Wade Foster

CEO & Founder, Zapier

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 ‚Äď they‚Äôre 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.

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