Portfolio Spotlight: Kurt Schrader, CEO of Clubhouse*
Each month, Battery highlights a different portfolio-company CEO with our “Five Questions in Five Minutes” feature, showcasing the diversity of the Battery portfolio across investment stages, sectors and geographies.
What does your company do in 10 words or less?
Clubhouse builds project-management tools that bring joy to the process of building software.
What is your favorite piece of management/leadership advice?
Hire people smarter than you and let them do their job.
Whenever I hire someone, I look for someone who is better at the thing that I’m hiring for than I would be. Once I have that person in place, I let them set the direction and expect them to take responsibility for the results. Micromanaging all of your people is the shortest path to not being able to scale.
What’s the most under-rated trend in technology, in your opinion?
The rise of distributed teams is growing at a faster and faster rate every month. It feels like it went from a curiosity not even a year ago, to a point today where almost every new company I see is being set up as distributed from the start.
What Clubhouse accomplishment in the last 12 months are you most proud of?
Clubhouse has grown immensely over the last 12 months, but the thing that I’m most proud of is that the majority of our users are logging in and using the system daily. We’ve always tried to build something that everyone in a product-engineering organization would love using, so we’re always thinking about how we can continue to add value and keep people engaged.
BONUS QUESTION: Who is your all-time favorite music artist? And musical guilty pleasure?
Favorite musical artist is the Beastie Boys (and has been for the last 30 years). Musical guilty pleasure is all of the songs from recent Disney movies (I have a 3-year old who loves them, but I’m also a big fan).
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