At Thumbtack, I spend my days with an amazing group of thoughtful, talented, and creative people focused on this question: How do we help people—both on Thumbtack’s team and on Thumbtack’s platform—reach their potential?
It’s something I’ve thought and dreamed a lot about, and that’s why I’m thrilled to announce that Laszlo Bock, the former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, is joining the Thumbtack team as a strategic advisor.
No one has thought deeper on leveraging human potential than Laszlo, who helped Google grow from a company of 5,000 employees to 75,000 employees in just ten years. At Thumbtack, Laszlo will be mentoring leaders across the company, sharing his business insights in our weekly leadership meeting, helping us recruit the best talent, and most importantly, helping our team reach their potential.
I’m so grateful to partner with Laszlo in part because I know the challenges he will help us tackle in the years ahead are ones we only dreamed of when we started Thumbtack.
Eight years ago Thumbtack was just an idea and I was sleeping in a closet (in our first “office”). For years we were a small and scrappy team of less than 10. The first time we went to raise institutional money, we got rejected 42 times. For over a year our team worked without salary, and our bank account almost hit zero. Our focus was survival.
Fast forward. Today, Thumbtack is a team of more than 500 in the U.S. We’ve raised $273M and don’t need to think about fundraising anymore. And most importantly: we put more than $1 billion into the pockets of small business owners last year.
These days, our focus goes beyond survival to something way more fun: reaching our potential as individuals and as a team, and helping redefine the future of work so anyone with a skill can start and run their own small business.
I’m excited by this challenge every day, and I feel incredibly lucky to have Laszlo fighting alongside us in this mission.
So, a big welcome and high five to Laszlo! And if you’re excited to be challenged and grow with us—we’re hiring. 🙂