Wade is the CEO and co-founder of Zapier (rhymes with happier), a workflow automation tool used by over 1.5 million people to connect the work apps they use every day.
Wade studied business and engineering at University of Missouri-Columbia before Zapier raised $1 million seed funding in 2012 after graduating from Y-Combinator where he was told his idea was nice – but not big enough. Zapier is a fully remote, profitable business employing over 350 people across 35 countries – they’re just humans who think computers should do more work. Zapier has taken no further investment though some original investors, though not the founders, recently sold their holdings at a reported $5billion valuation.
Reflections on Growing a Remote Company in a Pandemic
Wade and Amir Salihefendic will share and compare their experiences leading and growing remote-first companies. Neither fits into the stereotypical tech company mold. They have both grown steadily over a decade and continue to grow rapidly to this day. They will discuss how they’ve adapted over the course of 2020 and beyond to maintain the health, growth and impact of their companies for the next 10 years and beyond.