growing customer base.
And so, we brought on a team from a company called SAP.
And that’s when we learned that they had the expertise to do both of those things.
So our team grew from two to about 50 people, and I remember being at one of their meetings and seeing them talking about the fact that we were hiring a lot and that the team was a lot bigger than they were.
So that was when I realized, we really had the right team.
And because we had the correct team, we started building something that we knew was going to change the world for the better.
I mean, I grew up in a family of engineers, and engineers are a great bunch of people.
And they’re hard workers.
They’re great communicators.
They have great minds.
And if you are a company that is focused on building a better world, and they are